Oct. 13, 2012
In Tallahassee Florida, a lobbyist and advocate for the working poor has decided to use the 47 Percent remarks by Mitt Romney as a way to have voters learn more about and support their neighbors who are in that group that the Romney campaign has pointed out. The organizers seek to do this by asking supporters to contribute money to small Food Banks and Food Pantries of their choice along with a host of other organizations like Community Action Agencies, Habitant for Humanity to name a few. The website is www.supportthe47percent.com .
The group also has asked candidates to sign a pledge a lot like that of Grover Norquists anti tax pledge to support the 47 percent of Americans that are usually the working poor, the elderly, working families, and the disabled to name a few.
Additionally, it is allowing candidates to list their “Support the 47 Percent Rallys” along with posting their signed pledge on the website. The organization is being organized as a 501 ( c ) 6 so that it can pursue its mission while engaging in political discourse, with a separate entity registered as a electioneering communications committee in Florida. It sees itself mostly as simply a portal that allows citizens to support the infrastructure that is the safety net for the 47 percent of Americans mentioned by Mitt Romney.
“When we started our firm almost 20 years ago, we made a commitment to fighting issues of poverty and those issues that affect children and families. We feel that Governor Romney’s comments may have been a gift from God. It allows us to really focus on that community of people who work harder that anyone else. While I do understand the politics, it is my hope that this can one day transcend the politics of the day, once citizens realize that this 47 percent is a mix of political affiliations and consist of all of our neighbors”, said project founder Michael Dobson of Dobson, Craig and Associates.