Thursday, January 5, 2012

AD50 Candidate Torie Osborn Raises Over 500K In 2011

The deadline to report fundraising totals isn't until next Tuesday, but CA assembly candidate Torie Osborn has unofficially leaked her fundraising numbers almost a week early.

According to an email sent to donors and supporters, Osborn raised over $520K from 1,638 donors.

Never before has a first-time Assembly candidate raised this kind of money so far out from the primary. I’ve raised 13 times as many online contributions and 7 times the total dollars as my nearest competitor. And the average donation online to my campaign is 50% smaller, showing that grassroots strength will power this campaign to vicTorie in 2012.

Although fundraising totals on Act Blue - an online fundraising site for Democratic candidates - doesn't reflect offline or in-kind donations, it's still a good barometer to assess the comparative strength of a candidates' campaigns.

Osborn has raised $156,033 from 960 donors on Act Blue. Opponent Betsy Butler lists 61 donors who've donated a total of $20,460. Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, also running for the district, uses a different online fundraising site which does not make fundraising totals available to view online.

The official deadline for all candidates to report their 2011 fundraising totals is Tuesday, January 10th. The results should be made public a few days later.

On Sunday, all three candidates will meet at Malibu City Hall to compete for the Malibu Democratic Club endorsement. This will be the first of several endorsement meetings throughout the district to determine who - or if - the California Democratic Party will endorse a candidate.

A CDP endorsement is considered helpful since the top two vote-getters in the June 5th "open" primary, regardless of party affiliation, will face off in the general election in November.

The meeting is open to the public, but only club members are allowed to vote. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., the forum will start at 12:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Malibu City Hall Multipurpose Room.

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