Tuesday, July 11, 2006

End of Quarter Fundraising Successful for Kissell Campaign

The last week of the second quarter was a frenzy of fundraising events for the Kissell for Congress campaign. There were events at home and online. An event June 28 raised about $25,000 with several thousand more raised at an event in Robin Hayes' home base of Concord on the final night of the quarter.

On the June 30, the home belonging to Leanne Powell and her husband was packed with Kissell supporters. Some had met Larry during other campaign events and were there to continue their support of him. Others were meeting Larry for the first time. All are excited at the prospect of finally having someont they can count on to stand strong for them in Washington. Someone working....for a change.

Great news came for the Kissell for Congress campaign on Thursday when, after months of working toward it, the Netroots group endorsed Larry Kissell for Congress. This translates into tens of thousands of dollars - possibly topping a hundred thousand by November. On the first night alone over 250 people from all over the country contributed to Larry's campaign.

Online fundraising has been made easier for Democrats with the start of a site called ActBlue. Contributors can make donations with debit or credit cards on a secure site. Each donation can be directed to a candidate for statewide or national office and 100% of the donation goes to the candidate. The site is funded with donations from contributors. The site also keeps track of the necessary information each campaign would need for proper disclosure on its contributors that give $200 or more. You can give to any NC Democrat running for U.S. House by going to my ActBlue page.

It will be difficult, if not impossible, for Larry to amass the millions that Robin Hayes has for this campaign. Fortunately, it isn't necessary for Larry to do that in order to win. Hayes always spends well over $1 million to retain his seat and he doesn't get more than 54 - 55% of the vote. From what I'm hearing, his millions will not be enough this time.


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