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Received this e-mail today from State Senator Daylin Leach (D. PA-13), Pennsylvania's Liberal Lion, who is running in a crowded primary to succeed Allyson Schwartz (D. PA-13) as she makes her bid for Governor:
I wanted to make sure you saw the story in today's Philadelphia Inquirer about how our campaign is the top fundraiser (there is an exerpt below, and you can click here to read the whole story):

We were able to out-raise all of our opponents, but more importantly, we had nearly 1,000 grassroots donors just like you invest in our campaign. And we know that the grassroots will be the deciding factor in this election.

This early indicator of the race shows that a message of equal treatment for women, equal rights for our LGBT brothers and sisters, a stronger middle class, and a core set of progressive principals can and will play a huge part who wins next year.

This is just the beginning. If you'd like to help us keep the momentum going, please click here to make a contribution:

Leach leads race for campaign cash in 13th

State Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County raised the most money in the second quarter among the four Democrats fighting to represent Pennsylvania's 13th District in the U.S. House.

Leach pulled in $357,590 between March 1 and June 30, according to the latest federal campaign finance reports. After expenses, his campaign fund had $277,263 on hand.

The 2014 Democratic primary is 10 months away, and the winner is considered a sure bet in the 13th, which covers Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia and is dominated by Democratic voters.

The incumbent Democrat, U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, is running for governor.

Leach advisers took heart that his cash came from 942 individual donors, 61 percent of whom gave less than $200. They contend that they are building a broad base of people who can donate again and again without bumping up against the legal limits of $2,600 for an individual and $5,200 for a couple.

"These numbers are astounding and incredibly validating," said Leach, adding that he was basing his campaign on a "core set of progressive principals." He is a liberal voice in Harrisburg and a supporter of legalizing marijuana and gay marriage.

This is big news because Leach is in a crowded primary with State Senator Brendan Boyle, an up-and-coming star in Philly politics as well as former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies, health care activist Valerie Arkoosh and State Senator Mark Cohen.  Leach is a strong progressive who has long been an opponent of tracking and an advocate of marijuana legalization and  marriage equality.  He's Pennsylvania's Alan Grayson.  You can click here if you want to get involved with Leach's campaign:

Originally posted to pdc on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 01:41 PM PDT.

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