In the 11 weeks since Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey announced his candidacy on April 15, 2009, Toomey has raised $1.6 million dollars from over 15,000 contributors across the country with $1.1 million cash-on-hand remaining.
Toomey’s strong first campaign quarter fundraising compares favorably with those of successful U.S. Senate challengers in the last election. In fact, he has raised more than every successful 2008 challenger. In his first quarter as a Senate candidate, Toomey has raised more than candidates Al Franken (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kay Hagen (D-NC), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Mark Begich (D-AK), all of whom went on to defeat incumbent U.S. senators (see chart below).
With over 15,000 contributors, Toomey has also surpassed the total number of contributors he had in the entirety of his 2004 Senate race.
It seems clear that Pat Toomey’s Senate campaign is off to a fantastic start and his message of fiscal responsibility and bringing balance to Washington is resonating with individuals across the state and country.
“I am honored by all the people who have contributed to my campaign since my announcement,” Toomey said. “These contributions come from folks across all of Pennsylvania and the country who know that America has a better future than the runaway spending and endless bailouts that are coming from Washington today. Together, I believe we can bring fiscal responsibility, political balance, and economic growth back to our country.”