Cilley Campaign Shows Momentum
Campaign cites community-based fundraising strategy with 98% of contributors living in New Hampshire and 75% of donors contributing less than $100
Concord – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley submitted her first financial PAC reports with the Secretary of State this afternoon in Concord. With her community-based campaign built on a base of small local donors, Jackie's campaign has brought in $175,000 with 98% of her supporters living in New Hampshire and 75% contributing under $100.
“In the past month our campaign roared,” said Cilley. “In the first few weeks of June we brought in about 250 new donors, along with a whole host of new offers for house parties and fundraising events. With our growing list of endorsements we are adding support from New Hampshire workers and residents.”
“SEA, SEIU local 1984 endorsement with that of IBEW 2320 and IBEW 490 and the NH Association of Letter Carriers, combined with those who have already made commitments to us, we have some 13,000 New Hampshire families behind this campaign. These are folks who live and work here, are offering to step up. They are willing to contribute, to work to reach out to friends, family and neighbors. I’m feeling very enthusiastic and positive about the momentum we have and I am confident in our ability to win in November.”
Since the beginning of June, voters have had the opportunity to see the candidates up close--at the WMUR debate, the State Democratic Convention, on local radio and TV shows and at numerous events and house parties – and since then, Jackie has consistently been tied for the lead in both general and primary elections. Three polls in the two months have demonstrated this, first Dartmouth (pdf.) then UNH's Survey Center (pdf. again) and PPP.
In the last month the campaign seen a dramatic increase in contributions and in community-based support. Jackie's group of repeat donors and New Hampshire-based contributors gives the campaign a fundraising base to which they can turn throughout both the primary and general campaigns, as the Obama campaign famously did in 2008.
"I want to thank those who have volunteered or donated for making this a people-powered campaign possible. We knew this will be a long, tough fight,” noted Cilley. “If money were all it took to win this race, Craig Benson would have served a second term and Carol Shea Porter would never have been our Congresswoman for four years. This campaign has the heart and the passion along with the grassroots power to take on the Tea Party and put NH o n a course that will guarantee that we build a NH economy that is meant to last.”
ABOUT JACKIE: Jackie Cilley, who served in both New Hampshire's House and Senate representing Barrington, built a successful business and taught more than 2500 New Hampshire students over her 20 years as a highly respected business professor with UNH's Whittemore School for Business and Economics. A Berlin native, Sen. Cilley earned a BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the Whittemore School. Jackie and her husband Bruce have lived in Barrington for more than 20 years. They have five sons, 12 grandchildren, and two dogs.