Tuesday, July 01, 2003
Governor Dean Raises $7.5 million in Second Quarter http://dean2004.blogspot.com/politics/2003_06_29_deanarchive.html#105708694760973512
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JULY 1, 2003
Governor Dean Raises $7.5 million in Second Quarter Small donations to Dean campaign lead to big numbers
BURLINGTON—In the second quarter ending yesterday, 59,000 Americans donated an average of $112 to help boost Governor Howard Dean to the top of the second quarter fundraisers with a total of $7.5 million raised.
Unlike the small, exclusive multi-million dollar fundraisers held in major cities by President Bush over the last week, the Dean campaign saw its numbers surge based on small donations over the Internet—with nearly $3 million raised online in the last week alone. In the second quarter, 45,030 people donated online a total of 51,474 times. The average donation online was $74.14.
“When we said last week during the governor’s announcement that ‘You have the power,’ we had no idea just how much power our supporters had,” said Campaign Manager Joe Trippi. “They are people participating directly in their democracy, and doing whatever they can to help us take our country back—giving $20, $30, or $50. This is People-Powered Howard.”
Second quarter fundraising by the numbers:
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