Tuesday, July 15, 2008

AG Fundraising - Brownlee Impresses

The Republican candidates for Attorney General have announced their fundraising totals for the first quarter of the campaign. Senator Ken Cuccinelli comes in with $125,000. John Brownlee will report over $100,000. But, Brownlee raised that money in HALF the time since he announced mid way through the reporting period. These fundraising totals indicate to me that we have a real race on our hands and Cuccinelli is not the presumptive nominee.

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Brownlee's Latest Campaign Update


The Brownlee Report
A Grassroots Update from Virginia's Conservative Prosecutor

Dear Republican Friends: I hope this campaign update finds all of you doing well. As we enter the heat of the summer, I thought I would write to you and provide a campaign update. Lee Ann, the girls, and I have had a wonderful seven weeks traveling across the Commonwealth. We are humbled that so many Virginians have joined our campaign and grateful for the warm receptions and kind hospitality.

As many of you know, I served as President Bush's United States Attorney for the last seven years. During that time, I, and the brave men and women of Virginia's law enforcement community, worked hard to make our Commonwealth a better and safer place to live. I worked with Attorney General Bob McDonnell to rid our neighborhoods of gangs, drug dealers, and child predators.

As Attorney General, I am committed enhancing public safety, lowering taxes on Virginia's families and businesses, reforming the civil justice system, and protecting traditional values and our most vulnerable citizens.

My last day as U.S. Attorney was Friday, May 16, 2008. I was taught by my parents that you should treat the last day on the job the same as your first. So, on my last day as U.S. Attorney, I argued an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond. The case concerned a man who had killed his wife, received a sentence, and appealed his conviction and sentence. I argued the case at 9:30 am, drove home to Roanoke, attended my farewell dinner at The Hotel Roanoke, and then drove to Fairfax. My final term as U.S. Attorney expired at midnight, and my campaign for Attorney General began one second later.

Since May 17th, I driven over 5500 miles and participated in over 50 campaign events across the Commonwealth. (My trusty 2000 Chevy Blazer has over 174,000 miles, and counting!) I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful people from nearly every part of Virginia, including Wise County, Bristol, Wythe County, Montgomery County, Rockingham County, Botetourt County, Augusta County, Staunton, Danville, Tazewell County, Grundy, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Alexandria, Springfield, Arlington, Clifton, Chesterfield County, Richmond, New Kent County and Martinsville. I hope to travel to many more places in the next several months. My goal is speak with every possible Republican delegate and tell them about my Justice for All program and how I will make Virginia a better and safer place to live.

We also have worked hard on our fundraising efforts. In our first 40 days, we raised over $100,000. Our Campaign is gathering support and gaining momentum as we begin our third month on the campaign trail. I look forward to meeting all of you over the next several months, and I hope you will join our campaign. We are committed to building a better and safer Commonwealth, and, with your help and God's blessings, we will make the Commonwealth strong and vibrant for the next generation of Virginians.


Sincerely,
John

P.S. - Please join my campaign for Attorney General today by visiting the links above or by visiting JohnBrownlee2009.com

3 comments:

Salem Republicans said...

Zak

Have you guys seen the actual reports yet? I haven't been able to get my hands on them. Hard to judge much without putting the numbers in context but the baseline numbers seem like very good news for Brownlee. Don't know that he can be called the frontrunner yet but anyone who assumes Cuccinelli is the nominee is making a mistake.

http://roanokevalleyrepublicans.blogspot.com/2008/07/is-brownlee-attorney-general_15.html

Zak Moore said...

I haven't seen the actuals. Just looking at the what the campaigns are reporting to the press. I agree--I wouldn't call Brownlee the front runner. But this race is far from over.

Salem Republicans said...

Zak

Now that I've seen the actual reports, looks to me like Brownlee "wins" this round. Considering Cuccinelli's money included over $40k from his Senate account, his number has to be considered incredibly disappointing.

http://roanokevalleyrepublicans.blogspot.com/2008/07/brownlee-wins-initial-fundraising.html