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Back in the first part of June, Rolling Stone produced a list of billionaires who are contributing to Romney’s campaign and what they expect in return.
FROM PERRY’S CHUTE, HERE ARE A COUPLE OF BIG SPENDERS
John Paulson - the hedge fund fellow who profited from the nation’s pain by shorting the housing market before the collapse. ”I’ve never been involved in a trade with such unlimited upside,” he bragged. Paulson gave $1 million to Romney’s Super PAC and hosted a high-dollar fundraiser for Romney at his home in Manhattan that did not appear on the candidate’s schedule. WHAT DOES HE WANT? No federal restrictions on Wall Street gambling. Paulson was a key player in Goldman Sachs infamous Abacus deal. The bank let him pic assets to short, then marketed those toxic securities as high-grade investments. Paulson cleared $1 billion on that rigged deal.
Bob Perry–Owner of Perry Homes, Houston. Perry spent $4.5 million on the Swift-boat smear of John Kerry in 2004. Today Perry is the top donor for Romney with $4 million. WHAT DOES HE WANT? His top issue is tort reform which would limit the size of jury awards against homebuilders who do shoddy work. In other words, just another example of extending impunity to rich crooks who take advantage of those who can least afford it.
FROM OBAMA’S CHUTE WE HAVE THESE TWO BILLIONAIRES. I don’t know exactly what they want, but you can bet that they too expect a return on their investment.
Marc Lasry–New York hedge fund billionaire. The Avenue Capital management honcho is worth $1.3 billion. To date he has raised $500,000 for Obama.
George Soros, made headlines on Monday when he announced $2 million in donations via a super PAC and a grassroots group instead of to the Obama campaign itself.
Creating value for your product and services without money changing hands
This is one of the business principles that I am putting to work in my grassroots campaign. I , like other candidates can be viewed from a business perspective as the product. The typical model for political campaigning that most candidates follow is to sell their promises for deeds they will perform in the future in exchange for money now to advertise and promote themselves. I, on the other hand, am creating value for my product (me) by 1) allowing as many people in my district as possible to get to know me personally and 2) by personally assisting them now in improving the economy of the 32nd district that I hope to represent in Washington D.C.
In other words, unlike other candidates, I am not selling myself for money. Instead, I’m building value now—not only for myself, but also for the people in my district by virtue of my unique campaign strategy.
As I’ve mentioned before, my campaign strategy is 4x4x4x4: the 1,000 people I talk with in my district in May and June tell only 4 people about me = 4,000. Those 4,000 tell 4 more = 16,000. Those 16,000 tell 4 more people =64,000. Those 64,000 tell 4 more people = 256,000 people. In the last Presidential election in 2008, my opponent, Pete Sessions won the 32nd district with 116,000 votes. My campaign strategy provides a margin of over 100,000 votes.
Strategies are great. They are like the engines of a car. However, like a car, any strategy for achieving any goal requires a body with wheels to move it forward to the finish line.
The body and wheels for my campaign will be the creation of employee owned businesses in the 32nd district now– at least four employee-owned companies in my district before the end of December, 2012. The creation of these companies is also the basis of my 4x4x4x4 strategy.
Beginning in July, I will invite 25 people at a time from my ballot petition of 1,000 people into my home. I’ve done the math and it is easily achievable: four meetings a week for ten weeks = 1,000 people. No, not all 1,000 will accept my invitation, but at least half of them will and they will bring friends. According to my 4x4x4x4 strategy, this still would yield 128,000 , which is 12,000 more votes than I need to do better than the incumbent did in the last presidential election campaign.
The primary goal of these two-hour meetings is simple: At least one core group—possibly 2 will be formed. They will leave with at least one product or service that they are all excited about developing. My Emmaberry.org site offers much information regarding employee owned companies and serves as a resource for beginning the creation of an employee-owned business. How these groups carry on from here will be up to them. Yes, some may fizzle out, but many will not. People are hungry, if not desperate to take control of their economic destinies. As we all know, necessity is the mother of much invention.
The secondary goal of these meetings is that I will give each attendee a packet of Emma Berry 4x4x4x4. I will ask them to give the “Vote for Emma Berry “ slips of paper to 4 people and ask those four people to pass the information on to four more people and so on. If they wish to give my information to more than four people, that is great.
In addition to giving these slips of papers to others, these people will be telling them about the work that we are doing now.
Why am I doing this?
I have many reasons, but the main reason is that I want the people of my district to win—regardless the outcome of my political campaign.
Whether I go on to Washington, or whether I will remain as a citizen in my district is a story with an ending that can only be written by the voters in my district. However, as for the outcome of new jobs in my 32nd U.S. Congressional District, I can and will do more than promise. Working with the people in my district now, I will help make that a reality. Whether I win or lose, I want my campaign to be a success. I want to wake up on November 7 with the feeling that “my cup runneth over” regardless the outcome of the election.
Why employee owned companies?
Our economy is currently lopsided with Wall-Street corporations. We need to create other forms of businesses to stabilize our economy at local levels. Most of the money created by any Wall Street based corporation does not stay in the local community. Instead it is sent back to the corporate headquarters and the wealth created by the workers is distributed among its top executives and wealthy investors—most of whom live on the East or West Coast. I believe that employee-owned companies of all types are the best way to restore economic balance to our nation. We need more economic and political diversity to stabilize our democracy. We need a healthy balance of Wall Street corporations, employee-owned companies and small businesses in order to have a healthy economy. Furthermore, we need more political parties. Most other democracies in the world are not limited to two parties. I am prepared to do more than talk about achieving the goals of economic and political diversity.