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The LGBT activist and blogger Louis Flores investigates the corruption in New York City under the Christine Quinn administration.

''Roots of Betrayal : The Ethics of Christine Quinn'' a book by Louis Flores

Hi, my name is Louis Flores, and I am a blogger and an activist. 

I am writing a book that will take a ''behind the scenes'' look at New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's politics and ethics.  I aim to show you how a politician, who claims to be transparent and ethical, has demonstrated herself to be just the opposite. 

But I need your help to publish this book. 

Next year, Speaker Quinn is expected to publish her memoirs as a slick public relations stunt during the race for mayor of New York City in 2013.  Her critics allege that the press does not hold Speaker Quinn accountable for her record of undermining democracy.  In 2008 and 2009, Speaker Quinn worked hand-in-hand with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to purposely deny voters a referendum when they overturned term limits.  Just the way that term limits were overturned -- a series of back room meetings (and some say, deals), all away from public participation and scrutiny -- still draws much heated discussion in New York.  For years now, Speaker Quinn has been using discretionary funds to thwart the full participation of other City Councilmembers in the city's legislative agenda.  Speaker Quinn has even gone along with Mayor Bloomberg's budget cuts to the office of the Public Advocate, at each turn choosing to go along with what is not right in order to get along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  Speaker Quinn is undermining any oversight and accountability in public office.  I am writing my book, so that the other side of the story can be told.

This KickStarter project will help me to raise money in order to self-publish this book -- in order to to tell the whole story. This is how the money will be used : 

  • I need to pay $2,300 so that my manuscript can be transformed into a book by a self-publishing company. 
  • I am also raising the modest amount of $3,100 to pay for marketing materials and to promote my book on the Internet. 
  • KickStarter will keep $300 for hosting my fundraising campaign.
  • Amazon will keep $300 for processing all of the secure payments made to support this KickStarter project.

With your help, my book can be used to educate voters about Speaker Quinn's political record.  Can you make a pledge today to support my book project ?

Please help me to spread the word about my book by posting a link to this KickStarter project on your Facebook page.  Thank you for everything you do.

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    You will be donating money to help support the publication of this book. In exchange, you will receive an electronic copy of the final book cover at least one week before it is posted anywhere on the Internet. Anybody who pledges at this amount, or greater, will receive progress reports on this book. And we shall send you an invite to a meet-up at a mass, flash-mob style book release party in New York City. There is a possibility that the estimated publication date of this book may be moved, only because this book is being timed to be published at the same time when Speaker Quinn's carefully-packaged book is released. We'll know more as we go along, and we will keep you updated. :)

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    GRASSROOTS SUPPORT PLEDGE. You will receive TWO paperback copies of the book, shipped to you anywhere in the United States. One for you, and one for your best activist friend. This way, you will be able to have meaningful discussions with your best friend as you each read this book together. This is the most important funding level being offered, because you will be directly supporting the publication and the sale of this book. Most self-published books do not sell over 500 copies, and, with your help, we are aiming to sell double that amount -- even before the book becomes available for retail sale. There is a possibility that the estimated publication date of this book may be moved, only because this book is being timed to be published at the same time when Speaker Quinn's carefully-packaged book is released. We'll know more as we go along, and we will keep you updated. :)

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    You will receive TWO autographed paperback copies of the book, and you will be listed as a supporter in the credits of this book ! (Requests to remain anonymous can be made by sending an e-mail to : nothirdterm [at] gmail [dot] com.) As a bonus, you will receive an invitation to hear the author read the first chapter of the book ; the reading shall take place in New York City one week before the publication of the book. If you strongly believe in the importance of this book, and you live in the New York City area, then please consider making a donation at this level. There is a possibility that the estimated publication date of this book may be moved, only because this book is being timed to be published at the same time when Speaker Quinn's carefully-packaged book is released. We'll know more as we go along, and we will keep you updated. :)

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    You will receive TWO autographed paperback copies of the book, and you will be listed as a supporter in the credits of this book. (Requests to remain anonymous can be made by sending an e-mail to : nothirdterm [at] gmail [dot] com.) Plus you will receive an invitation to a private dinner party in New York City one week before the book is published, where you will be able to inspect the final manuscript over dinner with the author. You will not be able to take the manuscript with you, but will you get an advance look at the book. Your opportunity to review the manuscript will only last during the course of dinner. Only one copy of the manuscript will be available and must be shared by all donors at this level. The maximum amount of time that the manuscript will be available to be shared amongst the donors shall not exceed two hours. No photographs will be allowed. Please consider making a donation at this level only if you live in the New York City area. As with the other reward levels, it is important to note that there is a possibility that the publication date of this book may be moved, only because this book is being timed to be published at the same time when Speaker Quinn's own carefully-packaged book is released. We'll know more as we go along, and we will keep you updated. :)

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