Here’s the fund-raising email Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan sent to supporters this morning, in which he says he welcomes even $5 donations:
"In fact, I’m committed to relying more on smaller contributions and have unilaterally accepted the lower contribution limit that applies to federal campaigns, even though the limit under state law is 65 percent higher," Kavanagh wrote.
The people in charge of the fund-raiser is The Esler Group, which is also involved with mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, Lt. Governor (and Senate hopeful) David Paterson, as well as number of other candidates.
The full email:
Over the past year I’ve worked hard to learn to be effective–and to begin to make a real difference–in the complex and often troubling system of government we have in Albany. I have particularly focused on efforts to preserve and expand affordable housing, to protect our environment, and to reform the failings that have led many to conclude that we have one of the most dysfunctional state governments in America. Along the way, I’ve introduced over seventy bills and accumulated one of the most independent voting records in the legislature.
Back home in the district, my staff and I have worked to ensure that state and city agencies are responsive to the needs and concerns of our 130,000 constituents, to protect our neighborhoods from overdevelopment, and to resolve issues and mediate disputes in our community.
If you’d like to know more about what I’ve been doing for the past year, please visit my Assembly website at http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=074 or give me a call at my office (212-979-9696) or on my cell phone (###-###-####) [redacted].
Of course, my first year was only a beginning and there is much that remains undone, to say the least. As our new legislative session opens this week, I am excited to resume the hard work that we all know will be necessary to address the many challenges we face.
This year, I am also up for reelection, like every member of the Senate and Assembly, with a potential primary in September and a general election in November. There’s at least one person who has already been working to gain support for a campaign to unseat me and there may be others!
My own campaign is just getting started, but as I mentioned above we face an important deadline this week, on Friday, January 11th, when we must publicly report the amount of money we’ve raised to date. The next filing will not be until July, when the campaign will be in full swing. That means the numbers we report this week will be viewed for the next six months as a measure of how much support there is for my reelection.
SO I AM ASKING YOU TO CONSIDER MAKING A CONTRIBUTION BY MIDNIGHT THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 11TH. You can contribute securely online at http://www.kavanaghforassembly.com/contribute or by check to "Brian Kavanagh for Assembly" c/o The Esler Group, 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 555, New York, NY 10170. I ask you to be as generous as you can, but any amount is helpful; even $5 will be greatly appreciated as a tangible sign of your support and will help us report the largest possible number of contributors. (In fact, I’m committed to relying more on smaller contributions and have unilaterally accepted the lower contribution limit that applies to federal campaigns, even though the limit under state law is 65 percent higher.)
Thanks again to everyone who has supported me in the past–financially and in so many other ways–and thanks for considering supporting this year’s effort! I’ll keep you posted as the campaign unfolds.