Dodd Hauls in $1.2 Million in 2Q

U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd’s campaign announced today that they have raised $1.2 million in support of the Senator’s re-election campaign during the second quarter of 2009.

From The Hill:

Dodd’s total outpaces all of his potential opponents, including former Rep. Rob Simmons (R), who raised $750,000, and former Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley (R), who raised $530,000.

Not surprisingly, the Dodd release emphasizes the local nature of his resources:

“Chris’s fundraising total represents a substantial investment by Connecticut residents and those across the country who know he’s the guy who can get things done for working families,” said Jay Howser, Dodd’s campaign manager.

Sen. Dodd received contributions from only five Connecticut donors in the first quarter of 2009, as some may recall.

The Hill also raises an interesting side note for observers:

Interestingly, Dodd’s campaign notes in its release on the fundraising numbers that there are more individual contributions from the Nutmeg State than “from any other state.” But will that hold true when PAC contributions are included?

It will be interesting to see what a thorough review of Dodd’s report turns up.

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14 responses to “Dodd Hauls in $1.2 Million in 2Q

  1. ModerateDem08

    Raising $1.2 million is impressive and the fact that he focused on in-state contributions is a plus, but it is important to take a closer look at the numbers to get a total perspective before we as Democrats can feel more comfortable. It is true that Sen. Dodd outraised all of the Republican candidates individually, but if you take their numbers in the aggregate, Republicans outraised Dodd with an equally impressive $1.405 million to his $1.2 million.

    Understanding the level of contributions to his Republican opponents underscores the depths of his vulnerabilities. It is going to be difficult to keep up this pace for both parties, but it will be interesting to see who ultimately has the money advantage. No matter what, the airwaves and tv time are going to be full. Feel sorry for the Democratic gubernatorial candidates, especially if Rell runs for re-election.

  2. No matter what, the airwaves and tv time are going to be full. Feel sorry for the Democratic gubernatorial candidates, especially if Rell runs for re-election.

    Indeed, both sides will be able to get their respective messages out.

    Dodd’s fundraising haul seems to be kind of a middling number. There has never been a question that Dodd will have the resources to compete. Considering, however, that he is in the fight of his life, the lack of other vulnerable incumbent Democrats and that Dodd has plenty of friends in DC who likely owe him favors, I thought his total would be closer to $2 million. Republicans will be at a disadvantage money wise, but they certainly won’t be overwhelmed.

    It will be interesting to see how much Merrick Alpert raised.

  3. AndersonScooper

    I hope Dodd didn’t turn to Lieberman’s money people for help. (Who would Dodd back in a 2012 primary, Lieberpuke again?) I guess we’ll soon see.

    Ad what about cash on hand? How much is left after that spate of TV ads?

  4. AndersonScooper

    Speaking of $$$, it will be interesting to see if Justin Bernier, (the guy running in CT-05 against Murphy), can raise anywhere near the $200,000 that David Cappiello did in his first quarter of campaigning.

    My guess is that the answer will be a resounding “No!”, because you’ve got imagine Caligiuri and his people will be doing everything possible to under-cut the young whipper-snapper.

    Will Bernier raise even $100,000?

    And what’s up with the CT GOP that they can talk such a big game while providing so little real support to candidates like Sean Sullivan, Matt Daly, Justin Bernier, Joe Visconti, etc.

    PS– Has anyone heard from Boaz ItsHaky? Where did he go?

  5. I still say Dodd won’t be on the ballot in November of 2008. He can use all this money in his committee to pay those legal bills that are piling up.

    I honestly like Chris Dodd but I think he’s ultimately scamming all of those people who are giving him money under the guise that it’s for his “reelection.”

  6. This is Dodd’s first really serious campaign in how many decades? Looks like his campaign staff has become a little more competent. Getting only 5 donations in the first quarter was a complete PR disaster. I guess his campaign staff had been so out of practice for so long, because it didn’t matter what they did. Did he bring on someone new or did his staff just start opening their eyes a bit?

