Markey Outraises Musgrave By $110K

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A little sleep and some time to crunch numbers yielded this fun fact:

Marilyn Musgrave reported 309 itemized donors from Colorado (donors who gave more than $200) and 336 itemized donors outside Colorado.

Betsy Markey reported 408 itemized Colorado donors and 71 donors outside Colorado.


Betsy Markey, a small business owner and Democratic candidate for Congress in Colorado’s Fourth District, raised $389,566 for the second quarter of 2008 and will report $580,059 cash on hand – breaking all previous fundraising records for Democrats running in this district.  As of July 15, Markey had crossed the $1 million raised mark.

Republican Marilyn Musgrave reported raising $279,629 for the 2nd quarter, meaning Markey outraised her opponent by jusy shy of $110,000.

The previous record for Democratic fundraising in the 4th congressional district was set in July 2006 by Angie Paccione, who raised $301,652 for the second quarter of 2006 and reported $382,103 cash on hand at the end of June 2006.  Paccione had raised $700,236 overall for the cycle at the end of the second quarter of 2006.

Markey’s support came from donors of all income groups, every county in the district and all political persuasions.  Of the over 2000 people who donated to the Markey campaign in the second quarter, 779 donors gave $25 or less – and 100 of them gave $5 or less.  Markey received donations from citizens of all 18 counties in the district.  

“I’ve been honored by the outpouring of support for the campaign over the last three months,” said Markey.  “This unprecedented level of financial support for my campaign indicates that our message of positive change is really resonating with voters in the district.  I am particularly touched that nearly 800 people gave $25 or less for this quarter alone.”

The Markey campaign added 1,234 new donors this quarter, with 3,377 donors overall for the cycle.  Of the contributions given this quarter, 79% of them were from in state and the average contribution was around $60.

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  1. Go Blue says:

    and keep up the hard work.

    For those of you who have been reluctant of Betsy’s campaign go to Besty Markey for Congress, learn more about Besty, volunteer and contribute if you can.

    Musgrave is running scared especially now that her new image is being chiseled away by Markey’s A game campaign.  

  2. Gray in the mountains says:

    It’s in the bible with all the begats.

  3. Danny the Red (hair) says:

    understated is how many donors she has.

    She will be able to tap those folks over and over.

    I’m really impressed.

    • colojason says:

      I sent my $50.  It’s not my district, but I figure it’s well worth it for a shot at knocking out someone as evil as Musgrave.  Wake up Republicans, homophobia isn’t going to keep you in office forever.

    • Danny the Red (hair) says:

      she’s using them for online donations.

      I’m just wondering about costs to collect recurring donations.

      • DavidThi808 says:

        the big cost is not Verisign (we use a paypal subsidiary) but rather the credit card system 2% for visa or MC and 4% for AmExp

        But there is a cost for handling checks too – people have to spend time on it. From a business perspective, I prefer the credit card if the amount is under 1K

  4. DavidThi808 says:

    the number of donors, the gigantic in state percentage, the fact that it’s boatloads of small contributions – that all points to a gigantic level of support on the ground.

    And the percentage difference in dollars – it’s over 25% more. She’s blowing away an incumbent. Looks like the Repub money shortage has hit MM

  5. One Queer Dude says:

       Not good, esp. since the RCCC is cash-strapped itself and it has higher priority races than Colo. CD 4 which, because of registration figures and past performance, should be self-sufficient.  

    • Go Blue says:

      As pointed out by her campaign manager the majority of Musgrave’s contributions came from outside of Colorado. As the Fort Collins Coloradoan reports

      About $456,000 of Musgrave’s contributions came from political action committees in this campaign, primarily from business and Republican groups.

      Besides for the usual suspects of K Street PACs, Musgrave has also raked in contributions from the likes of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Exxon Mobile and Wal-Mart.  

  6. She’s never had problems raising (and spending) money for her campaigns in the past.  This is a pretty dramatic fall-off, and it couldn’t come at a worse time with the NRCC short on funds and difficult races across the country.

    Congratulations to Markey for her work so far.  And as noted, success begets success; with numbers like this, she’ll get donations from people who were skeptical before.

    • One Queer Dude says:

         They won’t be there this year; they’re not all that flush with $$$ and they have other priorities (like trying to reclaim Denny Hastert’s seat as well as the two seats in MS and LA lost last winter).  

        And thet state party won’t be of much help to her since the GOP state chair has his myopic obsession with Sweatshop Schaffer’s race.

    • BlueCat says:

      Not my district either. Paccione could have done it if not for the bankruptcy stuff and even so, cost the Rs plenty. Markey can do this and Dems from all districts should help.

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