Saturday, February 11, 2012

Alan Grayson's Fundraising

Congressional candidate Alan Grayson raised $150,000 in January. To put how successful Grayson's fundraising has been, Republican Mark Sharpe raised only $89,708 in the past year. Grayson raised most of his campaign money through the small donations. Grayson has been the darling of the netroots.

Grayson's statement on his past month of fundraising.

"We call it 'People Power.' We are creating a new model for campaigns, and it is working. Meanwhile, the Republican incumbents keep stepping up to the trough of sewer money provided by the lobbyists and special interests," Grayson said in a statement.

The model Grayson speaks of is not new. Howard Dean in 2004, and Barack Obama in 2008 raised money through the internet and through communicating with activists online. The netroots fundraising model only works if progressives believe in the candidate. Kendrick Meek went around calling himself a "moderate progressive." (whatever the hell that is) Meek thought if he hired a progressive blogger, he could get progressive money without having to have progressive positions. Grayson may be controversal. But no one doubts he is to the Left of the Democratic establishment.



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