July 12, 2010
The Perriello campaign announced Monday that due to Congressman Tom Perriello's strong grassroots support in the 5th district, it has raised more than $660,000 in the second quarter of 2010, breaking their record from last quarter and bringing their cycle total to almost $2.3 million.
The campaign heads into the summer months with $1.7 million cash reportedly on hand. Comparatively, Republican challenger Robert Hurt has $121,750 cash on hand through May 19, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Continuing to reject funds from federal lobbyists and corporate PACs, the campaign reported that individual donors made more than 98% of contributions this quarter. Other freshmen representatives from similarly competitive districts have received an average of $250,000 in contributions from federal lobbyists and corporate PACs this cycle.
The campaign is gaining momentum, with 62% of contributors giving for the first time and 97% of donations below $200, demonstrating the success of the campaign's grassroots support.
Lise Clavel, campaign manager for the Perriello campaign, said, "We are humbled by the outpouring of support from thousands of Virginians who have sent in $10 and $20 donations to support Tom's re-election bid... Our campaign is in the strong position it is today because of the incredible enthusiasm and generosity of Virginians who are excited to have a congressman that fights for them, not the special interests."
The campaign says it has received contributions from citizens in every one of the district's 22 localities.
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