The Facebook based group, Revolt Against Plutocracy, launched a primary campaign strategy on June 22nd to secure over a million pledges to write in Bernie Sanders in the general election next year if he’s not on the ballot. The purpose, their website explains, is to compel Democrats and super delegates to support Senator Sanders or else risk losing the general election. On September 23rd, they attained their 10,000th pledge.
Campaign coordinator, Charlie Hobbs of St. Cloud, MN, tells the Syracuse Progressive Examiner “we’re a little frustrated at the pace of pledges coming in. The pledge,” he went on to explain, “is not a petition people sign and forget. The pledge has two parts and most people, unfortunately, are ignoring the second part which is to recruit just two more people on social media or by using email.”
Syracuse Progressive Examiner: Is that hard to do?
Charlie Hobbs: We make it as easy as possible for them. We send the people, who provide a valid email address, a reminder about part two and suggest they use Facebook or Twitter messaging to ask two of their friends/followers a simple question: “Would you take the Bernie or bust pledge please? http://wp.me/p6itlU-5r “
SPE: How much has the media covered your primary campaign strategy?
CH: The status-quo media doesn’t seem to understand how the Bernie or bust pledge will function or doesn’t think that it’s news to have thousands of people refusing to support any of the establishment candidates regardless of who among them secures the nomination.
SPE: Has the media been informed?
CH: In a limited way. Politico did an interview with one of the co-founders, but they didn’t run a story. The Washington Post ran a story about a super PAC, Billionaires for Bernie; but the same reporter won’t cover our grassroots PAC even though she knows about it. We’re going to use the PAC to raise money to run ads to tell the Democrats before the primaries that it’s going to be Bernie or else. Ring of Fire has posted a story about the pledge and we recently had a supporter post a story on CNN iReport.
SPE: 10,000 pledges seem like a lot. How have you been getting the word out?
CH: The eight core members of Revolt Against Plutocracy have been posting on Facebook and tweeting on Twitter, and a few weeks ago, we asked for help from our pledge-takers. We now have a team of over two dozen people helping recruit people to take the pledge, but 10,000 or even 100,000 pledges won’t get the job done. Democrats, especially the super delegates, will just ignore the strategy if we don’t have a lot more pledges by next year.
…most people…are ignoring the second part which is to recruit just two more people…. ~Charlie Hobbs
SPE: From where does your website get most of its traffic?
CH: As of today, 15,950 views derived from Facebook, 3,225 from people typing in citizensagainstplutocracy.org and the rest comes from search engines (950), Twitter (660), Washington Post (483), Examiner from your exclusive coverage of our movement (275), and Disqus, reddit and Op-Ed News fill out most of the rest of our traffic sources.
SPE: Washington Post?
CH: Yes; a couple of us leave comments there with URLs for our website every time there is a story about Sanders or Clinton.
SPE: Have your heard from either campaign?
CH: No. We cannot coordinate with the Sanders campaign, and we don’t wish to. We have a different strategy to achieve the same end: President Bernie Sanders.
SPE: This seems like a Facebook-based revolutionary movement. Do you have anything else to share with readers?
CH: It is a Facebook-based revolutionary movement. So far, the most difficult decision we’ve had to make was the selection of our logo. This week, we finally chose one that reflects our leftward, progressive leaning. It was consciously designed to contrast with Secretary Clinton’s rightward pointing logo.