Buy Pat Toomey's Vote

$72,821 of $60.1k goal

Raised by 4,426 people in 20 days
Katherine Fritz
on behalf of Ronald Cowell
 PHILADELPHIA, PA
Betsy DeVos has donated $55,800 to the campaign of United States Senator Pat Toomey. 

Incidentally, despite all evidence to the contrary, Senator Toomey thinks that Betsy DeVos would be a great choice to lead the Department of Education. 

Betsy DeVos has never set foot in a classroom, did not send her children to public school, cannot distinguish between proficiency and growth, and thinks that guns should be allowed in schools in the event of grizzly attacks. That fictitious grizzly is about as qualified as Ms. DeVos to run the Department of Education. 

If Betsy DeVos can buy Senator Toomey's vote, we should be allowed to do the same.

If, of course, Senator Toomey does not wish to accept any funds raised*, all money will be donated to Camp Sojourner, the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, and the Children's Literacy Initiative. 

*or if this tongue-in-cheek fundraising page somehow constitutes a bribe, despite being eerily identical to the actions of Ms. DeVos.

** I've gotten enough emails about this that I suppose I have to spell this out: I am obviously not going to bribe an elected official, as that is illegal and immoral. This page is satire and all funds will go to the three PA educational charities listed above.
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Update 6
Posted by Katherine Fritz
14 days ago
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Final totals:

$71,196 raised

$20,000 to Camp Sojourner
$20,000 to Pennsylvania Arts Education Network
$20,000 to Children's Literacy Initiative
$11,196 to the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia's Library Campaign

Now.
I would be lying through my teeth if I said I wasn't heartbroken and angry right now at the results of the vote. The kind of heartbroken and angry that you feel when someone passes away after a long illness: you knew it was coming, and yet the loss, even one that you've been prepared for, is still a heavy anchor in your gut.

I'm trying to focus on the good that we have achieved.
I'm trying to focus on the phone calls that we make next: When will Toomey refund the DeVos family money, and when will he release the data on the people who have called his office on this issue?
I'm trying to focus on what our efforts have achieved.

And I'm trying to stay sane, like all 4,200+ of you.

Read a book. Make some art. Play with your kids. Take care of yourself.

And then come back fighting. I know I will.

Love,
Katherine
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Update 5
Posted by Katherine Fritz
14 days ago
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Hello, everyone:

In a few minutes, the Senate will vote on Betsy DeVos' confirmation.

I will shut the fundraiser down as soon as the votes are in. (Well, as soon as I can. I'm actually headed right now to a protest outside Pat Toomey's Philadelphia office. So if I'm running a few minutes late, that's why).

I cannot begin to express the immense gratitude I have for each one of you right now.

Thanks to the kindness of a DC-based stranger, each of your comments was printed and hand-delivered to the Senator's DC office, along with a letter that I wrote, urging him to do the right thing, and release the data of the volume of calls, emails, etc that have urged him to vote NO or recuse his vote. If you would like to read it, the full text of that letter is available at https://www.facebook.com/katherineafritz/posts/10100277353438441.

I had the immense honor of contacting the charities that will be the recipients of your donations, including a fourth -- the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia -- that I added once I realized our little internet stunt would go substantially over the goal. Because of YOU, Camp Sojourner will fund summer camp for girls. Because of YOU, the Children's Literacy Initiative will provide additional classroom support to teachers and struggling students. Because of YOU, we can fight for better policies in our state and federal government that preserve and increase access to arts education. Because of YOU, there will be more libraries in the classrooms of Philadelphia Public Schools.

Because of you.

We have made an extraordinary difference to many children, and we have put immense public pressure on Senator Toomey to do the right thing. In these troubling times, I am reminded of the goodness in people, and our strength in numbers. Keep the pressure on Senator Toomey, and all our representatives in Washington who owe us a more transparent government and a more inclusive leadership. But also... do not doubt the sheer magnitude of what we can accomplish when we work together. If indeed we are snowflakes, this little internet campaign has been a blizzard of hope, and I am grateful for all of it.

With much love,
Katherine
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Update 4
Posted by Katherine Fritz
18 days ago
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First of all, I wish every last one of you could witness the look on my face when Rachel Maddow just talked about this campaign on MSNBC. My jaw is still on the floor. I can hardly believe I'm saying this, but....

I think we might actually make the goal.

(!!!!!!)

With that in mind .... more recent data suggests that the number DeVos has contributed to Toomey is closer to $60K than $55. I am going to up the goal to $60,050... think we can make it?

