Great news from the Perriello campaign; also nice birthday present for his mom, who just turned 75 yesterday — happy birthday!
Tom Perriello Raises More Than $4 Million, In Strong Position for Primary Campaign’s Final Days
92 Percent of Contributions $100 or Less
Perriello Campaign Raised More Than $255,000 Online Last Week Alone, At Average Contribution of $43
Today, Tom Perriello’s Democratic campaign for governor announced that it had raised more than $4 million in 2017. Despite just entering the race in January, while Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has been a candidate since early 2015, Tom has brought in $4.09 million from 21,567 individual contributions, underscoring the strength of his rapidly-growing grassroots campaign. Last week alone demonstrates how the grassroots momentum is with Tom at this pivotal moment of the campaign: it was the campaign’s best online fundraising week so far, raising more than $255,000 online from 5,934 individual contributions for an average of $43.
With just nine days left, Tom’s campaign is well-positioned to win the June 13 primary, with close to three-quarters of a million dollars on-hand. For recent historical perspective, at the same juncture of the 2009 Democratic gubernatorial primary, Creigh Deeds—the eventual nominee—had $525,755 on hand, while Brian Moran had $707,237 on hand. Tom has also brought in nearly three times what Deeds did during the same fundraising period in 2009’s primary—$1.87 million to $678,000.
“In the primary’s closing days, the grassroots momentum is on Tom’s side,” said Julia Barnes, Perriello’s campaign manager. “From the start, Tom has committed to an accessible, next-generation campaign of harnessing social media and digital tools to reach tens of thousands of voters directly across Virginia. We’ve done that, and we have also made unprecedented investments in our organizing and field program that will help our grassroots Virginia volunteers and supporters deliver a win on June 13 and make Tom the Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia.”
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 has also pledged not to take campaign contributions from Virginia’s publicly-regulated utilities, including Dominion. More than 50 Democrats running for House of Delegates and all three Democrats running for lieutenant governor have joined Tom in rejecting Dominion’s contributions. Last week, Tom also joined a pledge to reject campaign contributions from oil, gas and coal companies.
In his campaign, Tom has been the most accessible, energetic candidate for Governor of Virginia—holding more than 350 public events, while traveling more than 20,000 miles to 52 counties and independent cities across Virginia. Tom has held nearly 30 town hall meetings across Virginia, and he has harnessed social media and digital platforms to reach hundreds of thousands of Virginians on Facebook via Facebook Live and posts. He has also led on putting forward the solutions to Virginia’s most pressing challenges, proposing plans to raise wages, guarantee paid leave, expand public education to include pre-K and community college, support clean energy, confront climate change, fight for Virginia women, tackle the racial wealth gap, fix our broken criminal justice system, improve maternity care, make Virginia more equal for our LGBTQ citizens, combat the opioid crisis, and support Virginians with disabilities and Virginia veterans — and he’s the only candidate from either party to lay out how he will pay for his agenda.
Total for Cycle – Tom Perriello for Governor
Raised this period: $1,873,260.47
Cash on Hand: $733,904.42