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Good news out of Wyoming today for Blue Majority candidate and Daily Kos favorite Gary Trauner, who leads the two Republican front-runners for the open Wyoming House seat in cash-on-hand.

Lummis posted more than $168,400 in contributions for the quarter, including about $67,000 she contributed to her own campaign.

Gordon reported about $411,000 in contributions, about $300,000 of which came from his own pocket. Of that total, he has more than $86,000 remaining after beginning a series of TV ads....

Democrat Gary Trauner raised more than $250,000 in the last three months and now has about $550,500 for his campaign for U.S. House, dwarfing the totals posted by his Republican rivals.

That's an interesting approach to padding one's FEC report--a loan to  pumping in $300,000! Lummis isn't much better, with her $67K loan contribtion to herself. Not only does Gary lead in cash on hand, he did it without a humongous personal loan. The majority of his funding for the quarter, nearly $190K, came from individual donors (like us).

More people powered politics working for a better Democrat. Given that Wyoming is a pretty inexpensive media market, and that Gary practices a great, knock on every door and talk to every community paper and radio station, kind of retail campaign, he's in a very good position for November no matter which candidate emerges from the Republican primary.

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Update: I was incorrect in calling the money Gordon and Lummis put into the campaigns as loans. They were contributions.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 08:25 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  We are a peaceful republic after all.... (2+ / 0-)
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    TerribleTom, WSComn

    Change will come as suddenly as it can...shock & awe, anyone?

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -Mohandas Gandhi

    by ezdidit on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 08:28:38 AM PDT

  •  But are these loans? (1+ / 0-)
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    TerribleTom

    They call these contributions.  Win or lose, they don't get the $$ back somehow, do they?  When I contribute, and my candidate loses, I don't expect a refund.
    I guess I'm just hoping the rethugs will double their loses, by losing both their money and the election, LOL!

  •  I remember giving to this guy last cycle thinking (5+ / 0-)

    that I was pissing away cash on a really nice guy who I'd like to see in the house. Never thought he had a chance in hell of contending, but I wanted to at least let him make a real showing of things. It's odd, in an awesome way, to see how well he's done and how the world has shifted. Here's hoping the cash gives him enough to win this state back to our side.

    Grunge is still in... right?

    by Windowdog on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 08:31:42 AM PDT

    •  I was pretty skeptical (5+ / 0-)

      until I spent an afternoon canvassing with him in Cheyenne. The reaction to him was incredible--everyone knew who he was and everyone wanted to talk to him. A handful had already voted for him absentee.

      He had the advantage then of running against the really despised Barbara Cubin. But now he has the advantage of even greater name recognition, and more money. They've done one poll in Wyoming, back in January or February, and at that point he was even with Lummis, the leading R. The disadvantage is that whoever his opponent will be isn't going to have the baggage of Cubin.

      But as close as he came in '06, I'm certainly not going to rule him out this cycle.

      Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. -- Ben Franklin

      by Joan McCarter on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 08:43:32 AM PDT

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    •  Donations to Trauner (0+ / 0-)

      You know who else gave money to Trauner in 2006?  Mark Gordon.

      This is causing some consternation among Wyoming republicans.  Gordon also gave money to John Kerrey and the DNC in 2006.  He is now giving money to the RNC and NRCC(and his own campaign), but needless to say his past contributions raise some eyebrows.

      Oh. Gordon also gave $1000 to the Sierra Club (in 1998).  I don't know that he is a typical Wyoming republican.  Which could cause him some problems in his primary.

      •  It's what makes him scary (1+ / 0-)
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        Whittless

        He's a strong conservationist, and that has some appeal. He's just another Republican on taxes. Doesn't want to "cut and run." But Wyoming Republicans are not socially conservative--they're not "typical Republicans" which is one reason they keep electing Democratic governors. It's a crazy state, politically.

        Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. -- Ben Franklin

        by Joan McCarter on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 09:14:09 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  speaking of funding you'll love this (0+ / 0-)
    •  kittycago, the link did not work for me. n/t (0+ / 0-)

      Always hold firmly to the thought that each one of us can do something to bring some portion of misery to an end. Author Unknown

      by Amber6541 on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 08:36:05 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, that's exactly what I thought would happen: (0+ / 0-)

      Rep. Steve Chabot (Ohio), senior Republican on Small Business, has shared none of his funds, either. He did, however, hold a fundraiser for the committee last year.  Chabot is facing a tough reelection race.

      Those facing tough elections (which is roughly most of the Republicans this year) won't--no, can't--contribute to the NRCC, because they know, or at least worry, they'll need it for their own campaigns.

      Meanwhile,

      The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) had almost $33 million more in cash on hand than the House Republican fundraising committee.

      It's a great year in the making for Democrats.

      ~Doc~

      -7.88 -8,77 Just a wine sipping, brie eating, $6 coffee drinking, Prius driving, over educated, liberal, white, activist, male New Englander for Barack Obama.

      by EquationDoc on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 09:42:59 AM PDT

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  •  Over half a million! Go Gary!! (2+ / 0-)
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    TerribleTom, martydd

    Wow, that's excellent news!  

    "I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth." - Molly Ivins

    by littlesky on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 08:47:07 AM PDT

  •  I love Gary Trauner (1+ / 0-)
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    TerribleTom

    I had several substantive discussions with him on the patio at NN07. Last summer, he was very ambivalent about even running again given the flavor of his state.

    It would be incredible if he succeeded - talk about inspirational.  

    Thanks for the update.  

    Dogs have so many friends because they wag their tails instead of their tongues. -Anonymous

    by gloryous1 on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 08:51:44 AM PDT

  •  Goes to show what fiscal morons republicans are (0+ / 0-)

    paying 300K for a chance at a two year job that pays 165K a year.

    just because I call you to task for shitting on Democrat y, does not mean I support y, or x or z. It only means you are an asshole.

    by ETinKC on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 08:54:45 AM PDT

  •  just want to point something out (0+ / 0-)

    For the whole cycle, $174,300 of his $638,452 has come from PACs. He's better than his opponents, but I still don't like to see PAC money.

    I don't mean to take away from the fact that he's got $463,588 from individual donors. That's pretty special.

  •  Contributions to your own campaign are... (0+ / 0-)

    what you do when you have already swallowed the bitter pill and accepted that you have absolutely no chance in hell of raising enough money to pay yourself back if you were to loan the money to yourself instead.

    That is, even the candidates themselves know that their only chance of winning is to buy the election.

    Yessireebob, this is a terrible year to be a Republican trying to buy an election running for office.

    ~Doc~

    -7.88 -8,77 Just a wine sipping, brie eating, $6 coffee drinking, Prius driving, over educated, liberal, white, activist, male New Englander for Barack Obama.

    by EquationDoc on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 09:34:10 AM PDT

  •  I just kinda wish (0+ / 0-)

    that personal contributions were limited the same way that they are for giving to someone else.  Don't know the limits for congressional campaigns, but that would mean, for example, a presidential candidate would be limited to $2300 for the primary and the same for the general.  It would get rid of things like Hilary and Mitt floating their own campaigns.

  •  mcjoan, keep an eye on Jim Risch, too (0+ / 0-)

    It looks like he pumped $380K into his Senate race here in ID last month. Senate Guru had a good piece on it yesterday, and LaRocco also pounced with a feisty email appeal.

    http://www.senateguru.com/...

    ... we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests - Barack Obama

    by Red State Rebel on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:25:37 AM PDT

  •  P.S. Go Gary!! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    ... we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests - Barack Obama

    by Red State Rebel on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:26:17 AM PDT

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