Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Deeds Has "Net pickup of more than $350,000"

In a statement released earlier today, Creigh Deeds' gubernatorial campaign announced that he had a total of $650,000 in the bank after the campaign had "a net pickup of more than $350,000" during the second quarter. The statement drew attention to the fact that the campaign donations have been received from grassroots supporters all across Virginia the majority of whom donated under $100.
“Our campaign is making huge strides because donors from every corner of Virginia are responding to my message of creating opportunity and continuing the Warner-Kaine brand of leadership that has brought us so far,” said Deeds. “We are meeting our goals, outperforming our opponent, and with this level of success we will be able to fund our campaign plan 100 percent.”

Senator Deeds’ campaign committees raised a combined $782,586 in the first six months of 2008, ending June with $650,452 cash on hand. He received 1,226 contributions from 1,115 donors, with more than half of contributors donating $100 or less and more than 75 percent didn’t contribute in 2007. His campaign held more than 40 fundraising events throughout the period in Fairfax, Great Falls, Leesburg, Ashburn, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Richmond, Charlottesville, Roanoke and many other cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth.
Don Beyer, former Lt. Governor of Virginia and current member of Barack Obama's fundraising committee, recently pointed out that in the years since Howard Dean ran for president many successful candidates have begun using the internet as a primary was of getting people to donate. He also mentioned that this means the campaigns no longer depend upon wealthy people donating thousands of dollars to candidates but instead attempt to inspire a wide variety of people to donate relatively small amounts. In my opinion, this is a good thing because it means that the campaigns will be responsible to the general public and not just the donors who can cut checks for thousands upon thousands of dollars.

Based upon the fact that more than half of Creigh's donors gave less than $100, his campaign seems to have embraced this concept. As more and more campaigns announce their fundraising numbers, it'll be interesting to see if other candidates have implemented this strategy as well.

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