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Amid trying to explain a website snafu that created "personal fundraiser" pages for Twitter followers without their knowledge or consent, House candidate Ro Khanna's campaign tried to get the word out about an upcoming fundraiser with some 49ers flair.
Former 49ers stars Ronnie Lott, Harris Barton, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark will headline a fundraiser for Khanna -- a former Obama administration official who's seeking to unseat fellow Democrat Rep. Mike Honda -- on Monday in Fremont.
"After being part of four Super Bowl winning teams, I know what it takes to deliver results," Lott wrote in an email to Khanna supporters, describing Khanna as someone who "embodies the key principles of hard work and leadership."
"Keeping up with the news in Washington lately has made me deeply frustrated," Lott wrote. "Entrenched special interests have gummed up the works of Congress and nothing is getting done on behalf of the American people. I think it's time for new leadership, and just like there came a time to pass the torch from Joe to Steve, and from Alex to Colin, now is the time to pass the torch from Mike to Ro. We need new energy and bold ideas to confront the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century."
Tickets for Monday's event range in cost from $1,000 to $5,200.
Khanna raised $1.2 million in the final quarter of 2011, when people thought he would run to succeed Rep. Pete Stark; Stark chose not to retire in 2012 and was defeated by Rep. Eric Swalwell, another Democrat. Since entering this 17th Congressional District race in early April, Khanna has outstripped Honda in fundraising in this year's second and third quarters.
The Bay Area Chapter of KAYA Filipino Americans for Progress, a political mobilization group, held a fundraiser for Honda on Monday night in Daly City. His campaign said he will be in Washington for the next week, but he has scheduled campaign meet-and-greets (contributions of $10 to $500 requested by not required) for Nov. 2 in Cupertino and Sunnyvale.
Rep. Mike Honda is one of the first members of Congress to adopt a new tool that lets lawmakers respond directly to people who have signed Change.org online petitions targeting them.
Change.org on Wednesday launched its "Decision Makers" utility, through which any elected official who is being petitioned can sign up for a verified profile where those petitions are aggregated in one public place. Notifications of responses from decision makers are sent via email to petition signers, who are encouraged to comment and continue the conversation on the petition page.
Honda's page shows there are 125 open petitions to him with 10 or more signers.
"I have always worked to make my office as accessible to constituents as possible, and this system is a hyper-transparent way to see what issues Americans are really talking about," Honda, D-San Jose, said in the company's news release. "It's tools like this that help us do what we came here to do -- make government more accountable to the people who sent us here. I'm proud to be an early adopter of Change.org for Decision Makers, and hope to see other members take part as well."
Others who have already signed up include U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; and Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Patrick Murphy, D-Fla.
San Francisco-based Change.org is the world's largest and fastest-growing online petition platform, with 45 million users in 196 countries and growing by 3 million users every month. It plans to roll out a similar tool for business leaders and figures in other sectors.
"For elected officials and business leaders who want to build lasting, productive relationships with their constituents and customers, this product provides a huge opportunity to engage, and it's exciting to see elected officials recognize that right off the bat," President and Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Dulski said in the release.