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Update: Ramsey boasts
he raised a million in 12 days.
Zach Wamp is out with his press release trumpeting his first fund-raising total ($1.2 million) and taking a little jab at Ron Ramsey just for the fun of it. Ramsey, who was pestering Republicans for cash yesterday like an Amway salesman, has yet to say what he's raised. When he does, his total will include the cash that's been sitting around in his Senate campaign account. That was $93,000 in February at last report. Wamp's press release says:
"Unlike other campaigns, the preliminary totals that Wamp announced today do not include any roll-over funds from any previous campaign committees." More from Wamp:
"I could not be more grateful to so many folks all across Tennessee who have contributed so early and so generously to our campaign. At the beginning of this year, we set an internal goal and built a plan to raise $1 million by June 30th. But thanks to the support of so many regular Tennesseans, we not only blew by that goal, but we were able to actually bank away the first million we will need when the real campaign begins next year."
"I have really felt the momentum begin to shift our way, especially in the last few weeks, in counties all across the state. And at the end of the day, this race is going to be decided by the people and not by the big money crowd."
Here's all the press release:
Zach Wamp Reports More Than $1.2 Million Raised
With More Than $1 Million in the Bank
Says His Campaign for Governor is Clicking on all Fronts
Nashville, Tenn. - Although late contributions are still being tallied and his official campaign finance report will not be filed until closer to the July 15th reporting deadline, Zach Wamp announced today that he has already raised and will report more than $1.2 million for his campaign for Governor. Just as importantly, Wamp said his campaign has been able to bank away more than $1 million of those funds for use next year in his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
"I could not be more grateful to so many folks all across Tennessee who have contributed so early and so generously to our campaign," Zach said. "At the beginning of this year, we set an internal goal and built a plan to raise $1 million by June 30th. But thanks to the support of so many regular Tennesseans, we not only blew by that goal, but we were able to actually bank away the first million we will need when the real campaign begins next year."
Unlike other campaigns, the preliminary totals that Wamp announced today do not include any roll-over funds from any previous campaign committees.
"While our early fundraising success and cash-on-hand are very important, they are only one part of a winning campaign," Zach said. "And we believe we are the only campaign on the Republican side that is putting in place what it will take to win on every other important front."
Wamp said in addition to raising more than $1.2 million and having more than $1 million in the bank, that he also already has in place:
A strong and experienced campaign management team -- led by the former Tennessee Republican Party chairman Bob Davis and a group of other seasoned Tennessee campaign professionals;
A rapidly-growing Statewide Leadership Team (with more than 250 key leaders announced last week) of leaders, volunteers and fundraisers already actively at work organizing in their local communities and counties across the state;
A rapidly-growing statewide political organization that features experienced and committed Zach Wamp for Governor County Chairs or Co-Chairs already in place in 25 of the top 30 Republican voting counties that will account for nearly 80% of the likely GOP primary vote in 2010, and in several more Tennessee counties.
Early leadership for a number of key statewide coalitions forming in support of Wamp's candidacy - such as the notable "Veterans for Zach Wamp Leadership Team" announced earlier this week.
A group of nationally acclaimed, yet Tennessee experienced, polling, advertising, direct mail and voter contact professionals who are already at work and know how to win tough campaigns.
In addition, Wamp said he now has also put in place a strong Statewide Finance Committee (to be announced soon), led by Knoxville business executive and former TVA chairman Bill Baxter, as well as a planned series of regional and county fundraising events during the second half of 2009 that will help grow his fundraising success.
"I have really felt the momentum begin to shift our way, especially in the last few weeks, in counties all across the state," Zach said. "And at the end of the day, this race is going to be decided by the people and not by the big money crowd. So I am deeply grateful to all of those regular Tennesseans who are sharing their ideas, their advice and their financial support as we work together to create an even better and brighter Tennessee."
From better schools and universities to healthier children and families - from more high-wage jobs to a modern infrastructure with better roads, bridges and broadband - from strong and conservative state fiscal management to just saying "no" to a state income tax - Zach has a clear 20/20 vision of what we need to do to create an even better and brighter Tennessee and to move our state up in the national rankings.
The founder of the nationally-recognized "Tennessee Valley Technology Corridor" economic development organization, Zach has become well-known as a dynamic and visionary leader during the past 15 years of serving Tennessee's 3rd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Wamp and his wife, Kim, live in Chattanooga, and they have a son, Weston, and a daughter, Coty, who is a student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
To get involved in the campaign or to learn more about Zach Wamp, please visit www.ZachWamp.com.