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Following the corruption, ineffectiveness and hypocrisy of Rep. Vito Fossella.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Harrison's 4Q Filing

4Q 2007
Net Q: $69,230
Net: $106,457
CoH: $83,116
Debt: $2,351

The Harrison campaign who has sent me this press release. It is great to see a campaign recognize what internet outreach can do.

Democratic Congressional Candidate Steve Harrison Tops 100G
Fundraising success attributed to Grassroots support

(Staten Island/Brooklyn) Daniel Kadin of Daniel Kadin Associates, the fund raising group for Congressional Candidate Steve Harrison (13th CD, Staten Island/Brooklyn), announced today that the campaign raised over $106,000 through year end and has cash on hand of over $83,000.

“The sum was raised over the last quarter of ‘07 plus the last two weeks of the third quarter,” said Kadin.

Harrison was the Democratic candidate against incumbent Vito Fossella in 2006. With only $130,000 against Fossella’s $1.7M, Harrison garnered over 43% of the vote. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee credited Harrison with showing that Fossella can be beaten.

Harrison is already approaching his total ‘06 number well before March, the time of year he began fund raising for the ‘06 race.

Kadin points to Harrison’s grassroots support. “Steve had 439 contributions from individuals as of year end, with over 60% in-district, split about evenly between Staten Island and Brooklyn. That’s a remarkable achievement. This is not a district noted for large donations but the numbers show deep support in the district. It’s fine and necessary to get out-of-district support but in-district support is indispensable to win the election.”

Harrison’s fund raising approach mimics the Howard Dean model. Typically this style of fund raising relies heavily on grassroots support through vehicles such as on-line appeals to small donors and house parties. It tends to mushroom as time passes and minimizes reliance on money from special interests. “

“Harrison is doing very well in the grassroots sphere,” said Kadin, “as the election draws near, the on-line crew becomes more active. Solidly progressive candidates like Steve do very well in that world.”

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