Thompson Counts on Support From Voters, Not Personal Loans
Supporters are rallying behind conservative Republican Jeff Thompson, pouring more than $275,000 in donations into Thompson's 4th Congressional District campaign in less than 90 days.
Thompson, 43, said he was extremely pleased with the pace of fundraising and the momentum building in his race to replace incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery. McCrery, with more than 20 years in the House of Representatives, announced his decision not to seek reelection in December, and in April, endorsed Thompson as his successor.
"Donations are a good indication of actual support," Thompson said, "and I've been blessed with a good range of donations. I think families in the 4th District have an appreciation for someone who is a long-term resident of the district, someone who has a track record of service, leadership and dedication."
Thompson's finance report, covering his campaign from inception through June 30, shows $200,000 in cash on hand. The finance report was e-mailed to the Federal Elections Commission and to major media outlets Monday night, and with the resolution of technical difficulties, was posted by the FEC early Tuesday morning.
The filing also shows that in addition to the $275,000 in contributions, Thompson loaned his campaign only $50,000.
"I appreciate every donation that has come in the door, from the lady who sent me a $1 bill with a note that said "God bless you" to the people who have given every other amount," Thompson said.
With support and donations from voters outpacing personal loans by a ratio of more than 5 to 1, Thompson is the only Republican candidate whose donations from supporters - the true test of support - exceed personal loans.
"This race is about people, their lives and their families," Thompson said. "It's about fighting for our values, growing the economy in our district, and protecting the institutions we hold dear. We can't run our families and our businesses the way the liberal leadership is running Congress."