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MARKELL: CAMPAIGN BANKS $2.5 MILLION FOR GOVERNOR'S RACE

Posted: Jan. 9, 2008

Jack Markell, the Democratic state treasurer running for governor, announced Wednesday that his campaign will file a record-shattering campaign finance report later this month, when it will report that almost 3,000 supporters contributed more than $1.6 million in new donations last year.

The fund-raising total for 2007 does not include any personal loans to the campaign. It is the largest amount in a single year for a Democratic candidate for governor in Delaware history.

Markell completed the year with about $2.5 million in the bank after spending about $500,000. His financial report, which will be filed with the Department of Elections by the deadline on Jan. 20, covers all activity between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2007.

"With so many people contributing their time and money to the campaign, it shows that an overwhelming number of Delawareans share my vision. I'm the only candidate with a plan to improve Delaware by providing high quality, affordable health care to all Delawareans, to create 25,000 jobs during my first term in office and to make Delaware a national leader in renewable energy and conservation, Markell said.

"All over the state I hear the same thing again and again. Delawareans love it here, but they know we can do better. There is a thirst for change, and my campaign is riding a wave of momentum from supporters who want to be a part of that change." 

Markell's cash on hand is almost quadruple what Governor Ruth Ann Minner reported at the beginning of 2004, when she was running for a second term with $636,190 in the bank.

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