I just received an email from Brian Kemp with the subject line of “Grassroots Wins!”
I write you today as Georgia’s new Secretary of State to simply say thank you.
THANK YOU for being a part of the most impressive grassroots organization for a down ballot campaign in Georgia. THANK YOU for contributing to our amazing fundraising success. And THANK YOU for the opportunity to serve you in this vital office.
Over the last six months I have traveled thousands of miles and spent countless nights away from home building up our grassroots organization. Today, I am proud to share with you how our hard work has paid off.
I gather Kemp’s consultants told him he won his postion because of his grassroots and get out the vote effort. And when the universe of grassroots needed to turn out the vote is one person, I guess they’re technically correct.
Meanwhile, Doug MacGinnitie has a press release of his own. In it, he details that he has outraised Kemp during the fundraising period ending 12/31/09.
“I am humbled by the tremendous support we’ve received from across the state,” said MacGinnitie. “After less than a year of campaigning, we raised more money than a two-term state senator who has already run a statewide campaign. This is a great sign of our campaign’s growing momentum.”
MacGinnitie raised over $120,000, while Kemp raised just $106,000. In addition, Kemp actually spent more money than he raised during the final six months of the off year, spending $119,000. MacGinnitie spent nearly $50,000 less in the same period.
When MacGinnitie’s loan is factored in, he currently has a nearly three-to-one cash on hand advantage ($704,000 to $243,000).
“In addition to his strong financial report, MacGinnitie has won 7 out of 8 of the last major GOP grassroots straw polls held across the state.”
So, MacGinnitie has raised more money from individual donors, and won the vast majority of contested straw polls at GOP grassroots events. But the Grassroots win because Kemp was appointed by a committee of one.
I hope the grassroots know how much they’re understood and appreciated by some people.