Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Zerban Raises Serious Cabbage

Paul Ryan's opponent for U.S. Congress, Rob Zerban has announced his financial report for the end of 2011 and it's pretty darn impressive. He raised over $500,000 through the end of the year and nearly tripled his contributions in the last quarter. The best description of this accomplishment comes from the Zerban himself:
"I am proud to have outraised all previous challengers against Paul Ryan combined."
Now, that's of course a fraction of the big, big money Ryan has on hand, but it certainly had to make Ryan's campaign staff take notice.

Zerban's success so far has had an impact. Two weeks ago, Zerban participated in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit which resulted in an in depth discussion on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and Zerban's strong stance against it - SOPA is in fact a Trojan horse for internet corporate advantage.

Until then, Ryan had been silent on his position - until "Operation Pull Ryan" got on his back forcing him to declare his voting position. (Ryan traditionally fudges around on hot issues by mumbling vague platitudes until the vote comes down and then he votes with his party, leaving folks who thought they were having a dialog with him feeling totally fooled and used.)

Zerban raised more that $15,000 in just hours from Reddit users...Ryan kind of money.

Coincidentally, Ryan came out days later saying he was against SOPA and the internet kids rejoiced. (A word of warning kittens: If you know Ryan the way we know Ryan, don't be surprised if the House doesn't add an amendment or two that suddenly makes it possible for Ryan to support the bill - because he's a stone cold corporate whore.)

Paul Ryan is the great white whale of great white hope in the Republican Party and taking him out will be a major uphill battle. But Ryan is on the radar like never before, combined with a serious candidate like Zerban the Siren will have fun watching him work for it this time around.