Novick announces first $100,000

According to the Novick for Senate campaign, in the 48 days since his announcement, the campaign has now raised over $100,000 from 300+ donors. At this moment, 253 of those donations for $56,797 have come via ActBlue.

From NovickForSenate.com:

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Steve Novick announced today that he has raised over $100,000 for his campaign, all from individuals. "Over 300 good, generous, progressive individuals, who are committed to electing a Senator who will fight runaway economic inequality, work hard for universal health care, fight global warming, and work to get the Federal budget back into shape," Novick added.

Although recognizing that the ultimate cost of a Senate campaign will be in the millions, Novick said that the early success demonstrates that "in the words of the Talking Heads, this ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around."

Treasurer Nik Blosser said that "our contributions don't just come from Portland and Eugene; they've come from all over the state. From Turner and Tualatin, from Pendleton and Philomath, from Ashland and Albany, from Medford and Mosier, from Eagle Point, from both Bend AND Redmond, from Corvallis, from The Dalles, from Baker, from Scappoose, from Hood River, and from places in between.

"And Americans all over the country know that this is a national race: control of the Senate hangs in the balance," Blosser added. "That's why we have donors from New York, from Los Angeles, from Seattle, from Washington, from Pittsburgh, from Montana, from Michigan, from Texas, from Massachusetts, and from New Jersey. This is a statewide campaign. This is a national campaign. This is a winning campaign."

Read the rest.

Meanwhile, Steve picked up a rather odd endorsement from John Hodgman -- that guy who plays "PC Guy" in the Apple commercials.

Donate to Steve now. Discuss.

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    I don't know that Hodgman's post constitutes an endorsement, but I'd say it's very good news that he's talking about Novick at all. Surely no man has more sway in American culture than John Hodgman.

    And a hundred k? You know what they say (sorta), a hundred k here and a hundred k there and all of a sudden you're talking about serious money.

    Congrats!

  • Moderate Republican (unverified)
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    I think Smith had ten million last time. 100K is a good start, but it's going to be a long row to hoe.

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    Isn't five mil the "competitive" mark?

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    By far, the bulk of the money will come to the Senate candidate either after:

    1) the primary

    2) it becomes evident there's only one viable candidate

    Many of your big donors to these races (DSCC, other U.S. Senators, many PACs, the Party, etc.) will stay out until they know who the candidate taking on Smith will be. That's when the big money comes rolling in.

    They're already raising and setting aside funds for the nominee. But the amount of those funds won't become evident until they start making their way into a candidate's bank account.

  • Bill Bodden (unverified)
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    How about 5,000 supporters with extended e-mail lists?

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    Ted Kulongoski spent around $5 million to defeat Ron Saxton and his $8 million. Of course, Ted was the incumbent Governor. We know that Gordon already has $5 million banked, and can spend his own millions if he wants.

    I figure that it'll take around 3.5 million bucks by Labor Day 2008 (and some decent poll numbers) to pull in the DSCC's $3-4 million. Keep in mind that the DSCC's money will be mostly late money, shifting around the country depending on which candidates are in punching range.

    That's a pace of about $230,000 a month through the end of August 2008. Steve's not quite there yet.

    Of course Jenni is right that the big money will roll in once the nominee is chosen. A million bucks through the primary seems about right, depending on whether it's competitive or not. That's a pace of $90,000 a month - and Steve's almost there. And soon, too.

    Steve's got a long way to go, but he's certainly $100,000 further along than anybody else. The question is whether this first $100,000 was the low-hanging fruit and it's going to get tougher from now on... or whether this first $100,000 is just the tip of the iceberg and he's going to just pick up momentum from here.

    (Please, please, please do keep in mind that I'm not a general consultant. I don't buy TV time or direct mail. And I'm not privy to Steve's campaign plan. So these are my slightly-informed guesses, not based on any hard research or actual planning.)

  • MNeumann (unverified)
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    Great news! Congratulations, Steve!

  • Buckman Res (unverified)
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    "That's why we have donors from New York, from Los Angeles,...

    I wouldn’t be so quick to play up contributions from out-of-state political wheeler-dealers. Nothing makes a candidate look less in touch with Oregon voters than having his name linked to New York/LA/Massachusetts power brokers who can’t even find Ory-gone on a map.

    Surely no man has more sway in American culture than John Hodgman.

    Who the hell is John Hodgman?! I doubt anybody but you political wonks know who he is.

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    Posted by: Buckman Res | Jun 4, 2007 1:35:19 PM Who the hell is John Hodgman?! I doubt anybody but you political wonks know who he is.

    Ever see an Apple computer commercial in the past year or so? You may not know the name John Hodgman (most people probably don't either) but most of the country knows the guy by sight.

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    I wouldn’t be so quick to play up contributions from out-of-state political wheeler-dealers. Nothing makes a candidate look less in touch with Oregon voters than having his name linked to New York/LA/Massachusetts power brokers

    I'm pretty sure that those are grassroots internet donations -- not outta-state politicos. Steve's gotten a healthy amount of buzz around the country.

  • MNeumann (unverified)
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    Out of state donations didn't seem to hurt Karen Minnis. Didn't she have more that 50% from out of state, with lots of it coming from Big Pharma and Big Tobacco? This was pointed out to voters, and clearly it was not a big issue for them.

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    And besides, whatever Steve does, it'll be less than Gordon Smith's big money from Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas,, and even the Virgin Islands.

  • Tony Faulkner (unverified)
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    In addition to being in the Mac v. PC ads, John wrote a crazy fantastic book of satire called Areas of my Expertise and is a regular contributor to the Daily Show, The New York Times Magazine and This American Life.

    He's no Britney Spears but he does have something like a following.

  • Adrian Chen (unverified)
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    John Hodgman is perhaps the funniest man in America. Combined with perhaps the funniest campaign slogan in America? PURE GOLD.

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    Posted by: Adrian Chen | Jun 5, 2007 3:08:50 PM John Hodgman is perhaps the funniest man in America. Combined with perhaps the funniest campaign slogan in America? PURE GOLD.
    Coming from perhaps the funniest man in Portland, this is high praise.

    (Unless the "PURE GOLD" reference is a tipoff that the author is actually Kenny Banya)

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    I was just over at Act Blue and was reading through their blog to see some ways Democrats across the nation have used the service to raise a lot of money.

    One of the entries caught my eye, as it referenced this very blog entry here on Blue Oregon: http://blog.actblue.com/blog/2007/06/web_clips.html

    It says:

    "Our next piece actually takes us to a blog story about another ActBlue campaign, that of Steve Novick running for the Oregon Senate seat held by Gordon Smith (R).

    According to the Novick for Senate campaign, in the 48 days since his announcement, the campaign has now raised over $100,000 from 300+ donors. At this moment, 253 of those donations for $56,797 have come via ActBlue.

    "Wow, would you ever expect to see over 50% of a federal campaign's initial contributions made online? In 'big-money' politics you might be more accustomed to a large number of high dollar checks providing the initial boost; clearly, this is changing. No one source of funding need be dominant, and we recognize that ActBlue's ability to expand the donor pool is helping to diversify campaigns and their funding."

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