Dino Rossi put out a news release today saying supporters gave him $600,000 in the first week after announcing he would run against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.
That far outpaces the early fundraising of Rossi’s Republican rivals, but he will have to have many more weeks like that to catch up to Murray’s head start.
A spokeswoman for Murray’s campaign said today the Democrat has raised roughly $10.5 million, and has $6.3 million in cash on hand. That would mean she raised about $500,000 in April and May.
If Rossi has more than that in a single week, it’s significant, especially since it came, as he points out, “without an office, phones, or staff.” Nearly a third of it came from online donations.
“It happened because the people of our great state share my concerns,” he said. But we’ll see whether he can come anywhere close to duplicating that effort as the campaign goes on. More likely, it’s something of a one-time jump-start from donors who had waited for months to see if he would enter the race.
I’ve got calls in to some of the other Republicans in the race about their latest fundraising. As of March, Clint Didier led the pack with $350,000. (One of the hopefuls, Vancouver state Sen. Don Benton, is due to make an announcement about his campaign at 5 p.m. Is he dropping out of the race? Stay tuned.)