Why is fundraising important?
DPNM estimates that a delegate to the 2020 DNC will need to be prepared to spend approximately $6,000 during the course of the convention.
While self-funding may be an option for some potential delegates, others will have to prepare to raise the money necessary to fund their trip to the DNC and their stay in Milwaukee. DPNM will provide some meals for the New Mexico delegation, but delegates will still need to cover costs like:
- Transportation to and from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Lodging (hotel blocks are reserved by the DNC but delegates will need to pay for their stay)
- Meals not covered by DPNM
Compliance and Reporting
There are open questions about the nature of compliance and reporting for individuals raising funds in support of their participation in the DNC. We will provide information as we are able to clarify the rules.
In the meantime, if you want to get a head start on fundraising, DPNM advises that you keep detailed records on every contribution, including:
- Contribution amount
- Donor’s full name and address
- Donor’s occupation
Keeping detailed records of every contribution will also be useful in the event that you are not selected as a delegate, and need to return the money you raised.
The Ask, and Fundraising Ideas
Fundraising should start with your personal network. You should create a list of your friends, family, acquaintances, and coworkers, and think about how much you could reasonably ask of each individual on that list. Then, start calling them!
It is important to keep in mind that you are not asking for charity — you are providing individuals with an opportunity to participate, through their donation, in the selection of our Democratic Presidential nominee. If someone is willing to support you financially, you should also be prepared to ask for their help in electing you as a delegate, through their participation in the Delegate Selection Process.
Raising funds is difficult, and there are a variety of tactics you can use to ensure success in the process. These include:
- House parties with a fundraising ask
- Call time, spent calling your friends and family to make a fundraising ask
- Asking friends and family to volunteer their time and networks for your benefit