Voting for Obama, right now

Do you have five bucks to spare? If so, how about contributing to the Obama campaign today to boost his donor count as we reach the end of the reporting quarter?

If you don’t actively want to see Barack Obama in the White House, read no further. This post isn’t directed to you.

If you do want to see Barack Obama in the White House, and you have five bucks to spare, there’s something you can do about it, today. With the end of the fundraising quarter approaching, Obama is trying to build his donor base to 350,000 and his number of separate contributions to 500,000. You can go here, right this minute, and make a $5 contribution by credit card. Yes, this will get you on the campaign’s email list for future pitches, but that’s not such a heavy price to pay for casing a vote early. Neither is $5.

It’s no secret that the polls have been stagnant, showing a big lead for our weakest candidate in November and the one least likely to bring with her a strongly Democratic Congress. And the Clinton campaign is playing the “inevitability” card for all it’s worth. A strong fundraising quarter for Obama &#8212 not so much in dollars as in numbers of contributors and contributions &#8212 will help put a brake on the HRC Express. This is one of the very few ways in which you can cast an early vote; why pass it up?

Obviously, if you have serious money to give, that’s even better. The campaign is running a “matching fund” gimmick that will add some leverage. Or you can just set up for a monthly donation.

Footnote Four years ago, when this was a solo blog and I was a Wesley Clark supporter, there was a “contribute” button above the blogroll. Now that we’re a group, there will be no “official” endorsement, unless it happens that we’re unanimous.

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