Sending an unbelievable amount of love to all of you,

Katherine
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Update 3
Posted by Katherine Fritz
18 days ago
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New update: I was confused by the nature of this morning's vote! We technically have until Monday. In that case, the campaign stays open.
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Kate Noll
19 days ago

Doing the math- $5 out of my (~teacher's) salary is the equivalent of 50¢ to Betsy DeVos. Or in other words... I dontated 10x the amount she donated to Toomey when adjusted to pocketbook impact. She threw two quarters at you. She gave you 14 minutes on a dryer at a laundromat. I bought you a LATTE. Shouldn't that mean something Mr. Toomey?

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Kate Reber
19 days ago

To quote Ms. DeVos herself, "I have decided to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect something in return... We expect a return on our investment." I'd like to think our expectations as constituents mattered half as much.

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Kevin Joe
19 days ago

Donate to his opponent. THAT will get his attention and mitigate the effect of DeVos dollars.

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Corrina Brodbeck Kline
19 days ago

Perhaps, if he does vote for Mrs. DeVos, any funds raised would be better spent contributing the to campaign of someone - anyone - who would better serve her/his constituents.

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Heather Floyd
19 days ago

I'm very impressed with the innovative thinking that prompted this campaign. and I would hope Senator Toomey would be paying attention to his consituients and their wishes. Best of luck to you all.

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Vincent Fumo
20 days ago

It's not illegal to be a campaign contributer or to give to the man's pac's or use the offer of a donation for access to him. I actually think you could give him money and make it clear you're very much doing it to influence his vote. So use the money for access.

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Karin Fox
19 days ago

This made me burst out laughing- it is SO appropriate and really demonstrates what motivates this "representative"- I use that term VERY loosely. It is simply all he cares about.

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Andrew H Beal
19 days ago

Can you tell him he'll ONLY get the money if he hosts a town-hall meeting in Philly? Like, you'll hand him a wad of cash at the end of it?

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Kim Byron McGowan
19 days ago

It is certainly legal to donate funds to the senator to "influence his vote" Donation information can be found here - http://www.fec.gov/ans/answers_general.shtml and information about creating a PAC/SuperPAC can be found here....http://www.fec.gov/ans/answers_pac.shtml.

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Eric Goldshine
20 days ago

If it raises more than Devos donated, see if it he'll take it and give her back her shitty money.

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Rusty Shackleford
19 days ago

Hopefully next time, people won't reelect him. He's always been a shill.

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Dotty Lai
18 days ago

This morning I sent information about this initiative to reporters at philly,com, Washington Post, Harrisburg Patriot-News and Pittsburgh Tribune. It would be great if this gets the attention it deserves!

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Dotty Lai
19 days ago

Kate, people seem to miss the paragraph in the original post about the plan to donate the funds to Camp Sojourner, the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, and the Children's Literacy Initiative*. Perhaps you might highlight that again. (*Because we're assuming that Toomey won't take the funds.)

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Lisa Genevieve
18 days ago

Anyone Senator who supports her should be voted out of office.

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Jean T. Sutter
19 days ago
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The is awesome! I propose that you really collect this money and donate it to teachers in the Philadelphia area that have to use their own money to purchase supplies for their classrooms. If you do that I will increase my donation to $100-and I'm unemployed right now!

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Christina McMenemy
18 days ago
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“I know a little something about soft money, as my family is the largest single contributor of soft money to the national Republican Party,” DeVos wrote in a 1997 Roll Call guest column. “I have decided, however, to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point," DeVos wrote. DeVos already admits she's buying influence - you can do the same without ethical conflict.

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Carlin Salisbury
20 days ago
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I agree, what will you do with the money? Totally worth it, either way. I'm guessing you'll invest it in worthwhile local education/youth-related projects?

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Sarah Sanford
20 days ago
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So, what you gonna do with the proceeds? I love this whole idea, by the way.

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Matt Smith
19 days ago
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Has the Toomey office been contacted since this took off? A relevant update posted to the page would be appreciated.

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Dotty Lai
19 days ago
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"If... Senator Toomey does not wish to accept any funds raised*, all money will be donated to Camp Sojourner, the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, and the Children's Literacy Initiative."

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$72,821 of $60.1k goal

Raised by 4,426 people in 20 days
Created February 1, 2017
Katherine Fritz  
on behalf of Ronald Cowell
ES
$25
E Stewary
14 days ago
1
1
HE
$20
Heather Evans
14 days ago
1
1
RG
$20
Regina George
14 days ago
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4

Disgraceful! How can you look at any of Trump's ridiculous cabinet picks and not feel shame?

$20
Brian Lopresti
14 days ago
9
9

Please keep this campaign going, and invest the money to make an even greater contribution to the campaign of Sen. Toomey's challenger in the next election.

