Minnick Posts Strong Fundraising Numbers

Posted July 7, 2010 at 6:05pm

First-term Rep. Walt Minnick raised an impressive $410,000 for his re-election effort from April to June, putting the Idaho Democrat’s total raised for the cycle at more than $1.9 million.

Minnick, whose conservative seat has long been viewed as a top takeover target for Republicans this cycle, began July with more than $1.1 million in cash on hand.

Minnick’s strong fundraising numbers top off what have been a good couple of weeks for the Member. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is generally viewed as a more Republican-friendly organization, praised Minnick last week as a champion for Idaho’s businesses and workers.

Meanwhile, national Republicans are still reeling from losing their preferred candidate in the GOP primary for Idaho’s 1st district. Vaughn Ward lost to state Rep. Raul Labrador in May.

Labrador has not released recent fundraising figures, but as of two weeks before his primary, he had raised less than $175,000. The pressure will be on Labrador to show a strong fundraising performance in the weeks after winning the GOP nomination as a way of convincing party officials that Idaho’s 1st district is still a top-tier race.

Minnick spokesman John Foster said Wednesday that the lawmaker’s fundraising performance was “another indication of the hard work Walt’s willing to put in to run a good campaign and of the strong support he’s received.”