To my friends:
I have a very personal appeal for you.
After hundreds of hours of work (through sickness and weekends) by our very small team, last night we launched our Kickstarter fundraising project featuring your video stories to fund the statewide ad campaign. This website raised $60,000 for a Robocop statue in Detroit in a week. The video above is the promo for the project.
Now with the numbers we have signed up on our petition at rickswrong.com and at our Facebook page (and the 720,000 visitors since Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement), we can light the match on the bonfire and get this done in a week!
Here's the link to the project:
Whether it's $1, $10 or $100, it will CHANGE THE GAME when these ads hit the air!
The first $2500 in contributions will be matched by Michigan-based Exxodus Pictures.
Here's why this will be a game-changer:
I was devastated when I heard Rick Snyder say before the election on WDIV's Flashpoint, that "the film credits aren't working out for us and I would go to the industry and phase them down."
I knew we had to act.
The day we heard this, my film crew ran out to an industry event and got responses from industry players. We created a great 30-second ad. I called other industry people to help fund it and everyone felt Mr. Snyder really wouldn't follow through and do it.
In my many years of politics and media, I knew better. When a politician says something like that on TV, that's what they do. We funded a small ad buy out of our own very small business because I believed it needed to reach the larger public. It was just a $1000, and not enough.
BUT - this issue is not only up to the Governor. It's up the legislators to carve it out of his budget and protect the jobs that have been created and nurture a growing industry.
NOW - as a political and media strategist for the last 13 years, I will tell you what WILL work.
Getting TV ads up across the state that showcases the stories of "real people" in Michigan whose lives have been changed because they reinvented themselves and found work and "HOPE" for a new Michigan in the film industry.
My team created and managed a website and a Facebook page, we hosted a video day using our equipment and staff and have spent hundreds of hours editing these stories and getting them ready for a statewide ad campaign.
Our new KICKSTARTER project launched late last night to raise the funds and get the ads on the air in Lansing, Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids to begin.
THESE ADS WILL BE GAME CHANGERS. THE PHONES WILL RING OFF THE HOOK IN LANSING! LEGISLATORS WILL KNOW THEY CANNOT PULL THE RUG FROM UNDER PEOPLE WHO DID WHAT WHAT WAS ASKED OF THEM, REINVENTED THEMSELVES AND ARE WORKING NOW.
A Kickstarter project was what got the Robocop statue $60,000 in a week. If we can't raise $46,000 for ads to save an entire new film industry, then we are not trying hard enough.
At Rickswrong.com we have 5200 people who have signed our petition and on Facebook we have 702,000 page views, up 69,000% since the Governor's announcement. We also have over 5200 people signed up on our tellrick Facebook page.
As my fans, I am asking you all to help us light the flame! Go right now to our kickstarter project, watch the 10-minute video compilation of some of the stories we've collected and contribute whatever you can, then send the link to everyone who cares about losing Michigan's film industry. If everyone who signed the petition gave just $10, our ad buy would be complete. Think about it - $10.
I have many industry folks (here and in LA) ready to match when different levels get reached. The first $2500 match is from Exxodus Pictures, a Michigan film company.
If you can do more than $10, great - there are some great rewards my company is offering in terms of videos for you, participating in our live webcasts, etc. If you can only do $1, then do that.
Our people signed up at www.rickswrong.com need to light the match to build the bonfire. We already have the numbers to do it! If a Robocop statute can do it, we can fund these ads, change the poll numbers, and persuade the legislators to "Honor Their Commitment."
If they don't do that, we will let the people decide on film incentives in a ballot measure in November. The public is on our side! We need to get the word out! Once these ads hit, you will see a new willingness to listen to "real people" and keep the jobs we do have right now in this industry.
I want to thank you in advance for taking a few minutes, giving a few bucks, and telling all your like-minded friends.
We can get this done in a week. Let's do it and change our fate!
So I ask you to spend 10 minutes at this link:
The stories we collected moved me, and I've cried at how resilient a people we are in Michigan. My small team and I have poured our every minute (weekends and all) into telling them.
Now, it's all up to you. Thank you so very much for making this happen.
WE CAN DO THIS!! WE CAN TURN THE TIDE WHEN ENOUGH PEOPLE SPEAK OUT. TV ADS ARE THE MOST POWERFUL WAY TO DO THAT. THAT’S WHY THEY ARE USED FROM ADVERTSING TO ELECTIONS. LET’S USE THEM TO KEEP MICHIGAN’S FILM INDUSTRY
Nancy goes on America’s News HQ on Sunday, February 20, 2011, to discuss the protests going on in Wisconsin against Gov. Walker’s budget plan that will cut benefits and pay for state employees, as well as hurt their ability to collectively bargain. During the conversation, Nancy talks about how Michigan governor Rick Snyder has put a debilitating cap on Michigan’s film incentive program.
The day after new Michigan governor, Rick Snyder, announced that he wants to gut the Michigan film tax incentives Nancy sits down with author and radio personality Mitch Albom to discuss the news. Albom says it was a “gut punch,” devastating for Michigan residents who reinvented themselves; made Michigan “look like fools” by pulling the tablecloth from under big time investors who are building studios here. Albom says he and many others “were misled” by Synder in face-to-face discussions. Nancy started the website www.rickswrong.com before the election to get Synder to back off his comments about phasing the credit out. The site has exploded with almost one thousand stories from people who fear they will now have to leave because they found employment in Michigan’s vibrant film industry. Email and video stories are at www.rickswrong.com. Follow on facebook.com/TellRick and on Twitter @rickswrong, use hashmark #rickswrong.
Nancy joins the Freedom Fighters panel to discuss President Obama’s proposed budget, as well as the legal fees taxpayers are paying for FannieMae and FreddieMac execs.
Nancy joins the Freedom Fighters panel as they discuss the federal government helping the states with unemployment. They also discuss earmarks and whether military spending should be considered earmarks. Watch as Nancy catches Lisa Rothmann as she contradicts herself. It’s okay to spend on the military, but not on unemployment, teachers, etc.?
Nancy goes on “America Live” with Megyn Kelly on Fox News on February 8, 2011, to discuss the very successful Chrysler Superbowl ad touting both the Chrysler 200 and Detroit. She debates Lars Larson, a conservative radio host. They discuss the ad, Detroit, celebrity spokespeople, the auto bailout and more. Nancy comes down hard on the side of Chrysler, Detroit, the autos and the bailout, as well as American-made cars.
Nancy went on “Follow the Money” on November 18, 2010, to talk about the GM IPO and the bailout. She spoke strongly in support of the automakers.