    I wonder how more individual contributions will come from CT than any other state. By count or by dollar? I wonder if Dodd’s campaign wouldn’t solicit funds from people in State X if that was getting close to Connecticut’s take. When does the report come out? Is there anything else he could do to make CT have good numbers (e.g., list people with contributions below $200 if that category had lots of CT people).

    Did Dodd have any big fundraisers in CT last quarter? If he had a dinner of other event in Hartford or Westport or wherever, that’d bring in a lot of CT money.

  7. PS– Has anyone heard from Boaz ItsHaky? Where did he go?

    http://www.boforcongress.com/ is his website, and he’s apparently running in 2010. He’s updated his website a few times this month apparently.

    I wouldn’t bet on Bo winning the election though. I can’t even imagine a scenario where that election isn’t called within 1 minute of the poll closing. Rosa’s seat is about as safe as they come.

  8. I wouldn’t bet on Bo winning the election though. I can’t even imagine a scenario where that election isn’t called within 1 minute of the poll closing. Rosa’s seat is about as safe as they come.

    I agree with you on that one gmr. I think the 1st is safer than the 3rd for the Democrats and I honestly don’t know why any Republican candidate wastes their time running against Larson and DeLauro or why anyone contributes money to those losing efforts.

  9. Okay, I suppose there is a reason to have a name on the ballot in some cases such as John Larson or Rosa DeLauro suddenly dropping out of the race for some horrible reason but let’s face it, in those two districts (the 1st CD and the 3rd CD) the Democrats could put just about anyone on the ballot to replace Larson or DeLauro at the last minute and STILL WIN so again, I say why bother?

  10. AndersonScooper

    Brenda, are you a GOOP’er, or a Democratic operative pretending to be a Republican?

    I love so much of what you’re saying, but are you straight up?

    Just wondering…

  11. Yes Anderson, I am a Republican and have been all of my life. As with almost everyone, I don’t always vote a straight party line. There are Republicans I dislike and Democrats I like. I have many politically active friends on “both sides of the aisle” as they say.

    I have had the pleasure of meeting Rosa DeLauro and find her to be a very nice person. Yes, I probably disagree with her votes more than I agree with her but I genuinely like her. I have also had occasion to meet Chris Murphy, John Larson and Joe Courtney on a few occasions over the years and again, while I may disagree with them on certain issues, I find them all to be honest, honorable and likable people.

    Chris Dodd is a personal friend of many people in my area of the state and some of my family members (yes they’re Republicans too) have found him to be extremely helpful with things over the years, therefore I find it hard to dislike the man.

    I totally understand why some of my statements may be confusing but I hope this explanation helps to clear things up.

    I’m sure I’ll post something real soon where you’ll think I’m completely off the deep (right) end so that’ll give ya something to look forward to, LOL!

  12. Will Bernier raise even $100,000?

    Didn’t need to at this stage.

    Take a look at what Murphy raised at the same point, WITH both trial lawyers and a better economy.

    Bernier’s campaign isn’t bouncing any checks and he’s staffing up.

  13. Not to long ago people were talking about how safe the seats of Shays,Johnson & Simmons were. People don’t vote in challengers–they vote out incumbents. If Obama’s approval ratings continue to tank and the economy doesn’t improve…Congressman Bo although a long shot may not be as crazy as you may think.

    I wouldn’t bet on Bo winning the election though. I can’t even imagine a scenario where that election isn’t called within 1 minute of the poll closing. Rosa’s seat is about as safe as they come.

  14. Don’t worry Scoop, Dodd is going to get money from his buddies…

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/07/will_dems_allow_goldman_to_man.html

    From Above…

    “Taibbi writes that Goldman personnel — it’s not legal for the corporations, themselves, to make political contributions — donated nearly four-and-a half million dollars to get Democrats elected last fall. And the Center for Responsive Politics (CPR)’s OpenSecrets.org reports that almost a million of that went to the man who helped keep the Climate Exchange alive back in 2000 and 2001, Barack Obama.

    In fact, Goldman was Obama’s largest private contributor and “was the biggest business donor to Democrats in 2008, according to a (CPR) report. Some 73 percent of Goldman Sachs’s millions in 2006-08 donations went to Democrats,” according to a March article by Kevin D. Williamson in National Review.”

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