Franken Raises Over $1.9 Million In Second Quarter

Posted in Press Releases on July 9th, 2007

SAINT PAUL [7/8/07] - The Al Franken for Senate campaign announced today that it expected to report having raised over $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2007 when it files its quarterly report with the FEC on July 15.

The money was raised from nearly 28,000 donors. So far in 2007, over 36,000 donors have contributed a grand total of over $3.2 million. The campaign is particularly pleased to note that over 95% of contributions in the second quarter were $100 or less.

The $1.9 million figure would mean that Al has likely out-raised incumbent Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) in the second quarter, an unusual feat for a challenger. Sen. Coleman’s campaign reported raising “over $1.5 million” in the quarter. The Franken campaign will report nearly $2 million cash on hand.

Communications Director Andy Barr:

“We made a conscious decision early on to rely on grassroots support to fund our campaign. Today, we’ve shown that when people come together, they can be even more powerful than the special interests and corporate PACs backing Norm Coleman. And we’ve shown that Al is a candidate who can bring people together around the progressive values we share.”

Other second quarter fundraising notes:

- The average contribution to the campaign in the second quarter was $65.10.

- Nearly 2,000 people who contributed to the campaign in the first quarter, or nearly 20%, made another contribution in the second quarter.

- The campaign has received contributions from every county in Minnesota and from every state in the nation.

- The campaign received only $5,500 from PACs in the second quarter, including $5,000 from Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) Prairie PAC and $500 from GMP Political Education League, the PAC of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics, & Allied Workers International Union. In the first quarter, Al received just $15,000 from PACs (including $5,000 from his own Midwest Values PAC), while Sen. Coleman received nearly a third of his total ($450,000) from PACs.

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In other news, the campaign unveiled two new legislative endorsements picked up during Al’s trip to the 8th Congressional District last week.

Sen. Yvonne Prettner-Solon (Duluth) and Rep. Frank Moe (Bemidji) joined 26 other legislators on Al’s list of public supporters. Rep. Moe announced his endorsement in front of a packed room of over 250 supporters at the Bemidji Eagles Club.

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For more information, including a schedule of events, photos from the campaign trail, and other multimedia goodies, please visit our online campaign headquarters at www.alfranken.com.

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