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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

George Fearing Outraises Congressman Doc Hastings in Q1

When Buffalo Springfield sang, "There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear." they couldn't have been referring to Washington's 4th Congressional District. Or could they?

Over at, Jimmy has posted the big news that Democratic challenger George Fearing outraised incumbent Congressman Doc Hastings in the first quarter of 2008. While the outcome of quarter one is impressive, take a look at the following:

While the FEC report only shows donor’s of $200 or more, of the 37 donors to the Hastings campaign, just nine were individual donors… the rest were either business or PAC. Those donations accounted for nearly $31k of the $33k reported.

Of the 97 who gave to the Fearing Campaign during that same reporting period, all 97 were individual donors.
On one side you have a candidate bought and paid for by the special interests. On the other side you have the people-powered candidate.

It looks the change we're hearing about during this election cycle is starting to find its way to the people of the 4th Congressional District. If George Fearing can continue to string together great fundraising quarters, which will help him increase his name recognition in the district, then Congressman Dave Reichert might have some company on the endangered politicians list.


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