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BREAKING: Tom Perriello Raised $2.2 Million in 1Q17, Has Spent $500k, Has $1.7 Million Cash on Hand


Just coming in from Tom Perriello’s communications director Ian Sams…compare to Ralph Northam’s 1Q17 fundraising numbers here. Also, see Tom Perriello’s press release below.

Tom Perriello Outraises Ralph Northam and Ed Gillespie in First Quarter, Bringing in $2.2 Million
With Nearly $2 Million On Hand, Perriello Campaign Showing Financial Stewardship, Spending Far Less Than Northam Campaign, While Gaining All Momentum in Race
Perriello Raising Twice as Much as Northam Per Campaign Day, with 86 Percent of Contributions Less Than $100
More Than 50 Previous Northam Contributors Have Now Thrown Support to Perriello’s Campaign
Today, Tom Perriello’s Democratic campaign for governor announced that it had outraised both Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Republican frontrunner Ed Gillespie in the first quarter of 2017, despite both Northam and Gillespie’s significant head starts in building campaigns. Tom brought in more than $2.2 million as of the March 31 reporting deadline and has more than $1.7 million on hand. 86 percent of Tom’s contributions were under $100, and 56 previous Northam contributors have now thrown their support to Perriello. Tom is also raising twice as much as Northam per campaign day; Northam has raised about $13,000 per campaign day since launching in November 2015, while Tom has raised about $26,000 a day since his January 5 launch. This showcases how Tom is outpacing his opponents by running a lean, efficient campaign that costs less, while connecting directly with voters and gaining all the momentum in the race. 
Tom launched his campaign for governor on January 5, with no baseline PAC support, unlike his primary opponent. As a State Department official, Tom was prohibited from political activities such as fundraising since February 2014 under the Hatch Act. Tom’s campaign has only spent about $500,000, while the Northam campaign has spent more than $2 million. Tom has also pledged not to take campaign contributions from Virginia’s publicly-regulated utilities, including Dominion, which has given Northam’s campaigns and PAC more than $100,000.
Tom’s ability to outraise Gillespie in the first quarter shows his strong standing for the general election. By outpacing Gillespie, Tom has shown he will have the resources to defeat Gillespie in November and lead the Democratic Party to victory against the corporate sellout who spent his career pushing the disastrous trickle-down agenda of George W. Bush. 
“We have laid the foundation for a winning primary and general election campaign,” said Julia Barnes, Perriello’s campaign manager. “We have been committed since day one to doing more with less money, and we’re seeing the fruits of that pay off. Despite spending far less than our primary opponent, Tom is surging in this race because of his commitment to an energetic, accessible campaign that reaches Virginians directly. As we head into the home stretch of this primary, Virginians from across the Commonwealth are uniting behind Tom’s bold, progressive campaign to unite the Democratic Party.”
Since the launch only 98 days ago, Tom’s campaign has seen steady momentum, garnering support across the Commonwealth and traveling more than 14,000 miles to more than 47 counties and independent cities.
Tom has also been committed to running a low-cost campaign, using resources wisely and implementing an accessible, next-generation campaign using social media. Tom has Facebook Lived dozens of events, reaching thousands of Virginians at no cost. For example, when a snowstorm forced Tom to cancel a town hall in Williamsburg, he had a Facebook Live town hall which more than 7,100 Virginians watched for an average of 29 seconds — the time of a standard political TV ad. These tactics allow Tom to reach more voters through nontraditional means, reducing costs and allowing the campaign to spend money more wisely.
Total for Q1 – Tom Perriello for Governor
Raised: $2,214,576.01
Cash on Hand: $1,710,820.86
  • Elaine Owens

    Of course, Ralph Northam wasn’t able to raise money during the General Assembly session. Wait until the next quarter before reading too much into this report. That said, Perriello has energized the grassroots, and his money haul shows that.

  • Northam campaign responds to Perriello fundraising #s:

    STATEMENT: Northam doubles Perriello Cash on Hand; Raises More Per Day and Blows Away Opponents In Grassroots Fundraising

    In the first quarter, Northam raised $32,396 per day while Tom Perriello only raised $26,000 per day.

