For the past ten years, Theresa Mitchell, professor of communication and theater, has consistently donated money to political campaigns. Her donations range from local and state elections to political action groups.
While most people typically think of canvassing, participating in rallies and voting as the ways to support candidates, money key to political campaigns, according to Mitchell.
“I give money because I know campaigns are run with volunteers and money,” Mitchell said. “Canvassing and calling, not only does it take a lot of time, but it takes a lot of effort and energy. You have to be in the right frame of mind.”
All individual contributions to campaigns, including Mitchell’s, can be viewed on the Federal Election Commission’s website. The website also lists finance data for campaigns and offers more advanced data subsets, such as spending, loans, debts and money raised.
In the past, Mitchell has participated in canvassing, including making phone calls to potential voters and going door to door.
“I’ve started contributing a little bit more because I don’t feel like I have the time to raise my voice by knocking on doors and making phone calls, which I have done for previous candidates,” Mitchell said. Mitchell currently makes an automatic monthly contribution to ActBlue.
The organization is a nonprofit fundraising software that helps raise money on the Internet for Democrats, progressive groups and other nonprofits, according to the Actblue website.
"They support like minded candidates and that is again both federal and state,” Mitchell said. She has also contributed to Laura Kelly’s campaign for governor, Mitchell said. For students who have the means to donate and don’t have the time to work a campaign, donating is a good option, Mitchell said.
“Money is a vehicle for communicating ideas and that’s what we need to listen to,” Mitchell said. “People’s ideas, their point of view, what they see, where Kansas is right now, or where they would like Kansas to be in the future.” Mitchell also encourages students to vote in the upcoming election.
“Don’t leave it up to others to make decisions about how you live, how the government operates. It’s your responsibility,” Mitchell said. “There are large numbers of people that stay away and don’t vote and I would particularly encourage university students to get out and vote. Your numbers can swing an election if you’re unified.”