The following was released today by the Press Corp of the Lou Barletta For Congress headquarters.
Dear Reporter Covering PA-11:
The Lou Barletta for Congress Second Quarter filling with the FEC will be done Thursday, July 15, at which time the final raised to date and cash on hand numbers will be public.
The numbers are not final yet, but we wanted to give you a few early highlights.
Lou Barletta for Congress has raised more than $500,000 since our kickoff in mid-December, and we are ahead of where we were in 2008 at this point.
The campaign has more than 10,000 individual donors. Lou has received contributions from almost every state in the union. These contributions are from American citizens who see there are serious problems in Washington, D.C., and want to help Lou Barletta bring much-needed fiscal responsibility and common sense to Congress.
And next Monday, Lou Barletta will host former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the campaign’s first major fundraiser.
Lou Barletta has said all along that if he raises $1 million, he will win this election. So far, we’re ahead of where we need to be in terms of that goal, so Lou is confident his campaign will have the resources we need to win.
We realize our opponent has and will continue to raise huge sums of money from Wall Street and Washington, D.C.; however, we feel great about our fundraising efforts, and we are on pace to surpass the 2008 numbers. We don’t expect to outspend our opponent, but we will have the funds needed to win this race.
“‘TV by itself won’t win a race for you. You don’t have to spend as much money as your opponent.’ A candidate must raise enough money ‘to get your message out.’” – Ed Mitchell, spokesman and media consultant for U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, Scranton Times, 25 May 08