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Green Party activist Edy: The Green Party taking money from Republicans (or Democrats) a bad thing?

March 24, 2011 in Congressional Campaigns, Editorials, General, Local Elections

Email from Green Party activist Edy:


Forward this around the country!! Thanks!!

So I had a conversation online and the question came up if it would be un-Green like to take money from Republicans in order to help fund a campaign. Ralph Nader didn’t do it in his 2000, 2004 runs to give you some perspective, but what about the rest of the Greens?

I would suppose I would personally be ok with the idea, as long as the money wasn’t directly donated by some corporation.(Figuring out if it was directly donated from a corporation could be tricky).

What if the money was given to us by Democrats? Would that be more acceptable? What if the race involved only a Green up against a Republican and a Democrat donated money to our campaign? Again, as long as it’s not corporation money.

I know how much big money is tied up with both parties, so taking money which isn’t necessarily corporate-donated could be tricky.

The point that I want to make is that we are a political party. We are playing hardball against both corporate parties. No more time for saying “Next time” or “I’m busy.” (Insert not so important issue/excuse that you couldn’t give two hours a week to help the Green Party). We need money. That’s the reality. This is not the time to be timid or over-sensitive to the Green Party stance. Remember, what is the goal? To elect Green Party representatives and to improve the lives of our fellow citizens.

In addition, many of you might know (or might not know) about a special election being held in New York for a Congressional seat. Ian Murphy, who was the famed Koch impersonator that called Governor Walker pretending to be one of the corporate industry-owners, talked with the New York Green Party and decided to run as a Green Party member for the 26th district.

{Following the sex scandal driven resignation of Republican Chris Lee in NY-26, Scott Walker’s prank caller Ian Murphy, editor of the irreverent Buffalo Beast web site, was selected by the Green Party to be its candidate for a special election.
“For us, it is a great opportunity to come forward with a candidate who has made a name for himself in the last few months,” said state Green Party Treasurer Eric Jones.
Murphy has embraced the Green Party’s platform more than other potential candidates, Jones said, including support for universal health care and union rights.
The special election will be held May 24.
Green Party co-chairman Peter LaVenia said
“The local out in western New York has talked to a number of different candidates, and they forwarded the recommendation, [..Murphy..] was the only one that they came to the conclusion represents Green values … and is willing to change his registration to Green and run as a Green.”}

Now here’s what we can do. We can help out with his campaign by giving some time to phonebank for him. We can do it, guys! Imagine 15, 25, 50 people around the country helping! Imagine the possibilities with all the angry Wisconsinites who are willing to help! Let’s do it, guys! By electing Ian Murphy, it can have a ripple effect across the US and for the Green Party! Do it for everything that’s wrong with the US political system!

-Edy, a concerned Green Party member

3 responses to Green Party activist Edy: The Green Party taking money from Republicans (or Democrats) a bad thing?

  1. You forgot to mention your great Murphy’s article that he titled “F*** the troops” that makes fun of dead and crippled American soldiers. You also forgot about all the other disgusting things he writes daily at the beast website.

    Is the Green Party proud of what your candidate writes?

    http://www.buffalobeast.com/?p=4375
    http://www.buffalobeast.com/?p=5129
    http://www.buffalobeast.com/126/Fuck.the.troops.Ian.Murphy.html

    Is the Green Party proud of him calling transgenders “chicks with dicks”?

    Are you circulating those latest works to your party members and letting them know what kind of character you look for in a candidate?

    You people should be ashamed of yourselves.

  2. I must say that it would be a huge mistake to endorse a person (man or woman) with little respect toward others, especially toward those he or she disagrees with. I just recently joined the Green Party and would probably not continue to support a party that endorses candidates who are as ill-behaved as those who end up running for office in the other two. Character-bashing to avoid intellectual dialogue regarding real social issues is one of the reasons I won’t support the republicans or democrats, it wastes my time. Whatever happened to civility and respectful behavior?

  3. Diana, you bring up good points. The democrats or Republicans are not nice in the way they view third parties. By the way, would you like to email me? You can add us on Facebook. San Fernando Valley Green Party.