Moran outpaces fundraising goal, still trails McAuliffe
Touting their efforts to raise money through a “grassroots” network of donors, Brian Moran‘s campaign just released their figures from the first cycle of 2009. Moran raised $800,000 in the first three months of the year, a far cry from the $4.2 million raised by Terry McAuliffe during the same time period.
Moran reports having $825,000 on hand. McAuliffe currently has $2.5 million in the bank.
Despite the much lower number Moran’s camp feels pretty good about the money they have brought in and where they have brought it in from. They went to great lengths to point out that of the total $3 million they have raised total, 90% has come from donors that live in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They are very happy that they have raised more in this three month period than they did in the previous 6 month period.
Moran staffers told me today that they aren’t concerned with how much money other campaigns are raising, but instead are focusing on goals that they set for themselves, that they believe they have reached.
We are still waiting to hear what Creigh Deeds will report, most believe his number will be the smallest of the three.
The complete release outlining Moran’s report is after the jump..
Brian Moran Doubles Fundraising Pace From Last Period –
Raising More in 3 Months Than in Previous 6 Months
~ “Our goal is to have the resources to win — we are ahead of that pace.”~
~ Campaign has raised nearly $3 million so far ~
~90% of money comes from in state~
ALEXANDRIA –Brian Moran’s grassroots campaign has surpassed its fundraising goals for the first quarter of 2009 by more than doubling the pace of the previous fundraising period. The campaign raised more in this 3-month period than in the previous 6-month period.
The totals for the first quarter are “putting us in a position to have the resources to win,” according to campaign officials. Jim Webb convincingly won his primary in 2006 despite being vastly outspent.
“People are investing in Brian’s grassroots campaign because his life story speaks to the challenges Virginians feel today, and he has proven he is ready to fight for the hard-working men and women of the Commonwealth,” Campaign Chair Mame Reiley said. During this period, the campaign continued to invest in its grassroots campaign, deployed the cutting-edge Organize Virginia online organizing system, and made its first media purchase of the election.
Reiley announced that the campaign raised over $800,000 during the most recent finance period of 3 months, exceeding the amount raised in the last 6 months of 2008. Since starting the campaign committee in January of 2008, the campaign has raised nearly $3 million. Over 90% of dollars contributed and contributors this period came from within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“We’re proud of the momentum building behind Brian all across the Commonwealth,” Reiley said. “Our goal is to have enough to fully communicate Brian’s background and message of fighting for Virginia – we are ahead of that pace. We expect to be outspent, but we also expect to win. Virginia Democrats have long confirmed that money in and of itself does not sway them to a candidate. Instead, they want someone who is a proven fighter for their families and a leader who can win in November.”
During this fundraising period, which began January 1 and concluded March 31, the campaign held dozens of events, including one in Charlottesville hosted by former Congressman L. F. Payne and his wife Susan; one in Richmond hosted by Stuart Siegel, former Treasurer of Kaine for Governor, and his wife Dawn; and one in Hampton Roads hosted by former candidate for Congress David Ashe.
Moran has received the endorsements of an unprecedented group of local elected leaders around Virginia, including the mayors of Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Williamsburg, Falls Church, Leesburg, Occoquan, Petersburg, Richmond and the Board of Supervisors Chair in Arlington. Moran also has the support of former Congressman L. F. Payne, House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong and the majority of Democrats on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.