Let’s say you’ve done all other normal charitable giving. You’re not hyper-rich, so don’t expect any direct benefits (i.e. three seats down from the candidate at a fund-raiser dinner). Not only that, you have no particular pet causes (though some of the issues you feel strongly about have already been covered under “other normal charitable giving”), and you don’t want or expect any special treatment at all—you particularly don’t want to pestered for the coming years by a stream of solicitations.
Your local politics are remarkably staid—there are no particularly contentious issues or party strife, so you are fairly ambivalent regarding who gets elected to dog catcher. Lastly, your Congressional district is deep in the ‘safe’ category for the incumbent (and assume you don’t have strong disagreement with him/her); the Senate seat is similarly safe.
Note though, that you do have strong political feelings, and you’ve already spent all your going to spend on hookers and blow. This is money that you’ve already earmarked for political campaigning.
Keeping in mind that you’ve already spent all you’re going to spend on hookers and blow, you’ve earmarked $5,000 to influence the upcoming elections. What do you do?
Directly to a presidential candidate fund? The national party closest to your affiliation? A PAC or Super-PAC? A non-profit organization that is closely tied to the election (i.e. a voter registration organization that is concentrating efforts to finds voters that are likely to vote similarly to you)? A different state election that *is *contentious?
And do you send it all out today or do you wait until later in the cycle?
What’s a Doper to do?