Downtown donation boxes success for Obama campaign
Over $100,000 raised for ‘real change’
ASHEVILLE, MONDAY — At Asheville’s Obama campaign headquarters, an excited and highly motivated volunteer staff counts out the take from the “Spare Change for Real Change” boxes that have dotted Asheville’s streets for the last several months.
“That’s 97, 98 — $10,000,” an Obama campaign worker calls out to a chorus of cheers.
Members of the Downtown Business Association that distributed the boxes around Asheville are also pleased with the results.
“People were giving money directly to the homeless, and though that helped them out for a few hours, it wasn’t real change,” said Dwight Butner, who championed the box installations. “Obama is the candidate of change, and people have entrusted him by putting their change in our boxes.” Butner says that it is the catchy slogan that has spurred Asheville residents to give. “‘Spare Change for Real Change,’ resonates with downtown shoppers. It’s not this fake change you see when people directly tackle societal problems.”
One downtown pedestrian who stopped to read the box thought the collection boxes were a good idea as he fished around in his pockets and slid a handful of coins into the open slot. “It makes more sense to give money to a candidate so that he can continue campaigning for the rest of the year in hopes of becoming president and then, slowly over time, try to work with a belligerent Congress to pass watered-down reforms than to just give the money directly to the people who need it.” The Hillary Clinton campaign has taken note of Obama’s successful “Spare Change for Real Change” fundraising success and has leased Asheville’s parking meters in a bid to raise money.
“We want car-parkers everywhere to contribute to our Campaign,” said one Hillary! worker. “For $15,000, you can extend Clinton’s campaign seven minutes. For $25,000, you can keep her parked for 15 minutes.”
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