NHDP - Kuster Raises 90% of Funds From People, Bass Raises 90% from PACs

Kuster donations by real people outpace Bass more than 100 to 1     


CONCORD, NH - In her first quarter of fundraising, Ann McLane Kuster raised 91% of her funds from individuals, while longtime Washington Congressman Bass raised almost the exact same percentage - 88% - from powerful political action committees in his own first quarter of fundraising earlier this year. In fact, Bass' first quarter fundraising report lists just 24 real people, while Kuster has received contributions from over 2,500 grassroots supporters in her report this week.  


Kuster's huge win in grassroots support comes in addition to her overall fundraising win in the most recent fundraising quarter when she raised over $365k to Bass' $303k.

"While Annie Kuster is building widespread grassroots support from real citizens, Congressman Bass is instead relyling on powerful Washington PACs to prop-up his campaign - and even still, Annie is winning!" said Holly Shulman, communications director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Washington PACs like Bass' vote to end Medicare to make room for more corporate tax loopholes, but unfortunately for Bass, elections are decided by votes cast by actual Granite Staters."

It is no surprise that Bass' support comes almost exclusively from powerful Washington political action committees and that he receives so little support from voters. In the last few weeks Bass' questionable ethics have once again become a campaign issue. Roll Call reported that "new documents are reopening the same campaign controversy that nearly derailed his election last fall."  

Bass' recent poll numbers also continue to show that he is very vulnerable:
  • The WMUR Granite State Poll/UNH: "45 percent of those polled in the 2nd Congressional District have an unfavorable view of Bass, and only 29 percent approve." 
  • Public Policy Polling :  "The New Hampshire House seats could both very well go back in the Democratic direction next year and you wonder how many other first term members of Congress are facing similar numbers right now as the independents who fueled their election turn quickly against them."