Chris Daggett for Governor (New Jersey/2009)
Jesse Ventura for Governor (Minnesota/1998)
Kinky Friedman for Governor (Texas/2006)
Jewish-cowboy/singer-turned-author Kinky Friedman's insurgent run for governor of Texas was the talk of the country for much of 2005-2006.
As an independent, Kinky had to navigate Texas' insanely complicated ballot access laws and petition his way onto the ballot. Our innovative "KinkyToons" made the case for Kinky's candidacy, helped explain the ballot process, and attracted hundreds of campaign interns and volunteers.
Kinky's campaign quickly went viral, with more than 20,000 friends on Facebook and 34,000 supporters on MySpace. These supporters helped Kinky collect over 130,000 certified signatures, contributed $2 million to the campaign over the internet, and bought more than $2 million of campaign merchandise from the website. More than 70% of Kinky's donors were political newcomers who had not contributed to any Texas candidates in the past five years.
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