With the fundraising quarter reports due on April 15, there has been some news about the numbers the various campaigns are going to be reporting. While a lot of people are waiting to hear from the statewide candidates, it appears as though there are some Delegate candidates who are going to be showing good numbers as well. Mark Keam's campaign, for instance, will be reporting that he raised over $130,000 and will have about $100,000 cash on hand. I've seen many candidates who raise this much during an entire primary (and some who didn't even come near it but still won) so these numbers are definitely a good sign for Mark's campaign. Perhaps more important at this early stage in the campaign, however, is the fact that the donations came from over 500 individuals which helps to show the grassroots support that Mark has already been developing.
“I am very pleased that we have exceeded our fundraising goal for the quarter. I am grateful for the generous outpouring of support from so many people who believe in our campaign.” Keam stated, adding, “With this level of resources available in this early stage of the race, I am confident that we will run a strong and competitive grassroots campaign through June 9th.”
Also worth noting is the fact that Mark spent about a third of the quarter as an unpaid volunteer coordinator for the Hunter Mill magisterial district for Sharon Bulova's campaign to be Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. These numbers therefore primarily represent fundraising that was done during February and March -- relatively similar to the period that is left before the Democratic primary. These numbers would therefore seem to suggest that Mark is capable of raising the resources necessary for the general election if he becomes the Democratic nominee.