I talked with another potential candidate for the Democratic nomination earlier today and was shocked by how he was following in the footsteps of every previous political campaign. Money isn’t important – reaching out to the people in your district are.

If Bernie has taught us anything, it is that grass roots organizing is a million times more effective than hiring tons of staff and raising money from big donors. I will not be asking for any large donations from any businesses, I will not be asking for any donations from the banks or financial institutions, and I will not be hiring manipulative think tanks to run my campaign.

What I will be doing is talking to people in the community about their concerns, their hopes, and their struggles. I want to change the political climate in this country and move away from catering to the rich and powerful and work towards addressing the concerns of the constituents in the district. Money is vital in politics, but so is integrity. Winning elections shouldn’t be dependent on how many rich people you know and pander to.

I’m so glad that people are supportive of my campaign and have already offered to help move this campaign forward, and I am so grateful. Without your help, this campaign will not succeed. I am not rich, I cannot fund my own campaign. I will not pander to the rich and powerful, so without your support, we will not be able to continue this political revolution.

Nick Schiller is a Democrat running for the United States House of Representatives for Michigan’s 2nd Congressional district. He is not a politician, just a normal Michigander who is concerned with the out-of-touch actions of our current members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Want to learn more about Nick? Read his bio or visit his Facebook Page.