Thursday, April 17, 2008

Trauner raising money, making waves

The Trauner for Congress Campaign released its first quarter 2008 fund-raising numbers on Tuesday and they look pretty good.

Trauner reported raising $256,426 with cash on hand of $550,502. Of the money raised this quarter, 98 percent of the contributions came from individuals with more than 350 Wyoming donors.

"I am very grateful and proud of our fundraising efforts. People across our state are showing they believe the time is now for a new direction," Trauner said. The money raised this quarter brings total donations for this campaign cycle to $623,614 with over 500 Wyoming donors to date. The campaign set a goal of 500 Wyoming donors by March 31st and exceeded it.

As you may recall, Trauner, a businessman and Democrat from Wilson, came within 1/2 of 1 percent of beating six-term incumbent Barbara Cubin in 2006. Cubin's had enough and now is retiring. Trauner says he will continue where he left off, knocking on as many doors across the state as he can. He's a tireless campaigner and a great candidate. His Republican competitors have been a little slow keeping up in the fund-raising department.

Records from the Federal Election Commission reported in the Casper Star-Tribune showed that former State Treasurer Cynthia Lummis of Cheyenne had a first-quarter fund-raising total of $168,000, $67,000 of it her own money.

Mark Gordon, a rancher and businessman from Buffalo, contributed $297,000 of his own money to a first-quarter total that topped $410,000. Gordon apparently has spent most of his money on TV commercials that dwell on illegal immigration, a non-issue to Democrats but the favorite paranoid delusion of the Rapture Right.

These Republicans like to put their money where their mouths are. I guess that’s a good thing, if you have extra in the bank, but it’s not always wise – look what happened to poor Mitt Romney.

Republican Bill Winney of Sublette County raised $5,650 this quarter, and state Rep. Dan Zwonitzer of Cheyenne, generated $9,275.

No word from the Repubs how many of their donations come from individual donors in Wyoming.

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