New stretch target
Thanks to you, the pressure of getting onto the ballot paper is taken care of and we can get on with the important work ahead. You are amazing and so is the future with people like you and tools like crowdfunding, social media and independent media.
Our Stretch Target...will be used for ongoing election costs and outreach to help get the message to everyone who can vote; keeping campaign money between the UK voters and candidates - not corporations seeking influence, is a vital part of the change so many wish to see.
The changes we need in our system of government can start happening now; raising campaign funds through individuals via crowdfunding, rather than being obliged to powerful financial backers. The Green Party is not like other parties and the 2015 election promises to be something unique.
I’m Tina Louise Rothery, the Green Party candidate for Tatton, Cheshire and this crowd-funder is in place to raise the money needed to cover the costs of campaigning. The current MP for Tatton is Chancellor George Osborne (he doesn't need to crowdfund but he will be indebted to his party's big backers).
Time and again we see the same types of people taking office and wielding power. We are not so naïve as to believe any more that the political decisions that gift us dangerous industries in our back yards, the privatisation of our NHS, seemingly forgiven banking scandals, bank bailouts and austerity, war, torture and trade agreements granting near omnipotence to corporates – are in our best interests.
I do not believe our current system of government is at all reflective of the people we truly are and it will take the input of people more-like-us, to make it so; I am running in order to be the change I wish to see. Your kindness in giving, makes the difference in so many ways and although the 'Rewards' appear just a trifle - my thanks are genuine and heartfelt.
After 4 years of campaigning to halt plans for unconventional energy techniques like fracking and Coal Bed Methane and standing as an activist with so many others across the world calling for change with the Occupy movement, I believe bridging politics and activism to be an important step towards better. I have longed to hear politicians speak about the things that really matter and to have a reason to believe they are acting with good intent - I find these things easily amongst activists. This 2015, I hope more campaigners and activists take their good intent and 'occupy politics'.
I’m appealing for £900 to cover the cost of entering the election (£500) and for the publicity materials, travel and other costs along the way. The Green Party is determined to be on as many ballot papers as possible this time round and I want to make sure the people within the Tatton constituency are aware that there IS a choice in 2015...
...it doesn't have to be business-as-usual any more.
Every pound you can give will make a difference and help to democratise political fund raising, thank you so much.
With sincere thanks,
Tina Louise Rothery
**Please ensure you are on the electoral register - this is a requirement of donating to a political party. And you'll need to be on it to vote next year - register here if you're not.**
*If you pledge £500 or over, you must be willing to provide your contact details and address.*