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Friday, October 14, 2005

Report shows Farrell raised more money than Shays last quarter

From the Hartford Courant
Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell, a Democrat who is making her second bid for Congress against Republican Rep. Christopher Shays, said Thursday she has raised $303,000 since starting her fundraising in August.

Shays expects to report raising about $207,000 in the quarter, bringing his total warchest for the 2006 race to $807,000, said Paul Pimentel, his campaign spokesman. The reports were expected to be filed Friday or Saturday with the Federal Election Commission.

Pimentel said he was not surprised that Farrell raised more than Shays in the quarter, saying Farrell had been spending alot of time fundraising. Shays suspended his direct mail fundraising after the hurricanes and only resumed it about a week ago, Pimentel said.

Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in July that Farrell is among the strongest candidates for Congress in the nation. He said the Connecticut race will be a top priority for the DCCC.
The DCCC are going to go after Shays and Simmons as they see those seats as ripe for the taking. Expect things to heat up between Shays and Farrell soon.