From October 28th:” Breaking: halfway to goal to tilt my possible Congressional campaign v. Paul Ryan”
After meeting with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Kaleka positions himself as anti-establishment, bucking the system, bi=partisan, and moderate: Ryan challenger meets fundraisers, party officials in Washington, D.C.
According to Kaleka, the powerful DCCC recommended polling to get a sense of his chances in the district.
He disagreed. “You know how I poll? I go there and I talk to people,” Kaleka said.
And so far, he said, the response from the region has been positive.
I’ve counted 121 hugs since (announcing) Monday,” Kaleka said. “It’s people coming heart-to-heart and saying. “We really want you to do this.”
Kaleka said he also “fought with the DCCC” when it came to staffing his potential campaign.
Lamenting the “brain drain of qualified young people leaving southeastern Wisconsin, he said, “Everybody wants to bring the national pundits in…. but if I’m going to campaign, I’m going to go local.”
Kaleka said he envisions staffing his office with”young and savvy Democrats and Republicans…. people who are moderate in their views and want to move the economy and our nation forward.”
Amar Kaleka, a Democrat considering challenging Congressman Paul Ryan, has launched a crowdfunding campaign and says its success so far means he’ll run.
Kaleka’s is the first congressional exploratory committee to start off fundraising this way, according to representatives from crowdtilt.com, a site that lets people to pool money for shared goals.
The filmmaker, entrepreneur and former teacher launched the 10-day fundraising campaign Monday with a video in which he says, “In true Democratic form, I have decided to come to you, the people, first.”
Kaleka, 35, says in the video that if he can raise $5,000 or more by Nov. 3, he will consider that sufficient encouragement to file the paperwork and launch a formal bid against Ryan.
As of Tuesday, crowdtilt.com showed Kaleka has raised $5,372.01 since Monday. Having exceeded his crowdfunding goal, Kaleka said he is aiming for Nov. 8 to make a formal campaign announcement.
Text at the end of Kaleka’s video promises: “If you elect me, you will never again need a speech writer or a giant pot of money to throw your hat into the ring with corporate interests.”