City Desk

Ralph Nader Could Use Ten Bucks

Ralph Nader's campaign is looking to collect $100,000 by the end of the day to fund something called "Nader Media," which will allow supporters to continue to document Nader's run for office. Currently, the campaign has collected just under $90,000, leaving ten grand left to raise. According to a press release from "The Nader Team," "That's just 1,000 of you—our loyal supporters—contributing $10 each now."

Just one ten dollar bill: Not too shabby!

At an Aug. 27 rally in Denver, Nader gathered a scrumptious cornucopia of celebrity backersPenn. Morello. Biafra. Kilmer—to help galvanize supporters and their Hamiltons. Like a self-promotional dust-buster, the event drew other, lesser celebrities out of the woodwork. Writes the Team: "When we asked for donations, Brooke Smith, star of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, rose out of the crowd, took the stage, pledged her support—and $4,600—to the Nader/Gonzalez campaign."

$4,600 sure sounds impressive, but then again, that's just 460 $10 bills.

Tonight, Nader will not only stage a rally, but a "Super Rally," pulling out even superer celebs: Sheehan. Ventura. Rovics*—in an attempt to get to the $100,000 mark—only 10,000 $10 bills.

The Super Rally costs $12 (1.2 $10 bills).

* Singer-songwriter David Rovics, the man Cindy Sheehan called “The peace poet and troubadour for our time."

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  • Nikolas Schiller

    I was at Nader's rally in Denver. It was the third time I've heard Nader speak, last time being at the 2007 Green Party National Convention, and frankly he didn't have anything new to say. His speech was mostly the same as last time with a few nuances. This highlight of the evening was interviewing Alex Jones and seeing this Polar Bear walk around.

    Will the City Paper interview any of the DC Statehoood Green Party candidates? Unlike Nader, the party is running candidates for multiple offices.

  • al gonzales

    Nader should crawl back under the rock he crawled out from - we have him to thank for GW Bush.

  • Amanda Hess

    man, I'm always a sucker for a giant (papier mache?) polar bear.

  • joe

    al, i think we have 3 million crossover democrats to thank for bush... 300,000 in florida alone.

    i think we also have bush to thank for bush.
    and gore to thank for being a boring robot of a candidate who didn't do ANYTHING worthwhile until he left politics.

    if obama dosn't keep talking like a republican, he wind up in the same category.

  • Nikolas Schiller

    Al gonzales: do your research- there was wide-spread voter disenfranchisement in Florida in 2000, far more than the 535 votes in the official story.

    I suggest reading up on the investigation by Greg Palast before saying Nader cost the 2000 election.

    There were over 1.9 million votes that were cast in 2000 that were never counted. Watching Al Gore sit by and let the election fraud be certified was one of the darkest days in American politics.

    Amanda: I am still a fan of dancing polar bears....

  • Two Gangs

    yeah, ultimately we have the dems to thank for bush.
    i checked out nader at green fest. he actually had some great things to say (I guess everybody does. well, maybe not everybody). i wish some of that stuff could be addressed during the debates. no luck getting another voice in those though. it's like we're forever doomed to these these two groups. whatever happened to perot?

  • Nikolas Schiller

    Perot's replacement this election cycle is T. Boone Pickens. But at least this rich oil man is trying to shape the energy policy instead of buying his way into the election like Perot. Remember those infomercials? ha!

    Anyways, its sad that the Commission on Presidential Debates excludes third party & independent candidates. How is the American public supposed to learn about all their options for president? Makes you wonder why nearly half of Americans don't vote.

  • al gonzales

    what happened in Florida in 2000 was a crime. First, the Democratic Party deserted Gore, & were just trying to line up for the 2004 election. Dade County democrats refused to count votes on Friday night, after being order to do so "immediately" by the Florida Supreme Court. After that, no one in the party did anything to help Gore. Rendell & Toricelli were the first to sabotage Gore's chances, then the others piled on. Gore fought as hard & as long as he could - what else could he do, stage a coup?
    Second, the Republicans stole votes & shouted down the recount - if they had been black people instead of white Hill staffers mostly, the Florida cops would have used police dogs & fire hoses to do a mass arrest.
    Third, Nader took thousands of votes from Gore in key states, despite the "vote-swap" that was designed to prevent the result that happened.
    In the end, Nader's programs were decimated. He can collect only a tiny fraction of what he used to collect. I'd sooner give money to Albert Gonzales than to give it to Nader. Nader's a fool & a tool of the very system he claims to despise. Good riddance.

  • Amanda Hess

    Nader / Dick Cheney in a Polar Bear Suit 2012

  • Two Gangs

    i dunno. maybe gore could have won over those that voted for nader? sounds like that's on gore, not nader. maybe the same will continue to happen until the day comes when a third party really rises up, or when the dems can earn those votes. after another 8 years of republicans, something will break. we're all fools & tools.

  • Nikolas Schiller

    I don't think we're all fools & tools. One thing I did glean from seeing Nader speak last week was the people who vote for Nader or third party candidates are the ones, as Nader said, "that have had enough with corrupt two party system." They are the ones who vote out of civic duty, but have taken themselves out of the two party system. So in this respect, I doubt Gore would have won those voters over, just like Obama & McCain will not be able to win those voters over in this election.

  • Susan

    Ralph Nader has spent over 40 years studying and understanding the Constitution. Our Constitutional rights are being made extinct at an alarming rate, and no one in Washington, including the Republican and Democratic candidates for President are addressing this issue, possibly because they support the erosion of the individual's Constitutional rights (they both, for example, support the fact that the President is now no longer responsible for possible war crimes – how can we ever be safe from a dictator in this case?). Every vote for Nader is a vote for the continuation of the core of the Constitution, which really was framed by some very smart people. The beauty of the Constitution is that the laws that are framed based upon it have a "suicide gene" built into them. If they are intelligently written, with good intent, they will be generally interpreted in the same manner by a large number of people, and will be enforced. Poorly written, poorly intentioned laws will lack ease of interpretation and become indefensible in court, and will largely be ignored. The structure of the Constitution is therefore sound and will withstand the effects of changes in our social structure, the evolution of commerce and religion, and a host of many other factors that its detractors are decrying. In the face of the loss of our Constitution (looming), we have no other structure in place. This is the basis for a dictatorship (eventually). A vote for Nader is a vote for the Constitution. The percentage of voters who vote for Nader is a clear message to ANYONE in public office that this is the percentage of citizens who will go to great lengths to assure that NO ONE'S basic rights are ignored. This is critical. A vote for Nader is a vote for this assurance, and is certainly not a waste. He won't be around forever. If we refuse to allow him to lead us, at the very least, we must allow him to keep us free, and safe from autocracy. This man has, literally, spent his entire life defending the Constitution, and it would be extreme ignorance on our part to waste those vast efforts at a time when our Constitution is on the verge of being eradicated, regardless of which major party sits in the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial branches. The Constitution truly is us – it is you; it is me; and in the event of any one or more branches of the Government assuming too much power, it is your and my ONLY voice. Don’t lose your voice, and the voice of generations to come. The battle for the creation of this structure could not occur again in our lifetimes; we simply do not have the education or energy for it. If we lose it, we will lose it for a long time; possibly forever.