Saturday, October 22, 2011

Newt 2012 has raised over $175,000 since Tuesday's debate (and more great news)

From a fantastic piece on
“Over $175,000 since Tuesday, average contribution of $84, with three out of four donations from new donors. The campaign is currently on pace to raise more in October than it did over the entire FEC [Federal Election Commission] third quarter,” Hammond said. “The average contribution during the FEC third quarter was $76—and 50% of contributions in the third quarter came from new donors,” he said. The increased cash flow to the campaign is making it possible for Gingrich to expand the states in play, and hire new key staff, Hammond said.

The strategy is to concentrate on the first three states, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa, and then have people and structure in place to leverage success into more success, he said. “In New Hampshire, the campaign has hired Andrew Hemingway as its first paid staffer, to work with volunteer Team 10 Leader Michelle McManus, a 912 project organizer from Bow, N.H.,” he said.

“Hemingway was the most immediate chairman of the NH Liberty Caucus, which helped elect 100 new conservative legislators to the New Hampshire State House,” Hammond said. “In South Carolina, the campaign has deployed its National Coalitions Director Adam Waldeck to organize the state,” he said. “Adam is working with volunteer Allen Olson,” he said, “who was the founder and most recent chairman of the Columbia Tea Party.” “The campaign will soon announce its Iowa team and open a Des Moines office,” he said.

Hammond said he is seeing the resurgence in the size and enthusiasm of the crowds. “Newt has spoken to overflow crowds at town halls in Phoenix on Wednesday and in Dallas today. He will campaign in Iowa over the weekend and on Monday, and New Hampshire the middle of next week, then to South Carolina on the 28th,” he said. Hammond said people outside the campaign did not understand what happened inside the campaign during its rocky first six weeks. “When the staffers quit there was a panic for maybe 10 minutes,” he said. “Then, Newt talked to us and we were fine.” The former speaker told the remaining staff that it would take the whole summer to work through the tough launch, but if they stuck to his plan they would be ready in the fall to challenge the front-runners.

The press secretary, who has been with the campaign from the start, said Gingrich was liberated after the staffers quit. “It was like he no longer had to argue with his own staff about what he wanted to do with his campaign.”

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