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Million-dollar man: Glassman fundraising report

Rodney Glassman, who's seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate, reported that his campaign has raised more than $1 million.

Glassman, a former Tucson city councilman who resigned to seek higher office, says he gave $500,000 to his own campaign. The "seven-figure haul" includes contributions from over 1,400 others, according to a press release from the campaign Wednesday.

More than 80 percent of the donations are from Arizonans, the campaign says. Including his personal contributions, Glassman has raised more money than any other Democrat who has run against Sen. John McCain, the release said.

According to recent polls, Glassman is in a tight primary race for the Democratic nomination. He faces John Dougherty, Cathy Eden and Randy Parraz in the Aug. 24 election. McCain faces former congressman J.D. Hayworth and conservative Jim Deakin.

The Democrats are set to debate Friday in Phoenix. The event will be televised on KTVK Channel 3.

Glassman news release

Rodney Glassman Reports $1 Million in First Quarterly Report

Raises more than any previous Democrat for U.S. Senate against John McCain

PHOENIX, Ariz. - U.S. Senate candidate Rodney Glassman announced today that his campaign pulled in a seven-figure haul in his first quarterly reporting period.

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Glassman has raised more than any other Democratic challenger to John McCain during his 28-year run in Washington, D.C. McCain has spent nearly three decades building a career dedicated to making political points for national exposure rather than doing the day-to-day work for Arizonans and constituent service other senators focus on.

"Arizonans are rallying and coming together to support Rodney Glassman because they know he will put Arizona first," said Glassman Communications Director Dawn Teo. "Arizonans are fed up with having a U.S. Senator who brags about what he doesn't do for Arizona while spending a lot of time traveling outside of Arizona."

Glassman has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from more than 1400 individual donors, of which more than 80 percent are Arizonans who are desperate for a new direction for Arizona. Glassman has matched their donations. When he filed to run for U.S. Senate in April, he showed his deep commitment to Arizona by investing $250,000 with a goal of matching that figure through fundraising. He exceeded that goal within the first 3 weeks. Glassman subsequently invested another $250,000.

"Washington has failed us. John McCain has failed us. It's time we moved Arizona forward," said Glassman. "It's time we set Arizona on a new course that ensures Arizonans' tax dollars no longer go to other states just so that John McCain can make political points and run for president."

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Jul 8, 2010, 6:28 pm
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“Including his personal contributions, Glassman has raised more money than any other Democrat who has run against Sen. John McCain, the release said.”

As JaneAZ wrote, Glassman has raised $500,000.

You didn’t see Mike Bloomberg issuing a press release talking about the $73 million (!) his first New York City mayoral election campaign “raised” after he wrote a check for that amount.

Rodney, Rodney, Rodney ... learn to embrace your inner millionaire. We Americans love it, and we generally reward it at the ballot box.

Jul 7, 2010, 6:51 pm
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Rodney, stop telling the world (via Facebook) that you’ve raised over $1 million. You’ve raised $500,000. The rest is your own wealth. Arizona doesn’t need another disingenuous politician, and that’s why I support John Dougherty.

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