CT SEN – Dodd raises $1.2M in 2Q

Senator Dodd raised $1.2 million in the second quarter, raising over $730,000 from individuals, including nearly 1,700 small contributions.

This brings the total raised in the first two quarters of 2009 to $2,236,515.

The senator finished the quarter with $1.8 million in cash on hand, having spent nearly $750,000 in the second quarter.

491 donors were from Connecticut.

CTBlue raised a good point about some media inconsistency in looking at out of state donations.

Three months ago it was a negative that Dodd’s money came from out of state. Simmons, on the other hand, is now blessed because he is able to brag that so much of his money comes from out of state. Am I missing something, or is there something inconsistent here?

While the Simmons camp will try to spin that this is way under the fanciful $2-3 million figure they were projecting for Dodd, this is more than he raised this time out in the previous race, when we weren’t in a recession.

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13 responses to “CT SEN – Dodd raises $1.2M in 2Q

  1. AndersonScooper

    That’s a good quarter, but where did the $$$ come from? If not the financial industry, (that paid for his Presidential run), then who?

    Obvoiusly I want to know if Dodd has turned to Lieberman’s people for help. Because if he has, there will be strings attached and ramifications for 2012.

    Since the Senate still doesn’t file their reports electronically, we’ll still have to wait a week or so for the data.

    Let’s hope it’s just Hollywood $$$…

  2. AndersonScooper

    P.S. In reference to the media’s supposed inconsistency, Dodd’s having only 5 Connecticut donors in Q1 was a valid news story. Simmons stating that the coming race is drawing national interest, and $$$ is likewise.

    When is Quinnipiac going to grace us with their next polls? It’s been almost two full months since the last set, and it’d be nice too see how effective Dodd’s advertising has been.

  3. While the Simmons camp will try to spin that this is way under the fanciful $2-3 million figure they were projecting for Dodd, this is more than he raised this time out in the previous race, when we weren’t in a recession.

    Dodd has serious competition this time. Last time, Orchulli wasn’t serious.

    Dodd spent $750K last quarter? So if he raised $1.2 million, that means he only netted $450K. What did the Republicans net? I know Dodd is running commercials already, so it’s not just fundraising costs.

  4. AndersonScooper

    GMR–

    I met the DumpDodd crew at a Himes event on Sunday. One of the first things they told me was that they had been told to take it easy on Dodd for the short term, so he wouldn’t be so beaten up as to retire.

    I asked them, “what do you not think you could beat Blumenthal?”

    They laughed, and said “No, we need to run against Dodd.”

    Me, I’ll back the Dem nominee. (As long as they’ll promise not to back Lieberpuke in 2012.) But I’ve got to say that re-nominating Dodd is equivalent to naming Brett Favre as your starting QB for the Super Bowl, just because he is Brett Favre.

    Blumenthal’s held statewide office for twenty years, his approval ratings are double Dodd’s at 80%, in 2006 he got more votes than Jodi Rell, and I’m being told by the Party apparatus that I have no choice but to fall in line, behind the one guy the CT GOP is dying to run against?

  5. Blumenthal’s held statewide office for twenty years, his approval ratings are double Dodd’s at 80%, in 2006 he got more votes than Jodi Rell, and I’m being told by the Party apparatus that I have no choice but to fall in line, behind the one guy the CT GOP is dying to run against?

    Scooper, Isn’t great how the inside Republican power brokers confide in you?

  6. They laughed, and said “No, we need to run against Dodd.”

    If Dodd loses to Foley, then maybe Obama could make Dodd the ambassador to Ireland.

    He’s already got a cottage there. And it’s a big cottage.

    Then, he could call Foley, and they could trade information. “Stay away from Murphy’s restaurant across from the Embassy. It’s awful. Go down the Street to O’Briens. Much better corned beef.” Or, “Yeah, that idiot called the senate office every day claiming the Army put a tracking device in his brain. We just started transferring his calls to Lieberman’s office and that seemed to work.” Dry Cleaning tips, a good plumber, where to get your car repaired: all this information could be traded efficiently.

    So please Dodd, don’t retire. You’re the one we can beat.

  7. Scooper, Isn’t great how the inside Republican power brokers confide in you?

    Incorrect message Scooper. Disregard.

  8. AndersonScooper

    Puf-

    The math is abundantly clear. If Dodd retired, there would be no contest, (except to see who our next AG was).

    All I’m pointing out is that the GOP activists are being told by Party brass to lay off Dodd.

  9. CT SEN – Dodd raises $1.2M in 2Q

    Sara — I know you are a front pager, but do you read the front page yourself?

    Heath posted a front page on this very matter two days ago… I read it, guess you didn’t?

    Or, do front pagers not post in comment area under a post (where your front pager belongs) but just do a repetitive new topic?

  10. AndersonScooper

    Justin Bernier’s numbers are in:
    Q2 totals, 2009

    and they look awful when put against those of David Cappiello, the previous challenger in CT-05:
    Q2 totals, 2007

    In his first quarter, Justin raised $62,000, but spent a whopping $24,000 doing so.

    Compare that to the $198,000 Cappiello raised in his first quarter, and the fact he spent just $15,000 to do so.

    What is with Daly and Bernier and their ridiculous burn rates? Aren’t Republican supposed to be conservative when it comes to spending $$$?

  11. Compare that to the $198,000 Cappiello raised in his first quarter, and the fact he spent just $15,000 to do so.

    Thanks to the Obama economy, things are a little different.

    Compare where Bernier is now, to where Murph was at the same point instead.
    Murph had a good economy and a boatload of out of state trial lawyers too.

    Further, in all of New England how many challengers did better?
    Any?
    Name one?

  12. AndersonScooper

    ACR, if Justin Bernier is the best you’ve got, this New England Democrat is loving life.

    Anyway, naming one Frank Guinta, the Republican Mayor of Manchester, NH running against Carol Shea-Porter in NH-01. ($90,000 raised.)

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