Friday, July 21, 2006

Murphy Fifth Best Fundraiser Nationally

Chris Murphy once again put up some terrific fundraising totals for the second quarter. Murphy's campaign reported having over $1 million cash-on-hand at the June 30th FEC filing deadline. Murphy's cash-on-hand total ranks fifth among all House challengers nationally. This impressive feat is just another reflection of the solid campaign that Chris Murphy is putting together. National observers are taking notice too. Congressional Quarterly cited Murphy as one of the "Democratic challengers thriving in [the] money race." Murphy's strong showing should enable his campaign to continue to receive the attention and resources of the national party.

While Chris Murphy's fundraising numbers are quite impressive for any House challenger, the fact remains that he will never be able to outspend a 24-year incumbent. Nancy Johnson has a blank check from her Washington special interests, and reported having $2.6 million cash-on-hand for the quarter. In a clear display of how beholden Johnson is to special interests, more than half of the money she raised came directly from PACs. Whenever Nancy Johnson needs money all she has to do is pick up the phone and make a call to one of her many lobbyist friends and a check is sent in the mail. By opening her office to special interests, Nancy Johnson has effectively sold her vote to the highest bidder and left the people of Connecticut behind.

In order to compete with Nancy Johnson's warchest, Chris Murphy will have to rely on the generosity of average folks like us. Murphy has already created a strong grassroots fundraising effort, with 76% of his campaign contributions coming from individual donors. The need for money will be very high as Johnson will no doubt use her warchest to smear her opponent with negative attacks. With the proper financial resources, however, Murphy's campaign will be able to respond to any attack Johnson makes. To do my part, I have created an ActBlue account for this site. You can contribute directly to Chris Murphy's campaign by simply filling in the box on the right side of this page. I encourage everyone to give whatever they can to the Murphy campaign. Money is the most critical aspect of any campaign. Without our help, Nancy Johnson's special interest money will go unmatched. So please give whatever you can to help ensure that Chris Murphy has the needed resources to defeat Nancy Johnson once and for all in November!


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