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August 29, 2007

Bush visit raised over $600,000

Posted by David Postman at 7:07 AM

Most of the money, $500,000, raised by President Bush's Monday visit was for Congressman Dave Reichert and the state party. Reichert Chief of Staff Mike Shields said they don't yet know how much of that was from maxed out Reichert donors and will have to be forwarded to the party.

But Democrat Darcy Burner also raised $122,000 from visit, said Burner aide Sandeep Kaushik. That came from 3,192 online donors and exceeded the goal of 3,000 donors to "Burn Bush for Burner" that had been set by the nation's top liberal blogger, Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos. Kaushik told me the campaign was "still a little thunderstruck by it."

"It shows the growing power of the netroots. And their growing sophistication."

The protests or collateral money raised by Burner didn't diminish the Reichert camp's pleasure with having the president in the district. Shields said of the president:

"We asked him very early, put a request in in January, as soon as the last campaign was over almost, because we knew he would be able to come in and raise a tremendous amount of money for us."

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