A Personal Plea From Rich Whitney

Dear Friends,

Circumstances force me to be blunt: My campaign is REALLY hurting for money right now. Just when we need to be peaking, so that we can get some radio and cable TV ads and buy yard and window signs, and numerous other essentials, we are instead scraping the bottom of the barrel.

If you have thought of donating to my campaign before but haven’t gotten to it, THIS would be the time to get it done, either at www.whitneyforgov.org or by sending it to “Whitney for Governor” at P.O. Box 3803, Carbondale, IL 62902. If you have already donated or are tapped out, then PLEASE talk to others about helping, or send me names of people I can call – or contact the campaign, at campaignmanager@whitneyforgov.org, to find out other ways in which you can help. We still need people to help organize dinners, house parties, music fundraisers or other fundraising events. Thus far, supporters have not followed through on such basic fundraising efforts as expected. I can’t do it all, and you can’t wait for the “campaign” to do it all. The campaign is US, collectively. I need people to step up to the plate and take some initiative.

To keep the carbon footprint down, I can arrange to “appear” at your house party or other gathering by Skype or phone, but I will also come out to your area if we can plan it to coincide with my campaign appearances. But either way, we need people to get these things OFF THE GROUND, ASAP.

If you have not yet joined my campaign page, please do so. If you have already joined, then please send invitations to your friends so we can build our numbers there: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001491410954#!/group.php?gid=210649791624&ref=ts

It absolutely kills me to go through Chicago and listen to a wealthy vanity candidate like Scott Lee Cohen inundate the airwaves with his radio ads, and coat the streets with his yard signs, whe he has absolutely nothing of substance to say — while I have plenty of substance to say, and yet am struggling to get my message OUT to where people can HEAR it, or see it.

Please: DON’T DELAY, DON’T STAY ON THE BENCH ANY LONGER. NOW is the time to GET IN THE GAME and help me win this thing! We have the best platform. We have the best message. I can and will beat the other candidates in debate. But the best platform in the world cannot win an election if the people don’t hear about it.

Friends, I need your help. Don’t do it for me. Do it for yourselves, for the future of Illinois, for the future of progressive Green politics in America. Please help out the Whitney for Governor campaign TODAY.

Thank you for whatever you can do.

Rich Whitney
Green Party candidate for Governor of Illinois


I'm a member of the Illinois Green Party.


  1. A couple things, SLC signs coat the streets not only because he has a large amount of private funds to buy signs but also because he and his supporters have been placing them on state right away and people’s private property illegally. I know several people downstate, who gave permession for large Brady signs to placed on their property who had people trespass on their yards and property and place small SLC signs.

    I know I have asked this question several times before, but once again if there are any people from Whitney Campaign reading this, what was Whitney’s fundraising plans before this appeal? Illinois is large state with several expensive media markets and it seems to me that their should of been a solid fundraising plan in place long before we were this late in the game? Whether people like it or not fundraising is a huge part of the political process, and is going to remain so for the foreseeable future, so to be blunt if Green party candidates want to win higher level offices they are going to have to find a way to come close to matching the other major part candidates. It going to be very difficult, if not impossible, for Whitney to win when his fundraising is in the ten of thousands compared to Brady and Quinn’s being in the millions and SLC having plenty of his own money to spend on the race.

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