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OCTOBER 15, 2003
1:27 PM
CONTACT:  Kucinich.US
Jeff Cohen 845-679-3313
Kucinich Fundraising Increases
WASHINGTON - October 15 - While many presidential campaigns declined in fundraising, the insurgent Kucinich campaign today is filing its financial statement showing an increase. This quarter's total, much of it raised on the Internet, was $1.65 million -- beating last quarter's $1.54 million.

Kucinich fundraising is grass roots fundraising with the average donation this quarter $72. Nearly $1 million was raised in September alone. The campaign ended the quarter with roughly $800,000 cash on hand.

In less than 8 months since launching, the campaign has raised more than $3.5 million, the vast majority of which will be federally matched. As a grass roots campaign with a huge volunteer base, Kucinich for President doesn't need to equal other campaigns dollar for dollar.

While some pundits wish the Kucinich campaign would just go away, it has surged in recent weeks. Small-donor house parties across the country on Sept. 21 raised nearly $300,000 and many more are planned for the next months. The announcement kick-off tour to a dozen cities in the last 3 days has been a smash success, with large enthusiastic crowds (Minnesota Public Radio estimated last night's Minneapolis crowd at 2,000) -- and appearances by well-known figures such as Ani DiFranco, Studs Terkel, Mimi Kennedy and Dr. Patch Adams.

Endorsements keep rolling in -- from Democratic leaders (including Minnesota State Senate Majority leader John Hottinger and New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner E. Shirley Baca), as well as Green Party allies like recent VP candidate Winona LaDuke


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