FACE THE STATE
Tuesday marks the end of the 2nd quarter, and candidates for political office are scrambling to bring in last minute cash to pump up their July campaign finance reports. Among them is Tom Lucero, a CU Regent and one of two announced GOP contenders in the 4th congressional district. In an e-mail sent at 4:30 this afternoon, Lucero is getting aggressive with his fundraising, albeit a little late in the day.
The subject: “Help me raise $5,000 before midnight!”
That’s over $700 an hour in “contributions of $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford.”
In analyzing the race this April, we wrote: “[Betsy] Markey’s significant cash advantage, coupled with the prospect of more entrants to the GOP primary race, mean Lucero will have to be more aggressive in proving his fundraising prowess.” Big donors will have a keen eye fixed on Q2 fundraising reports, and Lucero’s camp could use the infusion of cash after starting the quarter with little on hand.
Since Lucero announced for the seat late last year, state Rep. Cory Gardner also threw his hat into the ring, and a campaign backing Fort Collins City Councilman Diggs Brown is raising funds in anticipation of his return from the Army. Fundraising performance through the rest of 2009 will be a significant factor in shaking out the field: Q2 numbers won’t in themselves determine any candidate’s viability, but they’re a powerful indicator of a campaign’s trajectory.
Raising $5,000 in 7 hours is no small feat. But if Lucero’s report shows him pulling it off, we’d like a peek at that e-mail list.
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