At 4:00 pm this afternoon, I received an email from the Fischbach for Congress campaign committee. The email’s opening paragraph said “Michelle Fischbach, the former Lt. Governor of Minnesota and candidate for Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District, today reported raising an impressive $100,000 in her first quarterly filing with the Federal Election Commission.”
Then it continued, saying “Fischbach’s federal committee, Fischbach for Congress, will show receipts of over $100,000, with nearly $85,000 cash-on-hand for the filing period ending September 30, 2019. Making the numbers even more impressive is the fact that the committee wasn’t filed with the Federal Election Commission until September 3, 2019, which gave Fischbach only 27 days to fundraise before the quarterly reporting deadline. Minnesotans accounted for 95% of all donations, with almost half coming from residents of western Minnesota’s 7th District, including over 500 donors who gave $200 or less.”
That’s the definition of a strong fundraising first month. What’s most impressive to me is that 95% of her first month’s contributions came from Minnesotans. The next most impressive thing in this report is the amount of small donors. The reason why that’s important is because a high percentage of those contributions are likely voters.
What’s depressing, though not surprising, is the fact that Google is suppressing good news for Republicans. Here’s what I found in searching for articles on Lt. Gov. Fischbach’s fundraising report:
After reading this part of the Fischbach for Congress email, it has to be asked if Collin Peterson will run for re-election:
Fischbach’s strong first quarterly report demonstrates that her campaign is setting the foundation for a robust and aggressive operation and confirms the highly competitive nature of the 7th District race. In fact, immediately after she announced her campaign in September and pointing to her entrance into the race, Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball both moved Minnesota’s 7th District from Leans Democrat to Toss Up.
I can’t imagine Peterson likes the fact that AOC and Ilhan Omar have taken over his party. Still, it’s difficult picturing Peterson giving up without a fight. If he runs, which I think is likely, then I think it’s likely that he’ll lose.
These fundraising numbers, plus the shifting of the race from leans Democrat to straight toss-up, are indicators that this race has shifted. That shift didn’t favor Cranky Collin, either. Finally, the fact that the overwhelming majority of Fischbach’s support came from Minnesota can’t be read as anything except as a positive.