On the heels of two days of record donations, Herman Cain’s upstart presidential campaign will keep the money ball rolling with a seven-day Iowa fundraising blitz.
The money bomb, launched at midnight last night, has actually been in the works for a while. This week’s record fundraising have actually made the donations kind of unnecessary, but the Cain camp has wisely opted to capitalise on the momentum of the sexual harassment story.
The goal is to raise $999,000 (duh) to build up Cain’s field operations in Iowa, which will host the first 2012 Republican nominating contest on January 3. Donations will go to Cain’s Iowa Fund, hosted at www.IowaFund.com (the site wasn’t working the next time when this post went up).
“The fight for Iowa has already started,” Cain’s state chairman Steve Grubbs said in a statement this morning. “The other Republican candidates, the liberal media, and even President Obama have begun to publicly attack Mr. Cain because they are intimidated by his “9-9-9 Plan” and his ability to connect with Americans. As Mr. Cain continues to pull away in the polls, we expect the attacks to continue.”
ORIGINAL POST, 11/2/11 8:02 p.m.:
In a release emailed to the press tonight, Cain communications director JD Gordon announced that the campaign broke its daily fundraising record for the second consecutive day Tuesday, surpassing Monday’s record $250,000 total. According to the statement, Cain’s campaign has now raised nearly $1 million in the past 48 hours alone.
The Cain camp is now ramping up efforts to push back on the growing sexual harassment controversy that has plagued the campaign this week. In another statement sent earlier this evening, Cain’s team flatly denies the allegations, and accuses Rick Perry’s campaign of leaking the story to derail the threat of Cain’s surging presidential bid.
Here’s the statement, from Cain’s now famous chief of staff Mark Block:
“The American people deserve better than these underhanded tactics by the Perry campaign. And Rick Perry owes Mr. Cain’s family an apology. A desperate candidate is trying to steal the Republican nomination away from Mr. Cain…Since Politico released an attack story based on anonymous accusers, which was almost certainly provided to them by the Rick Perry campaign, Mr. Cain has taken the honorable path – he has been upfront and honest with the American people.”
“The American people — and Herman Cain’s family — deserve better than these types of deceitful attacks by politicians. It’s precisely this political mentality of infighting by politicians that is keeping America from solving the problems of job creation and border security. Fortunately, Herman Cain is no politician – he’s a problem solver. Even amongst these attacks we’re redoubling our efforts and not allowing these distracters to take us off course. This swelling of public support will help Herman continue spreading his message of real leadership and real problem solving across the country.”
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