Brown posts strong quarter, announces early congressional endorsements |

Brown posts strong quarter, announces early congressional endorsements

Staff and wire reports

The Charlie Brown for Congress campaign reported yesterday that it had raised more than $212,000 during the third of this year, with more than $382,000 in cash on hand.

The retired Air Force lieutenant colonel’s third quarter numbers far exceeded the totals of every other declared Congressional District 4 candidate combined. The district includes the Lake Tahoe portion of El Dorado County.

Brown, a Democrat, nearly beat Republican Congressman John Doolittle, R-Roseville, who has been embroiled in controversy because of his ties to jailed GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Doolittle has repeatedly denied he has done anything wrong, and no charges have been brought up against him. However, FBI agents raided his home in April and six of his current and former staffers have been served with subpoenas by a federal grand jury in Washington investigating those connections, including payments Abramoff made to Doolittle’s wife, Julie, to plan a fundraiser that ended up getting canceled.

Doolittle reported having raised just over $50,000 during the third quarter of this year, while Eric Egland, a former Doolittle supporter who will run against the congressman for the nomination, has raised nearly $80,000 in donations.

Republican challenger Mike Holmes, a Auburn city councilman, reported just over $12,000 in contributions. Republican state Assemblyman Ted Gaines, who has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run, didn’t file fundraising numbers with the Federal Election Commission.

To date, Brown has raised nearly half a million dollars toward the 2008 campaign, on the strength of more than 6,000 campaign donors.

“The strong response we are getting from Democrats and Republicans alike has been very encouraging,” Brown said in a press statement. “It shows that people are looking for a candidate who puts loyalty to this country and problem solving ahead of partisanship or political opportunism.”

At his Sept. 7 campaign launch, Brown pledged to donate 5 percent of campaign proceeds to organizations serving military veterans and families in need. Not including the nearly $5,000 Brown raised for charity earlier this year, more than $9,000 additional dollars have been generated. The Brown campaign is planning to make its first round of veterans challenge donations at the end of 2007.

Brown has also announced a number of endorsements, including: International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3, Communication Workers of America, United Transportation Union, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 340, Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 162, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 447, and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Locals 487 and 767.

“I’m proud to have the support of working families in this campaign,” Brown said. “The fact is that this government’s failures on immigration, trade, healthcare, pension security and so many other issues have hurt the middle class and our ability to compete in the global economy.”

Brown campaign spokesman Todd Stenhouse factored in many reasons for the fundraising edge.

“Here’s a guy who has dedicated his life defending his country, who is willing to take on the tough issues and is proven to generate results and bring people of all stripes together,” Stenhouse said. “It is not what you see out there on the other side. And the numbers speak volumes. It shows the people are seeing a better and a more hopeful and a more secure future with Charlie Brown as their voice in Congress.”

” The Associated Press and Tribune Web editor Jeff Munson contributed to this story.

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