Clint Didier collected $220,000 in contributions to his Senate campaign in the past three months as he competed against two better-funded candidates, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and, last month, fellow Republican Dino Rossi.
Rossi and Murray each raised more than $1 million in the same period.
Since he entered the race, Didier has reported raising $570,000. His campaign had $103,000 in cash June 30.
Didier advisor Kathryn Serkes said Didier saw a surge of donations after Sarah Palin endorsed him, and is seeing the same, now that the campaign-finance reporting period is over, in the wake of his endorsement by Ron Paul.
Serkes said in her statement Didier received only two checks from political action committees, contrasting it with Rossi and Murray’s dependence on PAC money, which she compared to drug addiction:
Conventional wisdom holds that money is the mother’s milk of politics. But I’d say that special interest money is the crack cocaine. Once you start taking it, it’s really tough to stop. Always need your next fix, and colors everything you do if you get into office with it.