FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2012
Gary McDowell Raises over $610,000 Powered by More Than 1,600 Grassroots Supporters
McDowell Reports More than Half a Million Dollars Cash on Hand with 96 Percent of Donations from Michigan
Rudyard, MI – Gary McDowell, Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 1st District today reported raising $612,000 for his fight to save Medicare and bring good-paying jobs back to Michigan. McDowell’s strong grassroots campaign of more than 1,600 supporters raised $273,000 in the first three months of 2012. Nearly all of McDowell’s support, 96 percent, comes from Michigan. The campaign also reported more than $500,000 cash on hand as of the March 31st FEC deadline.
McDowell’s strong fundraising report comes on the heels of a January 25th poll showing that he leads Congressman Dan Benishek by 5 points.
“I am honored by the outpouring of support for this campaign to fight for Michigan middle class families,” said Gary McDowell. “Grassroots supporters from Northern Michigan and across the state are sending a message that no one in Washington is paying attention to jobs and our economy, and it is time to send a regular working person and some common-sense to Washington.”
McDowell continued: “Congressman Benishek promised to protect Social Security and Medicare but one of the first votes he took was to end Medicare in order to give more tax breaks to the wealthy,” McDowell continued. “Congressman Benishek is part of the problem, and together we are building a campaign that can take on this Congress, solve problems, save Medicare and Social Security and create jobs.”