Mike Espy, the Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate in Mississippi, has launched a new campaign aimed at saving the United States Postal Service, or so it seems.
In a tweet Tuesday evening, Espy said millions of Americans are relying on the U.S. Postal Service during this pandemic but it may run out of cash by summer.
“It’s on us to pressure leaders in Washington,” Espy tweeted, before asking readers to add their name to a petition to demand the federal government “save the postal service.”
Millions of Americans are relying on the @USPS during this pandemic—but it may run out of cash by summer. It’s on us to pressure leaders in Washington.
Will you add your name alongside mine to demand the federal government save the postal service? https://t.co/V8mo6QH4Dc
— Mike Espy (@MikeEspyMS) April 22, 2020
Postmaster General Megan Brennan told the House Oversight and Reform Committee in early April that agency forecasts show a possible $13 billion drop in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact. The postal service could run out of cash before the end of the current fiscal year. She noted that mail volumes have declined significantly and “may never fully recover.”
The postal service relies on fees to operate. Brennan said in a release that the impact from the pandemic will likely result in a net operating loss of more than $22 billion over the next 18 months, adversely effecting the agency’s 630,000 workers.
Espy’s call to “add your name alongside mine” to save the postal service utilizes a platform called FastAction which is part of NGP VAN and EveryAction. All of these list the same Washington D.C. address on their websites as well as the same executive leadership.
“Nearly every major Democratic campaign in America is powered by NGP VAN’s software, including the Obama campaign’s voter contact, volunteer, fundraising and compliance operations in all 50 states,” their ‘About’ page notes. “The organizers, fundraisers, and strategists that use our tools work tirelessly to advance important causes and elect inspiring leaders, like President Barack Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren. From equality + reproductive rights to education + climate change, the passions of these leaders and organizations are shaping a brighter future – and we’re passionate about offering them the technology they need to bring their goals to life.”
By submitting your name and contact information to “save the postal service” your data becomes part of the Democrat campaign operation powered by NGP VAN, and it is all being paid for by the Mike Espy for Senate Campaign Committee, as noted on the bottom of the sign-up page.
It would appear that the Espy for Senate campaign has found another “crisis” to piggyback on in an effort to expand their campaign’s outreach and further assist the Democrat establishment nationally as they wade deeper into Mississippi politics.
Fill out the form to save the postal service and you get this solicitation for campaign funds.