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Edward Frami
September 10, 2002

Frami Leading Fundraiser in Wisc. Sec. of State Race

As of August 26, 2002, according to information published by the State of Wisconsin Board of Elections, Ed Frami, the Constitution Party candidate for the office of Wisconsin Secretary of State has raised more money for the campaign than ALL three other candidates for the office COMBINED! Not only that the Frami Campaign nearly doubled the combined the total of those candidates, which include a 24 year incumbent. Not, knowing what to expect, I went to the Elections Board web site to see where I stood in the fundraising battle with my opponents. I was astounded to find I was the leader of all candidates.

Here are the totals for the campaign (in round numbers) for all the candidates in the race:

Douglas LaFollette (incumbent, 24 years, Democrat) - When I started my campaign in January 2001, LaFollette had a $10,500 "war chest" in the bank. Since January 2001 he has raised and spent approximately $2000 and has $10,700 currently on hand to spend.

Walt Nocito (endorsed Republican challenger) - Nocito started campaigning in June 2002 when he won the endorsement of his party. As of August 26, he has raised $2525. The Republican Party does not expect to beat LaFollette and, as they have in the past, offer token opposition without serious financial backing.

Robert Lorge (rogue Republican challenger) - Lorge has raised $1200 in an effort to defeat Nocito in the Republican Primary today.

Edward J. Frami - (Constitution Party candidate) - Planned a two year campaign beginning in the fall of 1999. Raised $10,200 in 2001 and $17,900 so far this year. Total funds raised are just over $28,000.

So what does this all mean? It means I have earned consideration as a credible candidate. (Thanks to all of my contributors!) When the establishment media, those who endorse candidates on their editorial pages, talk about candidate credibility they frequently mention the ability to raised funds as one of the litmus tests. The Frami Campaign has passed one of their key litmus tests. I will certainly use this information in the final weeks of campaigning.

However, dollars don't always mean votes. LaFollette has name recognition and the power of incumbency. Both Nocito and LaFollette have the "automatic" support of their party regulars. I trail in both those categories. What the fundraising advantage gives me, is the legitimate potential of overcoming the advantages Nocito and LaFollette have.

Last week I sent an email "Why to Vote for Ed Frami for Secretary of State." ( I have sent a revised version below) The issue described in that email is a winning issue. In the next 8 weeks I plan to push that issue by:

  1. Doing an in office interview with every daily newspaper in the state.
  2. Doing an in studio interview with radio stations which interview format shows local news coverage in the state.

These interviews will be possible because I am newsworthy for two important reasons:

  1. I am the top fundraiser of all three candidates, and
  2. I have a controversial issue that differentiates me from both of them.

In addition, in the last eight weeks of the campaign we will continue with our "name recognition" strategies.

  1. The campaign van will get an additional 10,000 miles of travel visibility.
  2. An additional 2000 2' x 3' highway signs will go up around the state.
  3. A mass email get-out-the-vote message to hundred of thousands of voters.
  4. Volunteers will distribute campaign literature to as many homes they can reach.
What does the Frami Campaign need from you to accomplish all of the above. Here's the list:
  1. An additional $4000 for travel expenses to keep me and the campaign van moving. Volunteers in every county locating 2500 sites for yard and highway sign placements, and $3500 to pay for the remaining cost of the signs.
  2. Volunteers (from anywhere) to work at there home computers, identify Wisconsin email addresses and enter them into our database.
  3. Volunteers to distribute door-to-door 100,000 Frami push cards and $3000 to pay for their printing.
  4. An additional $1500 to cover mailing expenses between now and the end of the campaign.

The Frami campaign is in a solid position to pull out a win.. We spent the summer putting our name in front of several million voters at 53 county fairs. About 500 yard signs are up around the state. The campaign van has been seen by who knows how many travelers and by an estimated one hundred thousand parade watchers. The web site has had consistent traffic all summer. We have laid some great campaign groundwork. Now we need to strike hard and fast before November 5.

Our needs are only $15,000 and lots of willing volunteers. If we get extra funds we will do some media advertising, probably radio and some print. Send contributions to:

Taxpayers for Ed Frami,
P.O. Box 119,
Dousman WI 53118-0119.

You can also contribute on line on the web site .

If you can volunteer, reply to this email and we will find a way for you to help. I am excited! We are in this race. Together, you and I can put me in the Wisconsin Secretary of State's office in January. Please give me everything you can the next eight weeks.

Ed Frami Constitution Party candidate for Wisconsin Secretary of State P.S. Forward this email to whomever you think may be interested.


Although many consider the office of Secretary of State unimportant and know little about it, there is a very important issue that crosses all branches of government and all political affiliations. That issue is Division of Power and Checks and Balances. Because some have been calling for the abolishment of the Secretary of State's office, the adherence to these principles, which are crucial to the maintenance of honest government, is at risk.

