Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Heller's Campaign is in the Red

Dean Heller might have raised a pretty good amount of money for the first quarter with a total of $254,102. And at the end of the quarter he had $247,969 cash-on-hand. This might look impressive. (See FEC report for details.) But only if you ignore the following:

A lot of Democratic freshmen have raised considerably larger sums. The most impressive being Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) with $668k and Rep. Ron Klein (FL) $611k and even a westerner like Gabrielle Giffords (AZ) representing a rural district raised $320k.

More importantly, though, Dean Heller is deep in the red as his campaign carries a debt of $406,382. It's funny how Heller actually considers himself a fiscal conservative. Read what he said during the campaign:

We need candidates and elected officials who are fiscally conservative in taxes and spending. I am the only candidate who is both and my record shows that.

As you can see above, the one thing his record shows is that the only way he was able to win last year was by spending more than what his campaign received in contributions. Contrast that with Jill Derby who managed to win 45% of the vote against Dean Heller last year in a deeply red district and all of that without going into debt. She actually still had cash-on-hand at the end of the year and has balanced out at exactly $0 at the end of the last quarter.

It's quite clear that Jill Derby was actually the one in last year's campaign showing fiscal responsibility, Dean Heller was and still is not.

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