We are in an epic battle in this country, particularly here in Michigan, to wrest control of our elections and our government back from the corporate giants that are increasingly more powerful. On one side you have a national network of groups coordinated under the State Policy Network which pump massive infusions of cash into groups like the Mackinac Center. The Mackinac Center then churns out pro-corporatist, anti-labor, anti-public schools propaganda masquerading as “news” and “journalism” and their writers are paid handsomely to do it. They even hire former journalists for these paid positions.
On the other side you have people like the team here at Eclectablog. We get no corporate paychecks. There are no wealthy progressive benefactors supporting our work. In fact, with a couple of exceptions, we have received little financial support from organizations despite our tireless work helping them to get out their message. Let’s put it this way: there ain’t no George Soros cash filling our bank accounts.
We rely on you, our readers, for the majority of the revenue we raise to pay our writers. But, thanks to federal law, you can give as much as you want!
Here’s how you can contribute to the good guys in this epic battle:
First, you can make your donation using the PayPal link below. You can change the amount if you wish. The default is $50, less than $1 per week — way less than you would spend on a newspaper subscription, and less than it would cost to buy even a gas station coffee once a week.
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If you would prefer to send a check, send me an email and I’ll give you the address. This is the most beneficial way for us because it avoids the Paypal and Tinypass fees that are taken from contributions to the site.
And finally, you can come to our 10-year blogaversary party that will be taking place at the Arbor Brewing Microbrewery (formerly the Corner Brewery) in Ypsilanti on May 1st from 7-9 p.m. If you’d like to make a donation in person, enjoy some free beer, and have a chance at some fun door prizes, please plan to join us then. Our special guest will be the incredible Lizz Winstead, comedian, author, and co-creator of The Daily Show. Lizz will be doing a special Eclectablog comedy set and talking about her exciting new project Lady Parts Justice. LPJ will be bringing a major political event to Lansing this fall before the election and you’ll get to hear more about that at our party.
There are also sponsorships available. If you, your organization, or your candidate would like to sponsor the event at the Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500), or Bronze ($250) level, please contact me. We’ll make sure your support is acknowledged before and during the party.
For more details, updates, and to RSVP, visit our Facebook Blogaversary event page HERE.
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