Our McClatchy Newspapers colleague Brad Shannon in Olympia reports that Barack Obama supporters hope to raise $100,000 in a one-day fundraising binge Sunday in Olympia.
Here’s an excerpt from his story:
That would more than double the $77,317 that Obama has raised from Olympia as of Sept. 2 — and dwarf the $39,401 that Republican nominee John McCain has collected locally.
The money raised Sunday would be used in swing states, such as Ohio, where Obama faces a tight race against McCain.
"We’re calling it ‘Thurston County is the Well,’" said Stewart Henderson, a blogger and delegate at the Democratic National Convention who is teaming up with other activists in Olympia. "Our resources aren’t needed so much here, but the resources are needed in the 18 swing states. … We’re the well that’s going to bring water to turn those red states blue."
Sunday’s Obama event is set for 4 to 8 p.m. at the Olympian Ballroom, upstairs at the former hotel. It is open to the public. It includes an art auction, and 50 to 100 people will organize food, music and an auction of local artwork at prices of up to $1,000. Donors are being recruited by e-mail and text message, and the group’s Web site said Tuesday. The group said Tuesday that it already had $7,360 from 34 early donors.
McCain’s forces, meanwhile, plan a $1,000-per-person fundraiser today in Hunts Point, near Bellevue. Former secretary of state Ralph Munro, a major McCain backer from Olympia, predicted that the candidate’s wife, Cindy, will bring in "several hundred thousand dollars" at the sold-out event.