My sister Kelly (the smart one in the family) is a full-time volunteer running the Obama office in Chicago’s 46th Ward (Northside, near the Lake). She is organizing Chicagoans to canvass in Iowa on four Saturdays in September and October.
Of the crowd she has organized, 165 don’t have their own cars, and although they have time to contribute they don’t have money. The Chicago office has no budget for transportation. So the problem is to get those 165 people to and from Iowa four times.
Renting a bus that carries 55 people for a day costs about $1500. So she needs to raise about $18,000. For bureaucratic reasons, those contributions have to go to the office in Chicago in the form of checks made out to the bus company. (They still count as contributions to the campaign, and against any individual’s $2300 general-election limit.)
Given that the organizing work is already done, this is an amazingly cost-effective activity; in effect, donors are buying canvasser-days for the campaign at something under $30 each, targeted at the state FiveThirtyEight.com ranks #7 in return on investment.
So if any reader who hasn’t maxed out wants to help, this looks like a good opportunity to me.
Details at the jump, or send me an email.
Make checks payable to:
REK Travel-Chicago Charter Express
46th Ward campaign office
4084 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL. 60613