Bothwell out-raises Shuler in third quarter
Challenger Cecil Bothwell raised more money from individual donors than incumbent Rep. Heath Shuler according to 3rd quarter filings with the Federal Election Commission. Supporters kicked in $16,500 to the Bothwell campaign, while adding only $10,000 to Shuler's war chest. Overall, Shuler took in $87,000, mostly from corporate PACs.
Bothwell said,. "I think the difference in individual donations makes it clear that folks who care about the direction of this District and our country are voting with their dollars. My campaign is being supported by real people, people in the 11th District who are going to vote for change. Ours is a grassroots, populist campaign, dedicated to practical solutions, so the numbers are trending in our direction."
Bothwell has announced that he will not accept any corporate PAC money. "Government ought not to be for sale. When my opponent accepts $24,000 in campaign cash from AT&T and then becomes the lead congressional advocate for the job-killing AT&T/T-Mobile merger, it's pretty obvious who's calling the shots."
This weekend the contrast between the two campaigns couldn't be more clear. While Bothwell is hosting a birthday/campaign kickoff party at the Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall on Sunday evening ($25 suggested donation), Shuler is hosting a weekend event at the Biltmore Estate with a $5,000 ticket price.
Cecil Bothwell was shaking hands with President Barack Obama in Asheville this week, and Rep. Shuler was half way around the world in Sri Lanka. The geographic divide was richly symbolic given that Obama was here to tout his American Jobs Act. Bothwell has endorsed the plan, while Shuler sides with the Republicans who oppose the bill.