The wealthy Weyerhaeuser scion has loaned his campaign another $500,000, his campaign confirmed.
Driscoll originally said the rest of his campaign after $500,000 in personal seed money would be funded by individual donations. But his campaign consultant, Alex Hays, said today the loan was essential to keep up with rival and Democrat Derek Kilmer and ensure the national Republican Party and political committees take the campaign seriously.
Driscoll raised more than $1.5 million through September, Hays said. Around two-thirds is his own money.
He’s spending the money on TV and mail ads.
Official finance reports for both candidates are due Monday.
UPDATE: Kilmer’s campaign manager said in a statement:
“There are 253 millionaires in Congress,” said Chris Gregorich, Derek Kilmer’s campaign manager, in response to Driscoll’s admission. “Bill Driscoll wants to use the wealth he inherited to become number 254. It says something about a politician when the first promise he makes in his campaign he breaks.”