About One South Florida

With so many of our families struggling to put food on the table, the last thing we need is a foreclosure crisis or spikes in gas prices. Unemployment in Florida has hit its highest point in 13 years. Our middle-class is caught in an economic squeeze that keeps many of our families one illness away from financial devastation. It's time for an entirely new approach. It's now or never in South Florida — and the whole nation will be watching.

The Problem

You'd think our elected representatives, like Congressmen Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart, would be beating the drums to improve our circumstances. Regrettably, they have other priorities: tax breaks for oil companies, profits for credit card companies, flip-flops on oil drilling off our coast and, most of all, their manic promotion of the failed US policy toward Cuba.

We can no longer afford public policies that encourage a rigid generations-old stance against the Cuban government at the expense of our real priorities at home. In the most recent polls, three-quarters of all respondents affirmed that they would prefer that elected officials focus on kitchen-table economic issues rather than changing the political system in Cuba.

Yet the Diaz-Balarts persist in restricting the rights of Cuban-Americans to visit or send money to their relatives in Cuba. The Diaz-Balarts defend Miami cronies who squandered funds from federal contracts intended to help democratize Cuban society. And the Diaz-Balarts fill their own campaign treasuries with political contributions from US companies that do millions of dollars worth of trade with the Cuban government.

The sheer hypocrisy would be bad enough. But the worst part is that all the time and energy they spend pontificating about Cuba could instead be spent trying to help improve our quality of life. After all, isn't that what our elected representatives are paid to do? Otherwise, why do they keep voting to raise their own congressional pay?

The Solution

We can do better. There's now an historic opportunity to help strengthen our middle class, with affordable housing, accessible medical care and a more fair and balanced tax code. And we could reclaim some of the billions wasted every month in Iraq to build schools and bridges here at home.

There's change in the air - with genuine hope to leave South Florida a better place for our children and grandchildren. The landscape is ripe for a professional and disciplined issue-advocacy campaign in our community.

It's never been tried here before. But look around: you can't possibly miss the charged atmosphere, the unprecedented energy and commitment materializing all around us. Now is a perfect time for us to strike.

In Miami, the stage is set for an independent, non-partisan voter education effort called One South Florida: by us and for us. It's unprecedented in our region but absolutely essential if we ever want to change course.

Organized under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, One South Florida can accept financial contributions of any amount from any donor who is a U.S. citizen. Unlike candidate campaigns, donations to "527s" are permitted from domestic corporations and unions, as well as from individuals – and there are no limits on the size of a contribution to a 527. The response thus far, in South Florida and across the country, has been gratifying and humbling.

We've recruited a top-notch political team experienced in rough-and-tumble, bilingual campaigns. And we've already lined up significant financial support, including in the Cuban-American community. One South Florida will speak clearly for an electorate desperate for modest improvements in our daily lives. And One South Florida will be both lean and strategic, making donors proud of the results delivered for every dime contributed.

One South Florida will be a passionate, bipartisan campaign with ambitious goals, including public education about the voting record of our congressional representatives.

If at all possible, please help jump-start this campaign with a generous contribution. Please contact us here. Checks are payable to:

One South Florida Media Fund
14341 Commerce Way
Miami Lakes, Florida 33016

Contributions to One South Florida Media Fund are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Federal law requires that we report the name address, occupation, and employer for each person whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 in a calendar year.

Our polling shows what we all already know: that South Florida citizens yearn for a more balanced common-sense agenda. We can no longer afford policies that can barely follow our most basic needs. Please join with us in laying the foundation for a new South Florida.