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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Darcy Burner continues torrid fundraising pace in first quarter

It's been a good month for Darcy Burner. After releasing her Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq, to great accolades, Darcy is continuing to set the fundraising pace, not only against her opponent, Congressman Dave Reichert, but among challengers nationwide.

In a press release this morning, Darcy announced that she has raised more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2008.
Burner will file documents with the Federal Elections Commission showing a total of $516,740 raised over the January to March quarter, putting her total raised over this election cycle at $1,374,866. After accounting for expenses, Burner reported $921,615 in the bank, up from $607,000 at the beginning of the year.

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Since declaring her intention to seek a rematch with Congressman Reichert in mid-March of 2007, Burner outraised the incumbent for three consecutive quarters to close out 2007, despite President Bush hosting a $1,000 and $10,000 a head fundraiser for Congressman Reichert last August. Congressman Reichert's close ties to the Bushes was again demonstrated in February, when First Lady Laura Bush hosted a private, high dollar fundraiser for Congressman Reichert at a Medina mansion that raised about $90,000, according to recent FEC filings.
Emphasis is mine. It's important to note that while Congressman Dave Reichert pursues checks from the rich and famous, the beneficiaries of Bush Administration policy, 88% of Darcy's fundraising has come from individuals and not PACs or party committees. While Dave Reichert rubber stamps the Bush Administration and hobnobs with the elites, Darcy Burner is the people-powered candidate who is showing true leadership with her Responsible Plan.

It's not going to be easy to unseat Dave Reichert, but with Darcy Burner we have a committed candidate who is doing the work of the people even before she gets into office. Expect the Republicans to throw everything but the kitchen sink at Darcy (and they might throw that in too).

So while Darcy is reporting excellent fundraising numbers, we have to continue the momentum. So if you're one of those good people who didn't wait until today to file your taxes, and you already got your refund, please consider giving some of your spare change to Darcy Burner to help retire the Sheriff. Dave Reichert only cares about the rich people. Shouldn't we have someone who represents our interests?

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