Wednesday, July 8, 2009

$1.325 million: Conway for Senate sets fundraising record

Jonathan Meador at LeoWeekly's Fat Lip blog has the cleverest take:

Jack Conway’s campaign just sent out a blanket email earlier today announcing the $1.325 his apparatus has raised during this first quarter of fundraising season. Sure, the figure is notable for a couple of reasons (it’s apparently the largest amount raised by a candidate in Kentucky history; it triples the amount raised by his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, and more than doubles the amount collected by KY secretary of state/Republican cyborg Trey Grayson), but it’s a painfully obvious conclusion to draw when you consider two things.

Namely, the Commonwealth’s liberal blogosphere is virtually united behind the dashing AG, therefore securing his web supremacy for what will probably be a heated and ugly primary, conducted in true Kentucky fashion. (Fancy Farm will certainly host a hot one this year…)

It also doesn’t hurt Conway’s chances that Mongiardo is a baggage-laden ass clown whose participation in an increasingly disliked gubernatorial administration can only render futile any attempt the latter might undertake toward repackaging himself as something other than a baggage-laden ass clown. As PageOne hath noted, even Eastern Kentucky — Mongiardo’s hometurf — knows this: They gave Conway nearly $125,000. And these are people who can smell a carpetbagger from a mile off.

So what does it all mean? Nothing you didn’t already suspect, I guess, except that you’ll be seeing way more of Jack’s purdy mug on your digitally-transitioned TV sets than you will Lil’ Danny’s.

Media Czech has the breakdown:
Conway April-June Fundraising Facts:

  • Conway more than tripled Dan Mongiardo's first-quarter filing on March 30. In just 60 days, it appears Conway has more than doubled the cash-on-hand that Mongiardo is expected to have accumulated after six months.
  • More than $175,000 in on-line contributions.
  • Labor PAC support from the Teamsters and UFCW, reflecting Conway's endorsement from the "Change to Win" labor coalition.
  • 82% of contributions were from Kentucky. In a show of national viability for the top targeted seat in the country, Conway held major events in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
  • About 40 percent of contributions ($560,000) came from Conway's electoral and financial base of Jefferson County, which represents more than 20 percent of the vote in a Democratic primary.
  • More than $124,000 came from Eastern Kentucky, the home of Dan Mongiardo. With the support of House Speaker Greg Stumbo and a majority of the elected leadership in high turnout counties, Conway is well-positioned to compete and win in Eastern Kentucky.
  • Over $125,000 came from Northern Kentucky events, which is the backyard of Senator Jim Bunning and potential candidate Trey Grayson.

Read the whole thing.

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