July 13th, 2009
01:51 PM ET
7 years ago

Toomey rakes in $1.6 million for Senate bid

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/13/art.toomey.gi.jpg caption="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. Fair is Fair

    Time for Spectacle Specter to go to the retirement community and eat his din-din though a straw.

    July 13, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It doesn't matter how much money he's raked in. The fight is between Sestak and Specter. I'm sure PA doesn't want any republican senator so they can just join The Party of No. I'm glad that Specter is a Democrat now, but I'm pulling for Sestak. It's going to be a tough fought primary; for the democrats.

    July 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Go Pat Go

    A vote for Toomey is a vote for financial independence.

    Pat Toomey, 2010!

    July 13, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. New Independent

    This is a wake-up call for all of those "change you can believe" folks. We have change but is it the kind we really want?

    July 13, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Sabagan

    A Republican senator will be voted to replace the fake republican who switch party for his convenience.

    July 13, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. John

    Mr. Pat Toomey,

    Collect More, Collect, Collect, Keep on Collecting.

    All is going down the Drain, Waste, Futile.

    You are not going to Win.

    You are living in Fool's Paradise.

    July 13, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Jared

    Good to see conservatives haven't lost too much money under the Obama administration in that they're able to send this wack-job so much cash.

    July 13, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |

    Maybe O can pull in money for Specter, but hopefully PA citizens realize they deserve better, if not, a more loyal senator than Arlen.

    There is no need to continue to add to the insults of the likes of Ensign or to the latest injury of adding Al Franken.

    July 13, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Norman

    Sounds like a lot of bribe money to me.
    I love how these politicians want to brag about how deep they are in special interest's pockets.

    July 13, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Despite what the Party of No thinks Pat, we've heard that lie about financial independence from Republicans for EIGHT YEARS. You can be ignorant enough to buy that tripe but those of us who are thinking will NOT. Sestak will win. Watch what I tell you.

    July 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Why is this news. Gop line thier pocket up with the richest CEO's of this country. Not no big deal. It will take more than you money Repubicans to win back the White House. Your greedy corp. are counting you Repubicans to give them a bail out plan like the one Bush gave them before he left.

    July 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Joe Sith

    Don't underestimate Specter. He'll beat Sestak in the Primary and then wipe the floor with Toomey in the general election.

    July 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Robert

    I Wonder, Where do these Politicians get all this Money, in this Crippled Economy?

    I think it is all ill-gotten Money, Drug Money, Bribery, Stolen and Embezzled Money.

    July 13, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Is that $100K for each of the wrinkles on his forehead?

    July 13, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Bob in Pa


    What you fail to realize is how much democratic incompetence we have had to deal with lately from out local Pa. politicians and our latest failure in Bob Casey.

    Pat Toomeys an Altar Boy on the right side of taxation compared to these guys. He will be hard to beat against a has been (Specter) or the unknown (Sestak). Sestak will have to run as a conservative in order to pull this off legally..

    July 13, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Lori

    Its funny that nobody has anything to say about Pat Toomey.. but you can sure hear a lot of "GOP sucks" "Republicans are bad" "Boo Bush". Pat Toomey is a great guy who would make a great Congressman.. Specter changed parties so he could win a re-election. It would be embarrassing if he was actually re-elected.

    July 13, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    @ 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.

    July 13, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Patrick, Mass.

    Can't wait to hear about his ideas, or plan, to do what he claims only Republicans can do. Lower taxes, I bet. And the deficit? Well, let's just wait and hear how he thinks that can be done any better.

    July 13, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. yuri

    Money speaks the language everyone seems to comprehend. The tug of air between a Dem and a GOP candidate is likely to create nasty set of signals separatin' each from the other.

    July 13, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Fla.

    These Republicans have No credibility with so-called "fiscal responsibility" after these past several years.

    GOP's economic policies of tax cuts for the rich have proven NOT to work. "Trickle down" is simply a fallacy. Look at how exasperated this recession was as an example of voodoo economics under Bush & Republican Congress.

    July 13, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Independent in Virginia

    To Dutch/Bad Newz –

    I think by the time this race approaches, many people will be open to voting for the "Party of No" over the "Party of No Jobs".

    July 13, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Gus The Willie

    A vote for Toomey spells another unjustified war, putting the wealthy back on top, putting another automobile company into peril, justify torture as a must to protect America, put the right wing elitest religious do no wrong agenda back on track, and finally put the constitution in the outhouse for the other Republicans.

    July 13, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Bill

    Time for specter to retire to the wrinkle ranch.

    July 13, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Funny story Sestak has already raised 3.2 million... so Toomy you're still behind

    July 13, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. bob in LA

    People continue to complain about bailing out large companies that can save jobs of average guys, but continue to throw so much money to help one person get a cushy job that pays a tenth of what they raise to run.
    What is wrong with people?

    July 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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