Saturday, April 08, 2006

Rell Raises $900K in First Quarter

The first of the first quarter numbers are trickling in... we should know a lot more about where everyone stands on Monday. In the meantime, Gov. Rell slightly outdid herself by raising about $900,000 this quarter.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell's campaign has amassed more than $1.4 million in cash, her campaign manager told the Associated Press Saturday.

Rell, a Republican, raised a little more than $900,000 last quarter between cash, in-kind services, and interest from accounts, according to campaign manager Kevin Deneen. Rell raised $873,000 the previous quarter.
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Rell is not accepting contributions from lobbyists, state contractors, or political action committees. She received donations from more than 2,300 individuals. More than 46 percent contributed $100 or less.(Haigh)
On the one hand, this is good for the governor. Rell's fundraising is steady despite a few ethical problems, most notably the Moody scandal. She is also significantly outraising her Democratic opponents, although she doesn't have nearly as much cash on hand as they do yet.

On the other hand, her numbers aren't going up very much, and she actually had a slightly longer period of time to raise money (she announced in mid-October, part way into the last quarter of 2005). In short, this is a good number for the Rell campaign, but not a great one.

Source

Haigh, Susan. "Rell Raises More Than $900,000 In Most Recent Quarter." Associated Press 8 April, 2006.

31 comments:

route 34 said...

I think $900,000 is actually pretty low for her first full quarter of fundraising. Rowland raised around $6 million per campaign, and it looks like she won't be anywhere near that. I might be just trying to find a chink in her armor, but if a dem can buy as much TV as her in the fall, it could be closer than people think. I think Curry only raised about $1.5 million for his entire campaign. i know people on this blog tend to bash Malloy and DeStefano, saying that they are disappointed that this is all the party can muster, but both of them will be at or around $3 million, and that is impressive no matter how you look at it. I'm curious to see where they will be this quarter, but I would guess they will be around where they were last quarter. DeStefano between 250-300, and Malloy between 450-500.

CTObserver said...

Actually, it's the other way around. Accorcding to AP, Rell now has over $1.4M in cash. JDS had around 1.8M in cash, but only added $5k last quarter. DM had around 1.2, but added only 151K last quarter. If they do the same numbers (including spending) as last quarter, Rell will pass DM in cash, and close on JDS.

You can't buy media with money you spent last year.

route 34 said...

With 7 months to go, both candidates will have as much cash on hand as Curry raised for his whole campaign. How much could he have spent on advertising, $750k? Probably not even that much. Malloy and DeStefano will be able to by at least twice as much ad space as Curry did, and Rell won't come close to the 6 million that Rowland had.

DeanFan84 said...

Does anyone know which vote will come first at the Dem State Convention?

If Lamont/Lieberman comes first, I predict Lamont wins both New Haven, and Stamford!

The Lamont delegates don't really care about who faces off against Rell. Iraq is their big concern. As such, Malloy has already started to move towards Lamont. Watching his volunteers run around with both Malloy and Lamont stickers on is hilarious! Don't they know Malloy and Lieberman are in bed together? (Consultant Roy Ochiogrosso is working for both campaigns, they are sharing donor lists, and most of Malloy's key staffers are Lieberman people.)

It will be interesting to see if John DeStefano sheds his Machine Dem image by letting his people vote their consciences against Lieberman. If not, expect a back-lash.

Finally, there is more and more talk about Joe bolting the Party. Will someone please get him on record? Why hasn't Lieberman ruled out an Independent run, particularly when we know how devastating such an event would be to down-ticket Dems?

CTObserver said...
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CTObserver said...

Something to contemplate ... Both DeStefano's and Molloy's favorability is lower than Tom Delay's. Pretty amazing.

Aldon Hynes said...

ctobserver: Something to contemplate: DeStefano's favorability is 50% greater than his unfavorability. Malloy's favorability is equal to his unfavorability. The link you provided for Delay is broken, so I went and searched around and most of the data I found for Delay's ratings were fairly old, but even with that, his favorability was only half of his unfavorability.

The real point is that both Malloy and DeStefano aren't high in name recognition. Delay is high in name recognition and it hurts him.

As an aside, I suspect that if Quinnipiac did a poll on your favorability ratings we would find that it is much less than Malloy, DeStefano or Delay because your name (I suspect) hasn't been in the news as much as any of them.

CTObserver said...

That's certainly true. But I haven't been running for Governor for two years. I don't know why the Rasmussen Report isn't working. I'll have to check it out.

Joe Leiberman said...

She didnt raise nearly as much as i did

Joe Leiberman said...

in my prime i raised much more money

Joe Leiberman said...

I challenge the leftists in this blog to a debate...

disgruntled_republican said...

Deanfan -

If you refer bck to my post about NH, I told you I have been there many times and agree it is a nice city.

As for the convention, all I can tell you is at the Republican Convention, which I am a delegate to, traditionally the governor is the last vote of the convention. Again, this is the Republican convention...who ever chair's the convention has the right to set the agenda however he or she see fit. Not much help I know but no one said anything so i thought I would chime in.

Red State. Blue Balls said...

Governor is always the last vote.

route 34 said...
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route 34 said...

People keep saying that both candidates have been "running for 2 years." Anyone that brings up that point is very ignorant to how campaigns work, and how candidates should spend their money. Would it have been smart for Malloy to start spending his warchest on advertising last summer? No. Would it have been a good use of DeStefano's money to spend money on field in january? No. 95% of voters could give 2 shits about the gubernatorial election. The only reason either candidate started running 2 years ago was to get a headstart on fundraising on a sitting, republican, governor. Both have succeeded at doing that. Neither has spent 10 cents on name recognition, so polls like that don't mean anything.

CTObserver said...

RTE 34, I totally agree with you. That's exactly my point. Pointing to the gross numbers (i.e., how much raised) is meaningless. The race is from here to November. The questions are really, what do you have on hand? How much more can you raise?

For the life of me, I can't figure out where JDS (or DM) has spent $1M, and what he got for it. He's raised $3M, but has less than $2M in the bank.

electionwin2006 said...

If the Senate contest goes three way, watch out for Schlesinger with Rell coattails. This is the sleeper 1970 repeat that may blindside the pundits. Incidentally, even with Strietz' attempt at packing the Middletown straw poll with his anti-immigration followers, Schlesinger still carried by nearly a 2:1 margin.

onceupona time said...

GC: Registration has not gotten rid of the trolls.

joe lieberman said...

dear bluecoat... political humor isnt trolling.... get the stick out of your rectum.

DeanFan84 said...

BREAKING NEWS:
Joe Lieberman says he will no longer answer to CT Dems, and that he will be on the ballot in November one way or another!

No kidding. This really happened. Joe finally came out in public today, and at the Windsor Town Hall, he was asked if he would rule out an Independent run. Joe said that he wanted everyone to have the chance to vote for him in November, and that no, he wouldn't rule anything out.

In Newington Lieberman went even further, on TV, to a Fox61 field reporter. This is big, big, big and expect it to be in the news tonight, and in tomorrow's papers.

The ironic thing was that in Joe's speechifying before the Q & A period, he went on and on about how he was a "good Democrat" and that it was wrong for people to attack him for being otherwise. Good Grief!

Patricia Rice said...

Is it too hard to understand? lieberman wins with or without radical Democrats. He can runs as an Independent and easily win.

DeanFan84 said...

Patricia--

We are in a two Party system. Joe has just thumbed his nose at what he says is his Party.

This is a huge no-no. Loyalty cuts both ways. Dem Senate Leader Harry Reid said it best, “I’ve spoken to Joe Lieberman and he knows he’s out there alone. I mean, literally alone. Joe is a fine man, he has strong feelings, but he’s just alone. Even Republicans don’t agree with Joe.”

Let's see how tough he is when he doesn't have a Party behind him. It doesn't help when Joe is so wrong on the biggest issue of 2006.

And Patricia, it's not radical to be against the war. The anti-Bush, anti-Iraq sentiment runs across the full political spectrum. Are you for pre-emptive war? Do you think we should apply our Iraq policy to Iran? (which is a bigger threat than Saddam ever was.)

truth squad said...

dean fan, let's tell the truth now. joe didnt say he would run as an independant. he just didnt rule it out. he was very clear to say that he was running as a dem in the dem primary, if he wanted to run as an independant, he could have. but he didnt, he is actively working towards securing the DEMOCRATIC nomination and by the reaction of the majority of the democrats today he will get it. however, it is disturbing that you have been recorded saying you would not vote for joe if he was the dem nomineee.....

CTObserver said...

WOW! Just saw the Fox 61 story. Joe looks like a scared rabbit.

therightleftist1 said...

i just saw ned lamont on al terzi's show. the guy is a fantastic candidate. he will EASILY coast to victory for the democrat nomination. i also think, though, that if joementum decides to run as an independent that HE will easily coast to victory in the general.

MikeCT said...

Here's the Fox 61 video on the Lieberman story.

You can also watch Lamont's Face the State interview, which was broadcast today.

truth squad said...

thanks mikect. quick work as always. hope you also provide links to joe's climate control conference tommorow as well.

Chris MC said...

Here's what MikeCT's clip shows:
Lieberman:
"If I wanted to run as an independent I'd do it today! I'm a Democrat, I want to run as a Democrat!"
Reporter:
"[unintelligible] ... as a last resort?"
Lieberman:
"Well, call it what you will. I don't think we're going to get to that point."

So, the reporter is asking the tough question, Lieberman is ruling nothing out. That's business as usual. Can't agree that Lieberman looked anything like concerned, nevermind "a frightened rabbit".

If Lieberman runs in a Democratic primary would he even be able to get his name on the ballot on the third line? Previous threads on this subject led to the conclusion he could not, unless he simultaneously was running in the primary and getting on the third line...

Patricia Rice said...

Wacky Democrats will hand Joe Lieberman right over to the Republican party so that they can have a U.S. Senate seat. I bet Republicans are excited!

DeanFan84 said...

Joe has no real commitment to the Democratic Party, that's what he said today.

And, frankly, if you Republicans want him, he's all yours. We're not desperate.

And Chris MC--
UNBELIEVABLE AS IT IS, THERE MIGHT NOT BE A DEM SENATE PRIMARY. Joe can opt out at will, (up until like two weeks beforehand). Nothing binds him.

So basically, if Lamont is anywhere close in Joe's internal polling, Lieberman retreats to November.

This is part of a bully strategy to get Dems with credibility to do Joe's work for him.

DeanFan84 said...

P.S. It isn't conceivable that a deal could be struck between Rell, Shays, Johnson and Joe.

Lieberman will embrace them against the "insane" left. And in turn the CT GOP won't field a credible candidate!