When someone asks you why they should vote for Ed Frami for Secretary of State you can tell them, "Because Ed Frami wants to restore and strengthen the office of the Secretary of State, not abolish it." Why is the Secretary of State's office more important to restore than to abolish? Because a strong Secretary of State promotes honest government through the application of the principles of Division of Power and Checks and Balances.

The founders of this nation and this state understood the Christian concept of the Depravity of Man. Because of that doctrine, they established government structures that spread power around and did not trust it to just one person. As Lord Acton stated, "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely."

The Wisconsin Constitution, like the constitutions of most of the other states, divided executive power. A governor, unlike the president, does not have 100% of a state's executive power. Most states have Attorneys General, Secretaries of State and State Treasurers. Other state executive offices include Superintendent of Schools, Solicitor General, Insurance Commissioner, Railroad Commissioner, State Auditor, etc. I am fully convinced that our founders thought that the president was going to be such a weak position, they had no problem entrusting all federal executive power to him. However, because states were sovereign and responsible for many other responsibilities not given to the federal government, governors were much more powerful, therefore executive power had to be divided up.

A reading of the deliberations of the Wisconsin Constitutional Convention finds that it's framers wanted an independently elected Secretary of State so the State would have independent record keeping. Does that strike a chord with you in these days of ENRON, WorldCom and paper shredders working overtime in the Clinton White House?

Over the past twenty years the Wisconsin Secretary of State's office has been gutted of key accountability duties. First the Elections Board was taken away and made into an independent board with members appointed by the Governor, Legislature and the Democrat and Republican Parties. It is no longer directly answerable to the people via any elected official. Second, registration and regulation of lobbyists was removed and combined with the State Ethics Board, with members appointed by the governor and approved by the legislature. Isn't it interesting that the two most powerful sections of government, the governor's office and the legislature now control the group of people who control those who will lobby them for special favors? Having very little policy input in state government, wouldn't you think the Secretary of State would be less open to the potential improper influence of lobbyists.

Lastly, the commercial corporate filing records and Uniform Commercial Code administration was stripped from the Secretary of State's office and given to the Governor's Department of Business Administration. Since most large campaign contributions come from wealthy leaders in business and the governor is in a position to advance policy that could favor these leaders of business, doesn't it appear that there would less opportunity for corruption if it were administered by the less influential Secretary of State's office?

The current 24 year incumbent is Democrat Douglas LaFollette. He has presided over the responsibility gutting of his office with nary a peep of protest. Less work, same money? His lack of vigorous defense for his office tells us he has no commitment to the principles of Division of Power and Checks and Balances.

Two Republicans seek their party's nomination with the party's endorsement going to Appleton businessman, Walt Nocito. Nocito burst on the scene at the Republican's state convention in June proclaiming that the office should be eliminated. Since then, he has taken a more middle of the road, wishy-washy approach. He now states, if the office cannot be restored it should be eliminated.

I have met and talked to Mr. Nocito and told him of the State's founders desire for independent record keeping. His response was along the lines of, "What worked then may not work now."

Do you recognize what is wrong with that attitude? Mr. Nocito has fallen into the same relativistic thinking the rest of his party holds, a critical lack of adherence to sound principles. Sound principles are eternal! There was a reason the founders believed in checks and balances. Man was not to be trusted with too much power! That holds true more than ever in these days as society has gotten away from using Christian ethics to guide their lives.

The glaring difference between myself and Mr. Nocito is: Abolishing the office is not even on the table with candidate Ed Frami! It must be strengthened. That is what I stand for. That is what I'll work for when elected.

Businessman Nocito states we need to run government like a business. This seems to be a mantra for most Republican candidates today. While I agree that government must be run more efficiently, the plain fact of the matter is: Government is NOT business!

Business is operated for profit. Many activities government is charged with doing, by their nature, do not generate profits. More often they loose money which is why some level of taxation is needed to operate government.

Next, although business may operate very well under an autocratic authority, there are built in checks if that authority is inept or tyrannical. They are: loss of business, stockholders, independent auditors, bankruptcy, fraud laws, monopoly laws, etc. Our founders understood, after dealing with the autocratic civil powers of Europe, that centralized government was unacceptable if maintenance of true liberty was to take place.

Government power must be diffused, decentralized, divided and balanced so no one man or small group could grab all the power. Yes, we may have to sacrifice some government efficiency, but protection of our liberties is worth that sacrifice.

I have had the opportunity to share these principles and the issue of this campaign with a lot of people. They all understand it. They understand the need for independent record keeping, especially since the ENRON scandal is so fresh. If you ask them, "Should we should give all the executive power to the governor," they'll say, "No." They understand how this is an "Honesty in Government" issue.

This is an issue that transcends party lines. I intend to raise it throughout the campaign. It is a clear reason you should vote for me for Secretary of State. Any other choice will lead to continued centralization of government power.

Ed Frami,
Constitution Party Candidate for Wisconsin Secretary of State

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