Here’s the email from the Dave Thompson for Governor campaign announcing his 2013 fundraising numbers and pointing out how he didn’t take PCR donations.
When we launched our campaign in June, the most frequent criticism coming from establishment Republicans and liberal Democrats alike was the same: “Dave Thompson will never have the resources to compete with Mark Dayton.”
Now it is true, I’ve always put principle above politics, and have sometimes taken positions that put me at odds with my own leadership or special interests in St. Paul. And thus far I have decided not to take the public subsidy that would force me to abide by certain spending limits. Governor Dayton has not agreed to abide by the limits, and I must ultimately be ready to compete with him.
So I suppose I can see why people might doubt our ability to build an issue-based campaign, and at the same time raise the money that is necessary to compete across the State of Minnesota.
But I’m proud to make sure you are among the first to know that, thanks to your support, encouragement, and personal generosity, I can honestly say that we’ve shut down the nay-sayers and put our campaign on solid financial footing as we enter 2014. And I have done this without taking PCR money. Instead, I encourage my supporters to use their PCR eligible money to support House candidates and Party units.
At the end of this month, the Thompson for Governor campaign will report that we raised over $120,000 in 2013. That is more than the last Republican nominee raised in the year before the 2010 election, and it is a solid start on what will undoubtedly be an expensive and hard-fought campaign.
So today I’m not asking you for a dime. I’m simply asking you to accept my humble thanks for everything you have done to get this campaign on the path to victory.
As we head into 2014, I know that while we will be outspent, we will absolutely have the financial resources and campaign infrastructure to secure the Republican endorsement, win a primary election if necessary, and defeat Mark Dayton in November.
And none of it would be possible without you. So…thank you. It will be an honor to serve as your governor.
Thompson for Governor