Luther Campbell has two things to say about his recent low revenue fundraiser: first of all, the reports that he only raised $250 were grossly exaggerated, he says, which can be verified. And secondly, at $5 a donation, $250 wouldn’t even have been that bad.
The rapper-turned-aspiring-Mayor-Of-Miami tells Bossip in a statement that he is proud of the $2000 total his campaign received at last weeks fundraiser for one simple reason: I came strictly from his future constituents.
“My campaign is not rolling in dough,” he admitted. “There are no lobbyists or special interest groups supporting me. My campaign runs on donations from everyday people of $5 dollars at a time. I never expected to raise $50,000 at a fundraiser. I raised close to two thousand dollars at the fundraiser in question, which can be checked with the Dade County Elections Bureau, but let’s say I “only” raised $250 on that day. That means fifty every day citizens believed enough in me to give me five dollars a piece, and I am okay with that. That makes me proud.”
Luke went on to parallel the criticism his political aspirations have received to the backlash he faced in the early 90s, when he took 2 Live Crew’s fight for freedom of expression all the way to the Supreme Court. He added that as before, he is ready to make history once again.
“I remain a believer in the people and a believer in our rights,” Luke stated, “and that is why I am running for the mayor. This is my town. I grew up here. My family and friends are here, and I am truly working for the community. My winning will be because of the support I get from them. I’m with that type of history making. This is not a race about who is raising the most money; it is a race about helping and reaching those that live in Miami-Dade.
“I am going door-to-door talking to individuals, gaining their respect all while I am growing in the polls,” he continued. “Recent polls in Miami are showing me in second place tying with Gimenez. 62% of the folks in Miami are still undecided and I do plan to win those votes. So you tell me what matters: the people or the money? When we win, I guess we will be called rocket scientists because we did it our way. I am the kind of politician that works for the people and not the man.”
Suddenly, this whole “Luke for Mayor” thing doesn’t sound so inconceivable, now does it?