After years of corruption, cronyism, earmarks, and outright betrayal of our servicemen and women, people are getting the message that John P. Murtha no longer deserves a position of public trust. Col. William Russell is one who will restore honor and integrity in representing PA-12 and their values!
Murtha outraised in most recent quarter
In April, William Russell's name didn't even appear on the ballot because of a challenge to signatures on his nominating petition.
Three months later, Russell has outraised Rep. John Murtha, D-Johnstown, by $511,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter. The quarter ended on June 30.
While the veteran congressmen still has more than $1.6 million in the bank compared to $918,000 for the Army lieutenant colonel, the money is a much needed boost for the political newcomer's campaign.
“The average American is saying that's enough,” said Peg Luksik, Russell's campaign manager. “Right now they are voting with their pocketbooks. They want to volunteer and keep saying how can I help?”
Russell's campaign has $270,000 in cash on hand and about $242,000 in debt, while Murtha has more than $644,000 and about $3,700 in debt, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Luksik said even she is surprised with the response to Russell's campaign. The majority of his contributions were less than $50 and about 16,000 people made donations, Luksik said. Russell raised $670,000 while Murtha raised $119,000.
“About 73 percent of his donations are less than $50,” she said. “That's pretty amazing. This is truly a grassroots campaign.”
Sunday, July 20, 2008
William Russell, who has overcome the obstacle of RINO henchmen taking him off of the ballot, has now outraised Jihad Jack Murtha: