Frankel raises $254,105 in first quarter, trailing rival Dem in congressional primaryby George Bennett | April 13th, 2011
Former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel raised $254,105 during her first few weeks as a Democratic congressional candidate, her campaign announced today.
That exceeds her stated goal of collecting at least $100,000 before March 31, but falls short of the approximately $320,000 that Democratic rival Patrick Murphy says he raised last month. Murphy also chipped in about $30,000 of his own money.
Frankel and Murphy have opened campaigns for the seat of U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation.
Read Frankel’s press release after the jump….
From the Lois Frankel campaign:
Frankel Quickly Raises over $250,000
EMILY’s List Announces They Will Target West
Today, the Lois Frankel campaign announced impressively strong fundraising numbers for the most recent quarterly campaign reporting period as well as the news that the respected national women’s campaign organization, EMILY’s List, will be targeting her opponent, Alan West. Taken together, Frankel’s strong fundraising and the interest in the race of the most prominent national group supporting female candidates, these are enormously positive signs for the Frankel campaign.
Frankel’s campaign more than doubled her fundraising goals, raising more than $250,000 in the closing two weeks of the quarter. The former mayor of West Palm Beach formally announced her run for the U.S. Congress in mid March. The Frankel campaign’s overall fundraising totals will report $254,105 raised.
“I believe in setting goals, and then working hard to exceed them. To more then double our fundraising goal is very exciting. To do it in such a short time is incredible,” said Frankel. “The energy, the enthusiasm, and the broad support are nothing short of amazing. Our fantastic grassroots support clearly shows that we are going to have all the resources we need to win this race.”
Focusing on her record of job growth and balanced budgets during her years as mayor, Frankel says the most important issues in the race are clear: “The top three issues are jobs, jobs, and more jobs. As mayor of West Palm I worked tirelessly to get things done for hard working families. I’m proud of my record of bringing new businesses and good paying jobs to the people I served. I look forward to doing the same thing in the U.S. Congress.”
To further bolster her strong start, EMILY’s List, a powerful national group that supports female candidates, has announced that they will target Tea Party favorite Representative Allen West, Frankel’s likely opponent in the 2012 election.
“We would welcome any support that Emily’s List might provide,” said Frankel. “The voters that I talk to are demanding action not talk. They, as are a growing number of South Floridians, sick and tired of the slash and burn politics of extreme Washington politicians like Allen West,” said Frankel.
Frankel is looking forward to the coming months on the campaign trail. “We are off to a great start,” she said, “We are going to work hard and stay focused on bringing jobs and economic opportunity to the hard working people of South Florida. That is what this election is all about.”
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