July 13th, 2009
01:51 PM ET
11 months ago

Toomey rakes in $1.6 million for Senate bid

Toomey has raised $1.6 million for his Senate bid.
Toomey has raised $1.6 million for his Senate bid.

(CNN) – Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey says his campaign for the Senate has raked in $1.6 million since he jumped into the race on April 15.

Toomey's campaign also announced Monday that more than 15,000 people from across the country have contributed and that as of the end of June, the campaign had $1.1 million cash on hand.

"I am honored by all the people who have contributed to my campaign since my announcement," Toomey said in a statement. "These contributions come from folks across all of Pennsylvania and the country who know that America has a better future than the runaway spending and endless bailouts that are coming from Washington today. Together, I believe we can bring fiscal responsibility, political balance, and economic growth back to our country."

The fiscally conservative Toomey is a former congressman and former head of the Club for Growth, a limited-government, anti-tax organization. Toomey nearly beat Senator Arlen Specter in the 2004 GOP primary.

Toomey was leading Specter in polls of a hypothetical Republican Senate primary earlier this year, before Specter switched his party identity from Republican to Democrat. Specter said then the difficulty in winning the Republican primary was a factor in his decision to switch parties.


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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Tom Bachman

    Snarlin' Arlen will lose to Sestak....unless he votes for card-check, AKA
    Bolshevism.

    July 13, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. here we go

    How come these so called "politicans" didn't get their panties in a knot when Bush was in and all the money going to the rich and the "war". Didn't hear them screaming then about spending, now it is "oh my god", give me a break....Seems to me that is all they have to say. Don't act so patriotic, when you and your party stamped everything ole Georgie wanted, now WE are all paying the price for stupidity at it's best....

    July 13, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Here's more the Republican Calculus:

    Tax businesses until they are no longer competitive in the world; Bad.
    Grow government to maximize the inefficiency of our economy: Bad.
    Open world trade to maximize the upside of our economy: Good!

    Toomey's ideas work. Current administration and congress are showing exactly what doesn't work. Of course he's getting a lot of contributions.

    July 13, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. here we go

    tell you one thing to get elected, and then lobbyist step into the picture and good bye back bone...don't believe everything you hear or see. The people that all of these guys(dem and repub) represent always take a back seat to lobbyist and the party. Very few stand up for the common folk, most are too interested in getting reelected to keep and their pension and health insurance..MOney talks always has and always will.

    July 13, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Turnip truck

    Looks like an airport toewrestler to me.hahaha

    July 13, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Vigla

    Ultra conservative is sooo 2002. It's that ideology that got us into this mess... Moderates, folks, moderates... Tax cuts for the rich, club for growth, all nonsense. TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH DON'T WORK!!! Get it through your thick skulls!

    July 13, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    Sniffit July 13th, 2009 12:51 pm ET
    @ Robert, who asked "I Wonder, Where do these Politicians get all this Money, in this Crippled Economy?" Easy. For the GOPer base, the calculus is the following: Tax money spent on infrastructure, running the gov't and and foreign and domestic programs? BAD. After-tax money donated to PACs and campaign funds and other political crap to ensure that the GOP is in power, starting wars, perpetuating institutionalized racism and sexism, playing deregulatory chicken with the economy and fighting to end some of the civil rights ensured by the Constitution? GOOD.
    ------------------------
    Still awaiting your discourse on democratic funding or do I just assume it all on the up and up?!

    July 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Shawn

    This guys is just gross. Anybody who would vote for a right-wing nutter like him has serious problems.

    July 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Stephanie

    Unless the Republicans get behind health care reform the rise in health care costs will out pace any tax increase anyway.

    Heaven help a country that is in constant election mode and can only elect those who are rich or who sell their souls to corporations to run for office.

    July 13, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Independent Bob

    Politicians talk about fiscal responsibility.

    How irresponsible is it for us as voters to base our decisions on who is viable as a candidate based on how much money they can raise.

    We have been sold a bill of goods by the media and the two major parties that only candidates that raise hugh sums of money are viable. Whose interests are being served by this? Not yours or mine. The answer...the Democrats, the Republicans, professional campaigners and the media. The two parties remain in control, professional campaigners make huge salaries and the media can make huge amounts of revenue. All at the expense of our republican (that's republican as in republic, not Republican) form of government.

    Robert poses a good question in his post.

    July 13, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. R in Maine

    No republican is going to win. Specter will win and Toomey is just a piece of crap trying to make it on the money of the party. Spend as much as you can.

    July 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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