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Jeff Merkley Posts Impressive 3Q Haul at ~$300k October 5, 2007

Filed under: Money Chase,Primary 2008,U.S. Senate — taoiseach @ 2:03 pm

Jeff Merkley posted an impressive third quarter haul today. He’s up and running, and he’s getting a warm, nay, hot reception. The details:

  • $294,000 total haul, which started midway through the third quarter, $240k of which came in Septembermerkley
  • 720 total donors
  • 583 of them Oregonians
  • 458 online contributions for a total of $60,444 raised online

And this is only the first six weeks or so of the Merkley campaign. We can expect bigger and better things after Labor Day, of course, as things have really picked up. Traditionally, the third quarter reflects a summer slump in fundraising, but the filling rate of Merkley’s campaign coffers has gone only up, up and up since his announcement in August, with a $240k surge in September.

Remember, people, Early Money Is Like Yeast (or that’s what the people at EMILY’s List think, anyways). And no, I’m not going to say that anybody was ‘smoked’ or ‘rocked’ or make any inciting comment about ‘outsider’ candidates, unlike some campaigns and blogs.

Just the facts, ma’am.

update: Merkley spokesman Russ Kelley had this to say-

“People are really responding to Jeff’s message of opportunity and his solid record of accomplishment,” campaign spokesman Russ Kelley said. “This is a clear sign that Oregonians are ready for a change. They’ve already helped Jeff bring in nearly $300,000 in a half of a quarter of fundraising. But most importantly, they’re helping this campaign build the kind of strong grassroots organization it’s going to take to defeat Gordon Smith and his special interest money machine.”

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4 Responses to “Jeff Merkley Posts Impressive 3Q Haul at ~$300k”

  1. We can expect bigger and better things after Labor Day, of course, as things have really picked up.

    Labor Day? Labor Day was a month ago. Do you mean Columbus Day? Election Day?

  2. taoiseach Says:

    Good questions, all. I didn’t really mean Labor, Election or Columbus Days so much as I meant that the 3Q usually reflects a slump, but Merkley’s bucked that expectation. Have of that is because he announced in August, and half of that is because is September fundraising was so energetic. Fixed above.

  3. torridjoe Says:

    Taking in only $100K more in 8 weeks–during better months for fundraising–than Novick did in his first 10 weeks is “hot?” I keep hearing that the Merkley campaign is looking to raise $5m on their own. They’ll have to pick up the pace significantly–like, $1.25m for each of the next four quarters.

    If Mr. Merkley were looking to run a lower-overhead campaign it’d be less of a deal, but I think you have to admit that’s a decent total at best for the party’s choice. I certainly wouldn’t call it disappointing, but it’s not particularly crow-worthy, either IMO.

  4. carla Says:

    Taking in only $100K more in 8 weeks–during better months for fundraising–than Novick did in his first 10 weeks is “hot?”

    Correction: six weeks, not eight. Merkley didn’t even file his committee until August 4. The campaign manager and myself didn’t start until August 15. Fundraising didn’t get underway until after that.

    Especially given the $241k raised in ONE MONTH (September)–that’s a pretty awesome pace. And one which will only improve.


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