Former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons raised a remarkable $753k during the last three months, according to an internal campaign memo to the Simmons for Senate Finance Committee.
“June 30th ended your first quarter of fundraising. Your campaign will report receipts totaling an incredible $753,019.26. You should be extremely encouraged by this effort.”
Simmons has had a firm lock on frontrunner status in this race since before he announced, and these numbers help cement that view.
The memo goes on to highlight some impressive statistics: average contribution of $138, and 5,271 donors from 49 states (no mention of which state was lacking).
Comparing the Simmons effort to other challengers first efforts, the memo notes that the Simmons total is well ahead of the others.
…if we compare your first quarter to the fundraising efforts of other Senate candidates in the country who were actively fundraising in the first quarter of this year, you outmatched every other senate challenger in the nation but one – the Democrat Illinois state treasurer challenging Roland Burris. No other Republican challenger raised as much in the first quarter.
We learned yesterday that Ambassador Foley raised about $530,000 this quarter, a significant amount, though less than we anticipated given his background. That you outraised a professional political fundraiser and well-connected Wall Street executive whose money-raising proficiency on behalf of President George W. Bush earned him a plum ambassadorship by 42 percent is impressive.
There are already serious questions in political circles about Senator Caligiuri’s ability to compete financially. Caligiuri has now confirmed those suspicions by revealing that he raised only about $125,000, a disappointing amount under any circumstances.
Simmons polling numbers have held very consistent over the past three months – even as Senator Dodd has re-invented himself as the guy that shows up at Chili Eating Contests and gets regular “shout outs” from Ted Kennedy and the President of the United States.
Even potential challenger Peter Schiff’s exploratory polling shows Simmons with a healthy 47%-38% lead over Sen. Dodd.
Strong fundraising, matched with excellent polling, puts Simmons in the driver’s seat in this race.