Perriello rakes in the money
Edited by Chris Graham
The Tom Perriello campaign announced over the weekend that it raised over $600,000 in the first fundraising quarter of 2010 – the vast majority of it from small donors – marking their most successful fundraising quarter ever.
The campaign enters April with nearly $1.4 million cash on hand. With donors from all 22 localities of the Fifth District, the campaign is conducting an aggressive, grassroots donor program focused on small (under $200) donations and rejecting funds from federal lobbyists and corporate PACs. The campaign attracted a record 4,694 new donors this quarter. That brings its total number of donors for the cycle to over 7,600 individuals, 88% of whom are small donors.
“We are both humbled and thrilled to see such an outpouring of support from so many small donors who are going head-to-head with powerful Washington special interests,” said Anna Scholl, finance director for the Perriello campaign. “With not a dollar of federal lobbyist money in our campaign coffer and over 7,600 donors, we are proving that a people-powered campaign can win over the big insurance companies and big energy companies that have dominated our political system for so long.
“Working and middle-class families of Virginia know that Congressman Perriello represents them, not the special interests,” Scholl said.