$10
Sarah Schol
14 days ago
4
4

For all of the educators, students, and parents who will suffer under DeVos. And Toomey, as a homeowner in PA, my taxes support public schools. Expect to hear from me for the next six years. #resist

SR
$10
Seth Raivetz
14 days ago
5
5

Betsy DeVos is highly unqualified to run the Department of Education. Shame on Senator Toomey for voting with his pockets in mind and not his brain. I will remember and VOTE NO on Toomey in 2022.

RB
$10
Rachel Burlington
14 days ago
3
3

Let's keep this fundraising momentum going so for midterms in 2018, we can donate to those who will speak for US!

AL
$10
Anne Lyon
14 days ago
1
1
LG
$5
Linda Goncalves
14 days ago
1
1
$10
Heather Donahue
14 days ago
1
1
Kate Noll
19 days ago

Doing the math- $5 out of my (~teacher's) salary is the equivalent of 50¢ to Betsy DeVos. Or in other words... I dontated 10x the amount she donated to Toomey when adjusted to pocketbook impact. She threw two quarters at you. She gave you 14 minutes on a dryer at a laundromat. I bought you a LATTE. Shouldn't that mean something Mr. Toomey?

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Kate Reber
19 days ago

To quote Ms. DeVos herself, "I have decided to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect something in return... We expect a return on our investment." I'd like to think our expectations as constituents mattered half as much.

+ Read More
Kevin Joe
19 days ago

Donate to his opponent. THAT will get his attention and mitigate the effect of DeVos dollars.

+ Read More
Corrina Brodbeck Kline
19 days ago

Perhaps, if he does vote for Mrs. DeVos, any funds raised would be better spent contributing the to campaign of someone - anyone - who would better serve her/his constituents.

+ Read More
Heather Floyd
19 days ago

I'm very impressed with the innovative thinking that prompted this campaign. and I would hope Senator Toomey would be paying attention to his consituients and their wishes. Best of luck to you all.

+ Read More
Vincent Fumo
20 days ago

It's not illegal to be a campaign contributer or to give to the man's pac's or use the offer of a donation for access to him. I actually think you could give him money and make it clear you're very much doing it to influence his vote. So use the money for access.

+ Read More
Karin Fox
19 days ago

This made me burst out laughing- it is SO appropriate and really demonstrates what motivates this "representative"- I use that term VERY loosely. It is simply all he cares about.

+ Read More
Andrew H Beal
19 days ago

Can you tell him he'll ONLY get the money if he hosts a town-hall meeting in Philly? Like, you'll hand him a wad of cash at the end of it?

+ Read More
Kim Byron McGowan
19 days ago

It is certainly legal to donate funds to the senator to "influence his vote" Donation information can be found here - http://www.fec.gov/ans/answers_general.shtml and information about creating a PAC/SuperPAC can be found here....http://www.fec.gov/ans/answers_pac.shtml.

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Eric Goldshine
20 days ago

If it raises more than Devos donated, see if it he'll take it and give her back her shitty money.

+ Read More
Rusty Shackleford
19 days ago

Hopefully next time, people won't reelect him. He's always been a shill.

+ Read More
Dotty Lai
18 days ago

This morning I sent information about this initiative to reporters at philly,com, Washington Post, Harrisburg Patriot-News and Pittsburgh Tribune. It would be great if this gets the attention it deserves!

+ Read More
Dotty Lai
19 days ago

Kate, people seem to miss the paragraph in the original post about the plan to donate the funds to Camp Sojourner, the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, and the Children's Literacy Initiative*. Perhaps you might highlight that again. (*Because we're assuming that Toomey won't take the funds.)

+ Read More
Lisa Genevieve
18 days ago

Anyone Senator who supports her should be voted out of office.

+ Read More
Jean T. Sutter
19 days ago
9
9

The is awesome! I propose that you really collect this money and donate it to teachers in the Philadelphia area that have to use their own money to purchase supplies for their classrooms. If you do that I will increase my donation to $100-and I'm unemployed right now!

+ Read More
Christina McMenemy
18 days ago
7
7

“I know a little something about soft money, as my family is the largest single contributor of soft money to the national Republican Party,” DeVos wrote in a 1997 Roll Call guest column. “I have decided, however, to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point," DeVos wrote. DeVos already admits she's buying influence - you can do the same without ethical conflict.

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Carlin Salisbury
20 days ago
7
7

I agree, what will you do with the money? Totally worth it, either way. I'm guessing you'll invest it in worthwhile local education/youth-related projects?

+ Read More
Sarah Sanford
20 days ago
7
7

So, what you gonna do with the proceeds? I love this whole idea, by the way.

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Matt Smith
19 days ago
6
6

Has the Toomey office been contacted since this took off? A relevant update posted to the page would be appreciated.

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Dotty Lai
19 days ago
6
6

"If... Senator Toomey does not wish to accept any funds raised*, all money will be donated to Camp Sojourner, the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, and the Children's Literacy Initiative."

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