Blegging for buses

Would you like to buy the Obama campaign a canvasser-day in Iowa for $30? You can.

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

Mail to:

Kelly Kleiman

Office Manager

46th Ward campaign office

4084 N. Broadway

Chicago, IL. 60613

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com