When the Maryland legislature passed the In-state tuition for illegal immigrants bill in April, all the smart people were predicting that a successful petition drive would cost a minimum of $100,000. Well, it looks like they were wrong!
I’ve got a lot of things piling up to post, but I thought it was a good juxtaposition to do this post after I just reported how the FAR Left MD Senator Ben Cardin is rolling in money.
The lesson is that it doesn’t always take gobs of money to win—average citizens (not rich people with big bucks from special interests) working hard (as Tea Partiers tend to do) with good leadership can have a profound impact on the political process even in Blue Maryland.
Here is what the Baltimore Sun said about the campaign to stand up for the taxpayers of Maryland against the moneyed interests in the political Left/Open borders movement (they didn’t exactly say it was David vs. Goliath, but I am).
The latest campaign finance filings show that freshman Del. Neil C. Parrott spent just under $14,000 on his successful drive to put the Maryland Dream Act on the 2012 ballot.
Parrott, a Washington County Republican, kicked off a signature gathering effort in mid-April with $4,800 of his own money. As cash trickled in, he paid himself back. The MDPetitions.com campaign reported a balance of $11,095, funds Parrott can use to fight any legal challenge.
“We ran a really clean tight campaign and used the money very effectively,” Parrott said.
More than 130,000 Marylanders signed the petition, and as of this afternoon 104,728 signatures had been validated by the state board of elections. Local boards must finish counting next week.
Money came mostly from donations of $50 or less, and the group received little direct financial support from other Maryland elected officials. Exceptions include Del. Kathy Afzali, a fellow freshman Republican, who contributed $300 from her campaign account. Del. Michael Hough, another freshman GOP, sent $150.
The Post (which was virtually silent throughout the petition drive) has a pretty good article on the drive and its innovative computer program here this week too.
How about this idea—those who want the illegal kids to go to college should pay for them privately! It is called put your money where your mouth is!
My only comment about the WaPo editorial is this—if there are so few illegal alien students who would benefit from taxpayer subsidized tuition why don’t rich Leftists like Ben Cardin, and Joseph E. Sandler with the help of Gustavo S. Torres join forces and create a PRIVATE RICH PERSONS FUND TO SEND THE KIDS TO COLLEGE! Call it the “Illegal kids college fund.” Why should some middle class Marylander struggling to send his own kids to college be subsidizing illegal aliens with his tax dollars?
As a matter of fact, I wonder how many kids the rich (greedy!) Leftists could send to college with the money they will use to fight middle class Maryland taxpayers on this referendum campaign? (You see clearly now, it’s not about the kids!)
Donate to Maryland Petitions!
It is not too late to send donations to Maryland Petitions to help fund legal defense against the rich Leftists (who have tons of money to hire the best lawyers, like Joseph. E. Sandler), either go to MDPetitions.com and donate on-line or send a check to Maryland Petitions, P.O. Box 32, Funkstown, MD 21734.