Updated: Aug 22, 2020
Rejecting the model of pay-to-play, Aaron Clarke's campaign team opts to raise money through GoFundMe.
It is an little-known axiom of campaign financing to your average Joe, but many campaigns feel they must create a PAC to handle their money to avoid being seen as illegitimate by large donors. Aaron Clarke's campaign rejects that notion.
“This creates an environment where you have to spend money you don't have to raise money to pay yourself back for unnecessary expenses.”
Campaign Director Jennifer Leigh Haygood speaks out:
"What you have is an entrenched understanding among people with money that candidates cannot be trusted to spend their campaign funds within the guidelines set forth by the Campaign Finance Division of the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office, and that simply isn't true for all individuals. Aaron set up the campaign finance accounts, he handles the money directly, and is in constant contact with the team about how best to spend that money. He trusts us and we trust him. That's why we work with him and feel good about volunteering. The campaign is not strictly required to set up an LLC or EIN for fundraising purposes, but not having these things can stymie efforts to set up accounts with other crowdfunding sites like CrowdPAC and ActBlue. This creates an environment where you have to spend money you don't have to raise money to pay yourself back for unnecessary expenses. We've applied for accounts through these sites without providing information we simply do not have...or need, and we are continuing to pursue access to these sites. In the meantime, we are using GoFundMe and other avenues, and it's going as well as we could hope given that Aaron's campaign is supported by underprivileged people. That's OK with us."
A Call for Contributions
On Friday, Ms. Haygood posted yet another call for campaign contributions to a Facebook group administered by Clarke's colleagues at Bridge the Gap NWA, which reads as follows.
***BY REQUEST, OUR ACTBLUE ACCOUNT IS PENDING AND WILL BE LIVE WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. IF YOU PREFER TO AVOID GOFUNDME DON'T COUNT US OUT YET! WE'VE GOT YOU -- STAY TUNED!***
With less than 80 days until November 3rd, Clarke for Council is running as hard as our legs will carry us!
We are within days of launching The Safe Zone, have been planning upcoming campaign and Bridge the Gap NWA events for early September, and will be LIVE with City Council voicing dissent against the housing development at 40th & Olive this coming Tuesday at 6:30 pm!
It’s a lot of work to run a grassroots campaign, but it’s the most rewarding work we could have hoped for to stand in solidarity with the Rogers community and say, “enough is enough.” We will continue to stand with you come what may, and now we ask that you stand with us!
Clarke for Council is in dire need of additional funding. Aaron himself has given as much as he can, and the rest of us are working on a volunteer basis without secondary income. Will you contribute $1, $5, $15 to rise with us to the measure of our character?
Aaron Clarke understands what it means to go wanting. To go hungry. To go without so that his children can have a taste.
Aaron understands where you are coming from because he is coming from the same direction, and we are all moving forward together!
Anything you can do to help Aaron make our voices heard is a blessing bestowed on the Rogers community. Aaron’s commitment to the wellbeing of all Rogers residents is expressed through his platform of working across social and economic divides to lift the least stable areas in our community up from their cycle of poverty by implementing
Cooperative Community Enforcement to ensure our citizens are handled with care when interacting with police
Rogers: Ready for Business, which demands that Rogers city improvement contracts be granted to Rogers businesses whenever, and wherever, possible
Learning through Recreation, the very basis of The Safe Zone, wherein Rogers Parks & Recreation Department is asked to invest its multiple grant funds in extra-curricular sports, tutoring, and continued education programs for all residents, FOR FREE
Internet Infrastructure Advancement to provide high-speed broadband access to the 38% of Rogers households currently unable to participate in online learning and remote work opportunities through tax incentives proposed in US HR-2147
OUR CITY, OUR HOME which directly opposes thoughtless rezoning under the Density Concept Plan to slow the decline of home-ownership in Rogers and fight for renters impacted by Covid-19 and Arkansas’ failure to pass renter’s rights laws despite mounting criticism
It’s an ambitious plan, and it’s one worth fighting for.
DONATE TO CLARKE FOR COUNCIL TODAY AND JOIN US IN FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT FOR SAFETY, STABILITY, PROSPERITY, COMMUNITY, AND A PLACE TO CALL HOME!
Subscribe for updates on the good work of Bridge the Gap NWA at www.bridgethegapnwa.com and keep an eye out for the long-awaited launch of Aaron's official campaign website THIS WEEKEND!
WE'RE #1 ON THE BALLOT, LET'S BE #1 IN VOTES!!
To contribute to Clarke for Council, visit the GoFundMe at www.gofundme.com/clarke-for-council