July 13th, 2009
01:51 PM ET
6 years 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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Bob in PA

    PA is known for being a blue collared, middle class state. I just don't see how a republican can sway the minds of middle class-voters that he is any different from the The Party of No senators. I will reserve my judgement about him until I hear him answer some pertinent questions such as those regarding the stimulus bill and healthcare reform.

    July 13, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. joe smith

    only seems logical to me, when that much money is thrown around, the person receiving same is compelled to listen very carefully to the givers..therefore where is the singleminedness, when the vote is taken..NOT..

    July 13, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Rick CT

    Come on PA. Show us that Spector can't win as a Dem either – even if the Dem bigs are violating the unwritten rule of neutrality in the primaries.

    July 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Mike

    We need to contribute to conservatives all across the country regardless if they are running in your home state or not. The job for 2010 is to get rid of the tax and spend democrats then in 2012 get rid of the biggest spender of all time and that is obama.

    July 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. you will need it

    out of this world crazy how much it costs to run

    July 13, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. DC Insider

    This will be interesting for the Pennsylvanian Democrats, you can choose either Sestek (who has a lot of his own baggage) or Spector (who many speculate flip-flopped to keep his job as a Democrat). Either way, you don't have much of a choice.

    If Toomey wins Pennsyvania it will signal that many people are not please or happy with our current President's agenda. I am willing to bet, it will be a close race.

    July 13, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. GCB

    NOT enough buddy.... you'll need about 5 times MORE than that.

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

    I'm not surprise support for Toomey, the American people have MORE trust now with the GOP compared to Democrats. Out of 10 issues that are important to the American people, 8 of them goes to the GOP as the most trustworthy, even the two that goes to the Democrat (healthcare and education) is hanging by a THREAD. The American people have lost their faith with the Democratic Party especially independent voters who decides who win and lose in every election. 42% now of Americans are declaring themselves conservatives while only 27% declaring themselves are liberals. That is a BIG CHANGE that cannot be ignored. I am a Democrat but will be voting straight Republican ticket next year and will continue to do so until the last cow comes home. Last year election left a bitter taste in my mouth, from myogyny to using the race card by Democrats campaigners and supporters. As a minority, using race card to be elected in office doesn't set well with me. When pundits and democrats campaigners and supporters use sexist statements against Hillary & Sarah Palin; that doesn't set well with me. When Obama called Hillary a "whiner" that made my blood boil.

    July 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Joe Cool

    There is NO such thing as a Fiscally Responsible Congressman. It is a sham, and merely a selling point.

    July 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    "endless bailouts" Tell us Pat. Did you vote for the TARP/AIG bailout started by your boss Duh Duh Duhbya?

    July 13, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. jmg

    I personally hate Pat Toomey for funding primary challenges within the party for several years as head of Club for Growth, but, Dems beware, independents don't like this spending, and people demand results from someone who promised so much. If we spend all this money, and nothing changes by September 2010, Toomey will be one of many GOPers heading to Washington.

    July 13, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Lori

    I know Specter will win. No amount of money Toomey spends will make the people of Pennsylvania vote Republican. Trust me on this one. Go Specter!

    July 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Predicta

    Specter is done. Should be interesting to see if te dem or repub takes the seat. Only time will tell whether this is one of many referendums on the Obama administration. Will it be 1994 all over again?

    July 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. kamenwati

    Pat Toomey is an idiot. He belongs in the Republican Party.

    July 13, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. big papa

    The right wing inbreds are hopping mad at the thrashing they took in '08...

    ...they'd elect Pol Pot if he rose from the dead as a "conservative Republican"...

    ...sheesh! What a bunch of imbeciles...

    July 13, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. TCM

    @Dutch –
    love the allegiance to the democratic party...however, liberalism has infested the democrats...and the American people are finally waking up and realizing that liberals, under the guise of the DNC are raping and piliging their, and their childrens future to fund entitlement goodies to the welfare hounds....and they'll continue their march to cater to legalizing illegals....ALL FOR VOTES...

    You seem somewhat educated...you aren't seeing that they're reaching deep into your pockets to support those that simply are not worth supporting? Obama's rapidly falling popularity is a leading indicator of the beginning of the end...

    July 13, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Sick -n- Tired

    And exactly how much of that 1.6 mil. came from "clean coal" (no such thing) lobbyist's and special interest group's? Just curious.

    July 13, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    Sniffit July 13th, 2009 12:48 pm ET
    Is that $100K for each of the wrinkles on his forehead?
    You mean like the wrinkles Biden USED to have?

    July 13, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. TCM

    @ LORI –

    You're absolutely correct. However, Spector could get re-elected; anything's possible when you have ACORN on your side...since the majority of them are unemployed "volunteers," they have the time and the government stimulus money (courtesy of Obama) to muddy anyone's campaign....so, I'm sure Emanuel and the cronies are cooking something up for Spector to use.....It's getting harder and harder for the true, honest American to be heard over the corruption...I believe that's called a dictatorship or a Chicago mob boss....not sure.

    July 13, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Ted Tartaglia

    This guy is just another Republican hypocrite who has suddenly had an epiphanic moment and now embraces fiscal responsibility. His credibility would be much greater if he had not not been a disciple for the borrow and spend policies of the Bush administration.

    Modern day Republicans have a strange set of morals and ethics. They also seem to be totally disconnected from reality.

    July 13, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Sharon Kitchen

    wow....after the writting of -10 which helped to repel parts of the Glass-Spegal Act .....which caused the de-regulation......which caused the demise of the economy......I wonder what else he would write or try to get passed if elected.

    This is a great big NO......to this person.

    This country can NOT afford him,or his ideas.

    July 13, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. TCM

    libs, libs, libs...this is a litmus test...and the results are turning acidic for the liberal agenda of Obama....people are sick of the spending, the unnecessary taxing,....the president telling them which lightbulb they must have...all this control and power..isn't the American way, and Americans don't like being controlled. You're seeing it with these donations. The voters are speaking with their wallet now, and with their vote in 2010. Democrats will be ousted big time; not because they're democrats, but because of liberalism. It has no place in this society.

    July 13, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Steve (the real one)

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA July 13th, 2009 12:09 pm ET
    It doesn't matter how much money he's raked in.............................
    Come on Dutch! If money is not the issue, then please explain why Bill Clinton is raisng money for Maloney to enable her to challange Gillibrand in NY! Both are democrats, right? Toomey has an excellent chance in PA. It is up to the people in PA! You are I are just on the sidelines!

    July 13, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Nathan from Texas

    1.6 million dollars from 1500 people:

    $1067 average donation.

    July 13, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. POSTIT

    I love when people not from pa comment on what we want from our senators....

    Specter switched because he couldn't beat toomey in a primary race, and hes going to wipe the floor with him in the general? Ok..sure...I beleive you....Now here's some pretty pills for you take, I swear they'll make you feel all special and better...

    July 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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