Actor Mark Ruffalo launched a national fundraising effort to support a slate of local candidates who oversee local elections in close races where small gifts make an outsized impact. Ruffalo built the slate using Champion's slate building toolset. Most of Mark's candidates are running against opponents who deny the 2020 election and in some cases have made statements supporting the January 6th insurrectionists.
I don't hate much, but we have to stand up against the insurrectionists that are trying to infiltrate our government offices through elections they say are a fraud. Let's stop these traitors and frauds.https://t.co/qO5uVM88xK— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 26, 2022
Ruffalo proceeded to call Rosie O'Donnell to ask her to support his slate as an early birthday present (at 3:00 AM).
Today I learned:— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 1, 2022
1. Not to call @rosie at 3am.
2. That all donations to my list of local champions running to save democracy will be 💵DOUBLED💵
Will you join me and support these champions? 👇👇https://t.co/EdYXfBDtZM pic.twitter.com/7eOgOmeLsH
Amanda is running to manage election administration in Jefferson County, CO. Amanda has been the head of Common Cause -- a pro-democracy organization -- in Colorado. Amanda's opponent has made multiple pro-insurrectionist statements on their social media accounts.
In response to Mark's support, Gonzalez wrote:
We both hate insurrections and are fighting for free, fair, and secure elections...that basically makes @MarkRuffalo and I besties right?— Amanda Gonzalez (@AmandaForClerk) October 27, 2022
Honored to be in this group with so many accomplished local democracy champions. @LinaHidalgoTX @stacie_wilke @Edwin_Lyngar @JustinJonesNV https://t.co/lWdBoYWyf2
Incumbent Lina Hidalgo is a champion for climate and democracy. On democracy, she's worked to make voting easier for everyone. On climate, she has held the fossil fuel industry accountable and prioritized climate action.
Stacie Wilkes-McCulloch is running to manage Carson City County's elections. She is a pro-democracy candidate who has defended the integrity of the 2020 election results, while her opponents have claimed Nevada's vote count process is illegal or suggested that they would make voting more difficult.
In response, Stacie Wilke-McCulloch tweeted:
Thank you @MarkRuffalo, so much for the support and the recognition. Democracy is on the line this election even in Nevada's Capital City @VisitCarsonCity. I am very thankful and grateful for the support nationwide. https://t.co/1sWOushc98— Stacie Wilke (@stacie_wilke) October 27, 2022
Mariluz Cristina Garcia’s seat is critical to maintaining a pro-democracy balance on the Washoe County Commission.
Edwin Lyngar is running against an opponent who put forth a proposal to radically change the county’s election system that was so extreme that it was rejected in a bipartisan vote.
Lyngar replied to the Twitter thread saying "there's never been a more important time to stand up for the vote." In addition, he tweeted:
Thanks @MarkRuffalo and @Rosie That's a way cool endorsement and generous support! Local and state races matter. https://t.co/i3WGWyITty— Edwin Lyngar (@Edwin_Lyngar) November 2, 2022
Justin Jones has a strong track record of making voting more accessible to everyone. He is facing two challengers who are election deniers.
Mark Ruffalo first became politically involved when his well water was threatened by fracking for natural gas. In response, Ruffalo launched Water Defense. Since then he has been involved in work to protect the environment, women's right to choose, racial justice, and other work. When asked why he first got involved, Mark said "If I am who I say I am, then I have to get out in front of this, and I have to start talking about it."
Danny DeVito, Rob Reiner, Jeremy Renner, and members of Congress rallied in support of Ruffalo's work to defend democracy.
Rob Reiner, the actor who came to national prominence with the role of Michael "Meathead" Stivic on the CBS sitcom All in the Family, supported the effort, tweeting "60% of Americans will have election deniers on the ballot this year."
60% of Americans will have election deniers on the ballot this year. Join me and @markruffalo and support the champions running against them. Every single donation will be doubled. https://t.co/DjBMiHdmd3 https://t.co/xTInElJ0T3— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) October 26, 2022
Jeremy Renner first broke through in his acting career with his performance in The Hurt Locker. Most know him for playing Hawkeye in several Marvel Cinematic Universe films and television series.
60% of Americans will have election deniers on the ballot this year. Join me and @markruffalo and support the champions running against them. Every single donation will be doubled. https://t.co/Sb6VMn75qA https://t.co/15uFJw0iip— Jeremy Renner (@JeremyRenner) October 26, 2022
Soon thereafter, Representative Ted Lieu tweeted Mark's slate out as well.
60% of Americans will have election deniers on the ballot this year. Join me and @markruffalo and support the champions running against them. Every single donation will be doubled. https://t.co/jwfV2SmXG6 https://t.co/13XCYEz7q2— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 27, 2022
Danny DeVito supported Ruffalo's effort as well.
60% of Americans will have election deniers on the ballot this year. Join me and @markruffalo and support the champions running against them. Every single donation will be doubled. https://t.co/eAgb8gUmnT https://t.co/9sZI7woFx5— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) October 29, 2022