    Richmond, VA – Yesterday, Ed Gillespie announced he had less cash on hand than Ralph Northam and had raised less over the course of the entire election. Today, Tom Perriello announced that with two months to go in the primary, he has half the cash on hand as Ralph Northam.

    It is important to note, Northam raised $1.5 million in the first quarter and was barred from fundraising during the legislative session, which was half the quarter. Northam has over $3.32 million cash on hand as of the March 31st. In the first quarter Northam raised $32,396 per day while Tom Perriello only raised $26,000 per day.

    Lt. Governor Northam has a vast grassroots network with more than 44,972 contributions, and 12,119 in the first quarter alone, with 92% of all contributions being $100 or less. 85.5% of the total amount raised came from Virginians. During the first quarter, Northam raised $32,396 to Tom Perriello’s self-reported $26,000 per day.

    In addition, Lt. Governor Northam has raised $5.38 million for the cycle while Ed Gillespie and Tom Perriello have only raised $4.6 million and $2.2 million respectively.

    Communications Director David Turner issued the following statement in response:

    “Having submitted 30,000 signatures to get on the ballot compared to Perriello’s 20,000 and winning eight Northern Virginia straw polls ranging from margins of 30% to 71%, grassroots Virginians are firmly behind Ralph Northam. In addition, his strong grassroots fundraising program shows a breadth and depth of his support. Ralph Northam is well-positioned to communicate his message of creating economic opportunity for all Virginians no matter who they are or where they live. ”

  • Withheld Information

    General Assembly was in session. Northam still has a job you know.

    Northam is the man to back here. Pro-choice groups, education boards, and everyone in the state who matters are backing him. He’s a Virginia man, through and through.

    People have underestimated Northam before, when he ran for state senate against a two term Republican incumbent, and then when he ran for Lt. Governor against Chopra, an Obama admin guy with connections and popularity in NoVa. Both times Northam prevailed.

    • “He’s a Virginia man, through and through.”

      What on earth does that even mean? And why should I care?

      • Withheld Information

        He’s not some upstart just looking for a job to jockey himself into a new position like Perriello. Northam cares about this state, knows this state, and knows it’s people. He’s not some opportunist who just jumped in for the glory of it. Northam cares about service to his state.

  • Our Revolution Endorses Perriello for Governor of Virginia

    April 14, 2017

    WASHINGTON — Our Revolution President Jeff Weaver issued the following statement Friday endorsing Tom Perriello for governor of Virginia:

    “This year’s gubernatorial race gives us an opportunity to change the political balance in the state of Virginia. We must elect a bold progressive who can fight on behalf of middle-income and working families and against the Trump administration’s effort to turn hate into policy. That’s why we are honored to endorse Tom Perriello for governor of Virginia.

    “We believe that our democracy should be one in which candidates work for their constituents, not corporate donors. Tom is the only candidate in this race committed to not taking money from the state’s single largest corporate donor, a publicly-regulated utility.

    “We believe that everyone benefits from living in a society where those with the drive and talent can obtain a higher education, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. Tom wants to ensure that every Virginian can receive two years of free community college or technical training.

    “We believe that workers in this country deserve the dignity and basic economic security that comes from a living wage. Tom supports a $15 an hour minimum wage with paid medical leave.

    “When it comes to protecting the most vulnerable Virginians under Trump, Tom has said he will use all legal executive authority to block federal abuses of power and infringements on fundamental rights.

    “Now is the time to redouble our efforts to elevate unapologetic, progressive voices across the country. At the first large rally of his gubernatorial campaign, Tom said he’s not afraid to be bold ‘because that’s what our times deserve.’ We couldn’t agree more. That’s why we’re proud to give Tom Our Revolution’s first gubernatorial endorsement.”

  • “56 previous Northam contributors have now thrown their support to Perriello.”

    Is there a list of these folks somewhere? I haven’t been able to find anyone who has publicly switched support from Northam to Perriello.