Monday, May 05, 2008
Mark Schauer's First Quarter Fundraising
This was a long time ago, but in the interests of completeness... (I posted Renier's on April 14... but it's been a busy month since then.)
From Michigan Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer's report to the Federal Election Commission:
We all pretty much knew this, but it's worth pointing out the highlights. Schauer raised $323,549.59 in the first quarter of 2008, at about $885,000 for the whole cycle.. That's a little less than the initial report suggested, but nonetheless impressive. Of his contributions last quarter, about 75 percent came from individuals, which is good.
As far as spending goes, Schauer hasn't spent all that much, and had $751,359.11 cash-on-hand at the beginning of April. That's a lot of money for a challenger in an R+2 district.
Some significant* contributors: Lynn Rivers (former member of Congress), Doug Spade (former state representative, Lenawee County), Leonard Smigielski (Jackson County Democratic chair), Kildee for Congress, Rangel for Congress, Levin for Congress, Pam Byrnes for State Representative, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEUI, and a bunch of other unions, plus a bunch of names of bloggers that I've come to recognize from Michigan and national blogs.
The point of that? It's pretty clear that Schauer has managed to secure the establishment support and a lot of activist support. As long as he can keep all of them liking him-- unions, bloggers, local party leaders-- he'll have quite an army of supporters when it finally comes time to get out the vote.
Overall, a good quarter for Schauer. Next post, we'll see how Congressman Walberg fared.
* Note that significant is in terms of importance as I perceive it, not amount contributed.
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