CRAIG CAMPAIGN CONTINUES TO BUILD STRONG CAMPAIGN FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMILIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jean Weinberg
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Democratic Congressional Candidate Jim Craig
Announces Second Quarter FEC Filing and Growth of Campaign

(July 17, 2006 )– Jim Craig, Democratic candidate for Congress in New Hampshire's First District, announced today that he raised $261,914 with over 80% of donors from New Hampshire, since he first filed his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) just four months ago. The 2006 second quarter FEC financial disclosure report was due on July 15 which showed $194,427 cash on hand for the campaign and $104,155 raised in the second quarter.

“It is important to continue the work I’ve always done in the community,” Jim said. “I’m not going to change when running for office, and I’m not going to change when I go to Washington. I’m proud to build a campaign that puts New Hampshire families first by working with my neighbors, community leaders and everyday people here in my home state.”

Jim’s support comes from his deep roots in the community from his family and friends, colleagues and activists. As a past President of the Board of Serenity Place and former member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Manchester Mental Health Center, Jim has always worked hard to for the health and well-being of families, which is why he is honored to have the support of the NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals. Jim is also proud to receive support from working families and the organizations that represent them, such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Laborers International Union, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry.

Jim also announced that he opened his campaign headquarters in his hometown, Manchester, at 123 Hanover Street where his campaign staff and volunteers will work to make change in Washington by starting at home. Jim has already generated headlines by discussing the need for change in Washington and protecting families, seniors and veterans from the failed and devastating policies of George Bush and Jeb Bradley.

“George Bush and Jeb Bradley have failed our families every step of the way with a government run by the big and powerful special interests and their selfish policies that have caused skyrocketing health care costs, gasoline prices that are over $3.00 a gallon and involvement in a costly and devastating war in Iraq,” Jim said. “It’s time to sit down and get the job done, the New Hampshire way – just as I’ve done as Democratic Leader with Governor Lynch in Concord.”

Jim Craig, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District, is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and his roots in the Granite State stretch for five generations. As a veteran of the US Army, he worked for his law degree with the help from the GI Bill and joined his family's law practice. For over 20 years, he has promoted the health and well-being of families by serving on non-profit community boards. He was elected to the New Hampshire State House in 1998 and now serves as Democratic Leader. While in Concord, he worked tirelessly to create bipartisan, practical solutions for the state. As leader, he created a labor caucus that addresses working families' concerns.