GRAND RAPIDS –
West Michigan native and Democratic Congressional candidate Trevor Thomas (MI-3) released record breaking finance numbers ahead of his first filing with the Federal Election Commission due on April 15. Thomas, who is openly gay, announced his bid for Congress on Feb. 13 and formally kicked off his campaign on March 10. Seven hundred and forty nine donors contributed $100,522 in less than 7 weeks.
Thomas is hoping to challenge incumbent Republican Justin Amash in November’s general election, but will first have to win an August primary battle against fellow Democrat Steve Pestka.
“We know what wins a primary is people, and they are clearly engaged at record levels in our campaign. From small dollar donations to volunteering and online engagement, the people and families who face continued pressures are demanding a fair shake here in West Michigan,” said Thomas.
“Our operation will grow as folks hear our message and what I’m fighting for each day: working class families and making sure we all have a level playing field; women who are under attack and in jeopardy of having their rights taken away; young people and parents who are facing a student loan crisis; and our veterans who are struggling to get their benefits.”
Total Funds Raised:
Trevor For Congress 2012 cycle in seven weeks: $100,522.14
Comparison: Justin Amash 2010 cycle Q1: $90,963.80
Comparison: Pat Miles 2010 cycle Q1: $57,230.00
Total Cash On Hand:
Trevor For Congress 2012 current cash on hand: $85,954.48
Comparison: Justin Amash 2010 cycle Q1: $66,062.62 (includes $25,100.00 in personal candidate campaign loans)
Comparison: Pat Miles 2010 cycle Q1: $106,644.34 (includes $50,000.00 in personal candidate campaign loans)
Follow the campaign online at http://trevorforcongress.com