by Max Brantley
A spokesman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Halter's campaign says he has $1 million in startup money, thanks to a $640,000 personal loan from Halter and $360,000 in contributions. The news release claims another $1 million in pledges. No details are yet available. A campaign finance report will be filed by April 15.
The Halter campaign release:
Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter has sprinted from the starting line of his campaign for Arkansas governor and now has passed the $1 million mark, has another $1 million in contribution commitments and more than 1,000 volunteers signed up from all 75 Arkansas counties.
“It’s been an incredible 60 days, and I am profoundly grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received from folks across our state,” said Halter. “Arkansas needs a leader, not a lobbyist, in the Governor’s mansion who will put forward genuine policy proposals that will help all Arkansans.”
“Reporting $1 million is impressive, but signing up more than 1,000 people to volunteer in fewer than 60 days is literally unprecedented in Arkansas history,” said Halter advisor Bud Jackson. “Most candidates don’t have 1,000 volunteers at the end of the campaign, let alone at the beginning. Bill’s campaign is going to be the largest grassroots mobilization ever waged in Arkansas and a powerful force for Democrats who want to keep the governor’s mansion.”
The fundraising performance comes despite the first fundraising quarter (ending March 31st) being one-third shorter than average fundraising reporting periods because Halter did not enter the race until January 31st. Halter’s quarterly finance report will be filed with the Secretary of State’s office on or before the official April 15th deadline.
“With his long history of getting things done and his big ideas about how to create opportunity for families, it's no wonder so many Arkansans are lining up for Bill — with their money and their time. Arkansans know a winner when they see one,” said Jackson. “Folks will have a clear choice between Washington style career politicians and lobbyists versus Bill Halter’s Arkansas Promise plan to provide college for every person who works for it and his real experience creating jobs."
Halter for Arkansas by the numbers:
· $1 million+ in receipts
- Over $360,000 raised from more than 600 contributors
- Over 500 contributions of $100 or less
- $640,000 personal loan from Bill Halter
· An additional $1 million in pledged contributions
· More than 1,000 volunteers signed up representing all 75 Arkansas counties
· Endorsements from organizations representing over 25,000 Arkansas families: United Steelworkers, Communication Workers of America, the Teamsters, and United Food and Commercial Workers.