Sunday, July 08, 2007

Lengthy Race Writeup

The Post Standard gives the race the royal treatment today (probably as many words as they wrote on the race before Oct 06). You should read the whole thing, I'm just going to focus on one part though:

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., stopped in Syracuse this spring for big fundraisers to help Walsh defend his seat.

Quarterly financial reports due to be filed with the Federal Election Commission by July 15 will show that about $500,000 poured into the two campaigns in the quarter that ended June 30.

Walsh will report receipts of about $250,000 in the quarter, with about $350,000 cash on hand, according to his campaign.

Maffei, who had fundraisers with prominent Democrats such as Rep. Charles Rangel, D-Harlem, expects a healthy showing of his own.

Maffei raised more than $210,000 in the quarter, and now has a record total of about $220,000 cash on hand, said Dan Krupnick, the Maffei campaign's finance director.


Walsh, aware of the higher stakes, for the first time in his career hired a full-time fundraising firm to organize events in Washington.

For a $5,000 monthly retainer, Epiphany Productions, of Alexandria, Va., has arranged a series of fundraising breakfasts.

Several breakfasts have been sponsored by lobbyists, including one by Cassidy & Associates, a top Washington lobbying firm that ranks as Walsh's fifth-largest contributor over his congressional career.

This is another terrible fundraising quarter for Walsh, after last quarter having one of the worst showings of an endangered incumbent. Even with Ruby Julianna and Roy Blunt, a full time fundraising firm, and working as harder than he ever has, Walsh, a ten term incumbent on the Appropriations committee could only raise $40,000 more than Dan Maffei.


At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would Walsh admit he has breakfast with lobbyists? And how could he have raised so little with Rudy and all? Maybe his pro-life supporters saw that saving his job takes precedence over his cherished pro-life principles when he endorsed a pro-choice Presidential candidate in return for $$$$.


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