Revolt Against Plutocracy is a group that evolved out of a Facebook community by that name. Last month they announced a write-in strategy to help Bernie Sanders secure the nomination for the Democratic Party as an outsider. Yesterday, they established a “grassroots” PAC registered with the FEC. They will raise money using Act Blue, a liberal fund-raising organization.
Patrick Walker is one of the co-founders of Revolt Against Plutocracy, and he answered a few questions about the super PAC that’s not a super PAC.
Syracuse Progressive Examiner: Bernie Sanders has said he doesn’t want super PAC support. Why did you start your “grassroots” PAC to support his nomination to the Democratic Party?
Patrick Walker: Bernie’s done the right thing, because with Big Money’s political influence being our nation’s root political problem, he deepens his credibility in attacking that problem by personally staying completely free of that influence. But it does put him at a disadvantage for spreading his message, because both mainstream liberal media and the Democratic Party leadership hostile to him and seek to black out or distort his message. Even an independent grassroots revolution seeking to counter that by “being the media” has expenses; our PAC is a way of raising funds to pay those expenses.
SPE: It says on your website that you plan to run ads before caucuses and primaries. Do you think you can raise enough money to get heard through the din of noise generated by the billionaire-funded super PACs?
PW: A lot of our spending may come before the caucuses and primaries, because we have campaigns that may require prior expenses, like pressuring Elizabeth Warren and the Warren wing to endorse Bernie or printing pamphlets telling truths about Clinton mainstream media refuses to tell. But if we’re successful in our efforts, we’ll surely have allies to contribute funds before the caucuses and primaries. Also, we’ll carefully target our channels for ads to make sure our voice will be effectively heard.
SPE: Why do you limit the amount someone can contribute to $1,000.00?
PW: Because this aids our own credibility. This is a PAC for grassroots revolutionaries–in fact, a PAC for the 99%. Limiting donations to the most the 99% can afford keeps it that way.
SPE: The Sanders campaign has organized meetings around the country for this evening. Do you have any plans to interact with them?
PW: Revolt Against Plutocracy is an Independent Expenditure organization, so we have to keep one step removed from the Sanders campaign. We have contacted our pledge-takers — over 3,000 of them so far — and asked them to print out, cut up and hand out quarter page flyers to people going in or coming out of his organizing meetings. The flyers reference our write-in strategy and encourage people to take the pledge at citizensagainstplutocracy.org.