(HUMOR)-How many persons or corporations have experienced refusal (rejection) of their campaign donation(s)? My donation is a small amount compared to others, but it is considered a large sum of money in this household because things are financially tight right now.
In fact, it came from my “stash” money or in the good ol’ days called “mad money.” Every housewife had this secret stash to spend on something not necessarily part of the household budget, remember that ladies? When I was a youth, this “stash” was always enough to hire a taxi for a ride home. (Geesh…did I really say “housewife?)
Not even meeting 50% of the $99.00 or less, required for reporting purposes, my piddly donation was submitted in the form of a check enclosed in a Thank You card. I wanted to express my personal thanks and admiration of this candidate on another matter. Feeling bad that I was unable to send a larger amount, I suggested this candidate could decide to use this (small) donation for a well-deserved (small) luncheon…okay, maybe only an order of appetizers!
My check was returned marked “Refused” across the front with a personal letter of explanation. At first glance I was sure that I read the word “Rejected,” being accustomed to seeing “Void” written across the front of the check! Ouch!
The very professional letter sent to me by this candidate’s campaign headquarters explained I should donate through a certain website and provide ALL my personal information. This method of donating is required to remain in compliance with campaign reporting agencies. A pre-printed donation envelope was provided explaining further regulations. Bottom line: My donation was too “ambiguous” when I proposed my luncheon suggestion on the thank you card.
Folks…let me assure you I did not, could not and would not donate $4,100.00, the maximum allowed contribution this candidate has agreed to accept during any one campaign cycle. I’m in the category of a minimum donor who should have fallen into the “less than $99.00″ threshold…way under, whose name shall never appear anywhere, according to the rules & regulations.
Please know I am NOT complaining. The rules are the rules.
It’s sad to think my actions may have caused debate on how to best handle this misguided “ambiguous” donation.
It’s sad that…time, energy and money was spent on this issue.
It’s sad I spent 402 words on this post to share this conundrum with Cactus Thorns readers.
It’s sad there are so many regulations required on the little guy who desires to participate in the process.
Dang it! Give me a chance to purchase some homemade cookies or over pay for the apple pie at a bake sale fund raiser or garage sale!
There should be a smartphone APP for texting #DONATE-NOW to allow 2.1 million persons to donate $1 dollar…no questions asked.
Then again, I don’t own a smart phone…Geesh!