Toomey raises $2.3 million

The first of many fund raising-related posts to come this week:

Pat Toomey’s campaign raised $2.3 million last quarter, according to information released this afternoon. The Republican Senate candidate now has about four million dollars in his warchest, as he prepares for a general election campaign against either Senator Arlen Specter or Congressman Joe Sestak. (Toomey is facing conservative activist Peg Luksik in the GOP primary, but is expected to easily cruise there.) PoliticsPA has the details, and the campaign press release is below.

Toomey Gains Momentum,

Raises $2.3 Million in First Quarter of 2010

Allentown, PA – In 2009, Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey raised more campaign funds than any Senate challenger candidate in the nation.  Today, the Toomey campaign is pleased to announce that it has begun 2010 with its most successful fundraising quarter to date, taking in $2.3 million in the months of January through March, and reaching over $4 million in cash-on-hand.

In the last quarter of 2009, Pat Toomey surpassed 30-year incumbent Senator Arlen Specter’s quarterly fundraising total.  In this first quarter of 2010, while Specter has so far not announced his numbers, Toomey has outraised long-time incumbents such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and former presidential candidate John McCain. With over 40,000 individual donors, it is clear that voters are enthusiastic about Toomey’s candidacy.

In the last several months, Toomey has also been surging in the polls, leading both Specter and his Democratic primary opponent Congressman Joe Sestak in most publicly released polls.  As more and more Pennsylvanians rally to Toomey’s message of fiscal responsibility and political balance in Washington, they are simultaneously rejecting Arlen Specter’s blatant political opportunism and Washington careerism.

“I am very appreciative of the deluge of support I have received for my candidacy,” Mr. Toomey said.  “As I travel across the state, I meet more and more Pennsylvanians who want to join our campaign and help bring true change and fiscal sanity to Washington.  If I am elected to the U.S. Senate, I intend to do just that.”

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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