Shenna Bellows for Senate Posts Strong 4Q Donation Numbers
(UPDATED: Dirigo Blue has audio of Shenna on WVOM-FM’s “George Hale-Ric Tyler Show” this morning.)
Some good news for Democrat Shanna Bellows this morning, as PPH is reporting that her campaign haul for the fourth quarter of 2013, not yet posted with the Federal Elections Commission, is showing very strong local grassroots support since the October 23 launch date of her U.S. Senate bid.
Incumbent Susan Collins’ fourth quarter filings have yet been published either, but her campaign has taken in over $3.3 million between 2009 and 3Q of 2013- with a much lower percentage of local donations.
Via press release:
BELLOWS POSTS STRONG NUMBERS IN HER FIRST FUNDRAISING QUARTER
MANCHESTER, ME – Maine US Senate candidate Shenna Bellows has released her fundraising results for the final quarter of 2013, her first since joining the race. In just over two months since announcing her candidacy, Bellows raised $332,241 in her campaign to defeat incumbent Republican Senator Susan Collins this November.
“Our fundraising represents our values. The majority of our contributors are Mainers giving $100 or less,” said Bellows, former Executive Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. “One of the biggest threats to our democracy is big money in politics, so it is refreshing to see that grassroots giving can triumph over special interests from out-of-state.”
The most encouraging aspect of Bellows’ campaign is her grassroots support. Out of 1771 contributions, over 81.7% were amounts of $100 or less. Additionally, Bellows’ financial support is strongly rooted in the State of Maine. 80.4% of the money raised by Bellows from individual contributors came from Maine citizens, highlighting Bellows’ widespread appeal across the state. Bellows is pursuing contributions from all 504 cities and towns in Maine. She has obtained contributions from 337 towns in all 16 counties. In eight counties, Bellows has received support from every town.
Bellows’ grassroots strength is in stark contrast to the fundraising numbers of Susan Collins for this cycle as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics at http://www.opensecrets.org in September 2013. According to the Open Secrets website, the number of individual donors that made contributions of less than $200 to Collins was a mere 2%, and only 28% of Collins’ individual itemized contributions came from Mainers.
“That is what a US Senate campaign should look like: local, grassroots-funded and representative of the entire state,” said Bellows.
The daughter of a carpenter, Bellows grew up in Hancock, Maine. Before launching her campaign, Bellows served as the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, where she worked on public policy that included advocacy for voting rights, privacy and same sex marriage. Earlier this year, she led a broad coalition of groups working to protect cell phone privacy and place limits on the use of drones by police. Prior to her career in civil liberties, Bellows worked in economic development in the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps.
As Bellows launched her campaign a few weeks into the final fundraising quarter of 2013, she looks forward to building on these numbers with her first full quarter of fundraising in 2014. To make a donation or to get involved with the campaign, please visit www.bellowsforsenate.com.
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