Fimian Has $1 Million For Race Against Connolly
Keith Fimian, the Republican candidate in the 11th Congressional District, announced today he has over $1 million in the bank for his race against Democratic nominee Gerald E. Connolly, the chairman of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors.
Fimian, a businessman, says he has so far taken in about $1.3 million for his effort, including the $325,000 he loaned his campaign shortly after he entered the race. Fimian said his fundraising proves he will have the resources to stay competitive with Connolly, even though the 11th district has an increasingly Democratic tilt.
"With the money I am raising I will be able to deliver my message of bringing accountability to government to citizens across the district and win in November," Fimian said.
Connolly, who secured his party's nomination last month, has not yet released his quarterly fundraising report. But a source close to Connolly said he has about $300,000 in the bank following his costly primary battle against former U.S. Rep. Leslie L. Byrne.
Despite Fimian's apparent early cash advantage, Connolly should be able to quickly catch up in the money race. Connolly is a proven fundraiser, and national Democrats have made a Democratic victory in the 11th district a top priority.
Connolly also raises the bulk of his money from Virginia - mainly Fairfax - while more than half of Fimian's comes from out of state, according to the Center For Responsive Politics.
But Fimian, who says his campaign has already knocked on 10,000 doors, said he is well positioned to go the distance with Connolly. He noted there were more than 70 volunteers working on his behalf over the July 4 holiday.
"The great thing about our race is that it's July and we have a first-class grassroots operation coupled with $1 million in the bank," he said.
July 10, 2008; 5:58 PM ET
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