A donation to RETIRE THE DEBT = A show of support for Clinton Delegates
(Third in a series. Please note that all links in this post take you directly to the Hillary Clinton for President website where you can contribute to retire the debt.)
Senator Clinton's delegates need to know that rank and file Democrats have their backs. One way to do that is to retire Senator Clinton's primary campaign debt pronto. This empowers Senator Clinton and her delegates to object to any effort to quash Senator Clinton's delegates. It demonstrates that rank and file Democrats expect a genuine, meaningful balloting process at the Party's National Convention. All this, while ridding Senator Clinton of debt.
Right now, Senator Clinton's delegates - who she has not released - are in an awkward position. Rumors swirl that Howard Dean plans to call for a voice vote at the convention for Senator Obama to be nominated by acclamation; or that Dr. Dean would like to have Senator Clinton remove her name from the first ballot at the convention so that even on a roll call vote Senator Clinton's delegates - and those superdelegates who choose to vote for her in Denver - would not have a chance to vote for the candidate they will have traveled to Denver to represent.
If there is any truth in these rumors - and it should be noted that I have not been able to confirm them - such measures would be typical of the disregard this year's D.N.C.'s leadership seems to have for elections: elections require that qualifying candidates be permitted to run and legitimate voters have the right and opportunity to vote for them.
In state after state, the actual people who are now Senator Clinton's went through any number of steps to qualify for the chance to attend the Denver convention as Clinton delegates. You see, after a primary or a caucus, the particular people who will be each candidate's delegates still have to be decided. State-level Democrat Party organizations vary in the procedures used to select those individuals, but all the methods require a serious level of commitment of those who would like to attend the Convention and cast a vote on behalf of the rank and file Democrats in their respective states, based on how those "ordinary" Democrats voted in the various primaries and caucuses.