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12NR27 - MRF News Release - Get Campaigning!

31 August 2012

Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs

Get Campaigning!

You do not need to be reminded about the up coming elections in November, but perhaps you do need to be reminded that its no longer enough to just vote. Voting is of course a must but now is the time to start campaigning for your favorite candidate.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation strongly encourages you to get involved with at least one campaign at some level of government. The political capital you build is unrivaled by even the largest cash donors, all though its a very close second.

Thats the great part, you don't need be able to write a five figure check to a political candidate. Offering up your time to put out yard signs, ride in a parade, or walk door to door will not only endear you to the candidate, you will become a trusted ally and advisor.

Of course the big campaign between Romney and Obama is at the top of the ticket and will consume the bulk of the attention this election cycle but look down the food chain a little bit and the tree is ripe with political candidates looking for volunteers. Consider your Congressional members all the way down to State and Local candidates. Obviously the lower the level of government the more face time you will have with the candidate and thats a good thing.

As politically active motorcyclists its our job to be politically active. For a long time that meant voting it now must also include intense campaigning. I know its easier said than done, but consider this. Dedicate yourself to campaign for the next 60 days and you will form a life long relationship with that candidate. Those sorts of relationship last as these politicians aspire to bigger positions, and they all do aspire, and some succeed and the relationship continues.

I am not saying you need to show up every day at 8am. No, all you need to do is give up a few weekends, and maybe a little bit of time during the week at night.

Ask anyone who has been to DC to lobby and they will tell that it is not uncommon for a Senator or a Representative to push a line up of suited lobbyists out of the way to greet the bikers that came to see them. This stuff works.

Should you need any advice or direct as to who to work with in your neck of the woods please contact the MRF DC office.




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