Monday, January 9, 2012
Dogs Against Romney: Supporting Animal Welfare
As a part of our effort to stop Mitt Romney from becoming president, we are selling shirts and other merchandise. We are selling these items for two reasons, primarily. First, to get our message out – in the early days of our Pack’s growth, hundreds of requests were received for t-shirts and other merchandise so we worked hard to make that happen. Second, we want to use this opportunity to raise funds in support of an animal welfare organization.
Which Animal Welfare Organization?
Initially, we proposed to the Pack that we would make a contribution to the Humane Society of the United States. However, several Pack members objected to that idea because this organization supports some practices and policies that are objectionable to many Pack members. So, we decided to let the Pack – our community – decide which organization to support.
How Will the Community Decide?
Dogs Against Romney, at the conclusion of our effort (whenever that may be) will survey our community on Facebook for nominations of organizations to support. We will then narrow the nominations down to the 3 or 4 most-nominated choices, and post a poll on the Facebook page for members to vote for the organization that the majority of our community believes should receive it.
How Much Will be Donated?
The total amount to be donated will be determined by the amount of money that is raised through sales of Dogs Against Romney merchandise, after expenses are covered. We have worked hard to find a good, trustworthy vendor that also enables us to offer merchandise at an affordable price, while also allowing us to earn a margin. Still, only a fraction of the total price you pay for a Dogs Against Romney item actually goes to our organization. After our expenses are covered, we hope to have 5%-10% of the total sales left to donate.
When Will the Recipient Be Selected?
As soon as it is clear that our mission has concluded. This will be when Mitt Romney is defeated, either for the Republican nomination, or when the general election is over.