George Allen adds to campaign coffers
July 13th, 2011
04:26 PM ET
3 years ago

George Allen adds to campaign coffers

Washington (CNN)-Former Virginia senator George Allen's comeback campaign got a boost during the second fundraising quarter.

The GOP candidate will report $1.1 million in contributions, bringing his total for the cycle to $2.6 million overall.

Allen has a little over one and half million in cash to spend on his effort to reclaim the Virginia Senate seat lost to Democrat Jim Webb in 2008. Webb chose not to run for re-election, leaving the seat open and vulnerable for a Republican pickup, which would be a boon to the GOP.

Democrats currently hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate and will defend 23 seats in 2012, including two independents who caucus with Dems as they attempt to keep control of the chamber.

But if Allen advances to the general election (and to do so he'll have to defeat tea party candidate Jamie Radtke, who raised $92,000 in the second quarter) he is expected to face former Virginia Gov.Tim Kaine.

Kaine left his post as chair of the Democratic National Committee to pursue a Senate bid in Virginia. And though he got a late start on fundraising because he announced after the first quarter in late April, Kaine doubled Allen's fundraising for this quarter, boasting 2.25 million in donations from 4,600 supporters.

Allen, also a former governor of Virginia, served in the Senate for one term before being defeated. He received campaign contributions from 5,000 donors, 82 percent of which were from Virginia.

The candidate who drew fire for controversial comments made during a campaign stop and released on YouTube by a Webb campaign tracker is now turning to social media to build grassroots support for a competitive race.

Allen's Facebook page began with 3,600 supporters and has grown to over 18,000.

Financial reports for the second quarter of fundraising are due to the Federal Election Commission on July 15.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Rickster

    Out with another useless democrat and in with a good conservative!

    July 13, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Who forget “Macaca” moment

    July 13, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    The macaca himself. It ain't happening.

    July 13, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS/Domestic Terrorists/Taliban/Al Queda/TRAITORS

    Sen. Macaca will not get re-elected to Congress. On the other hand, Alan Grayson will.

    July 13, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. rhumba

    Virginia used to be for lovers. Now it seems we're for career politicians, guys who can't seem to succeed at anything else. Now only Allen, but Cantor, Kaine, et al. What an embarrassment.

    July 13, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "And though he got a late start on fundraising because he announced after the first quarter in late April, Kaine doubled Allen's fundraising for this quarter, boasting 2.25 million in donations from 4,600 supporters."

    And yet, somehow, the "liberal mainstreasm media" made the entire story and headline all about GOPer/conservative George Allen...because the real "news" was that a GOPer/conservative...one with with a proven streak of backwoods racism running right down his spine next to the skunky white stripe...managed to obtain half as much in donations as the Dem. THAT was the "big news" and needed to be the focus of the article in order to downplay and bury Kaine's success. Soooooo, "liberal" of you CNN.

    July 13, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. DR

    Glad I am a recent transplant to VA so I can vote for Tim Kaine next fall!

    July 13, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. DumbasRocks [R]s

    ahhh....all the racists in VA are emptying their pockets so their hero can make a comeback. This should bring a tear of joy to the KKK.

    July 13, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Republican Robber Baron

    Yet another GOP retread...all they can do is be stuck in the past and bring back losers that already have been defeated in previous elections. Pretty sorry state the GOP is in.

    July 13, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Asabud

    Good conservative? Allen is a nut case. You obviously don't live in Virginia. If George Allen had his way, the area surrounding the Manassas Battlefield would be all concrete and asphalt and look like Orlando, FL. He was a persistent meddler in District of Columbia affairs, particularly in the areas of guns and abortion, when his attention and efforts would have been more appropriately and productively spent on Virginia affairs and constituents. Allen gives the terms, arrogance and buffoonery, new meaning. Allen's severe case of foot-in-mouth disease and his maccaca (sp?) utterance did him in, and good riddance. Hopefully, his time has passed. He has the same sickness that a lot of right-wing republicans do: they believe that they are so perfect that they can dictate "moral values" to all of us "unwashed." He/they need to read their Bibles that they so frequently invoke, particularly the passage about "he who is without sin, let him throw the first stone." True good conservatives are a vanishing species...William Buckley, William Bennett, Daniel Patrick Moynihan (yes, he was a good conservative in many ways), Arlan Spector, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Richard Luger, Orrin Hatch, George Herbert Walker Bush, Christine Todd Whitman, etc., etc., etc. The republican tea party is purging itself of all the good ones and pretty soon, all that will be left will be the nut cases like Allen and his ilk. G-d help us. How very sad for our democracy.

    July 13, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    as bad as a rap the GOP and Tea Party is starting to get, you would think that the LAST person they would want to have out there running was one that had a racial slur incident attached to his resume' But this Republican Party is a very far cry from the one I grew up with.

    July 13, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Republican Robber Baron

    Yes Lost in TX...all Allen does is manage to reinforce those negative stereotypes of the GOP and Tea Party being a bunch of bigots. I guess it is true and it is no secret Bigotry is alive and thriving in the GOP base...unfortunately. Almost every Republican I have known has openly admitted to being a racist.

    July 13, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US

    Wow, a known racist is the best the GOBP can do in VA? That speaks volumes for how morally and intellectually bankrupt their little cult of corrupt corporatism is.

    July 13, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    Tell us again who he is and why we should care?

    July 13, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Danny Cali

    Here's we go again Mr. "MACACA" or Sen. "MACACA" we never forgot Macaca moment.

    July 13, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |