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07 January 2010

Porter Reacts To Barnes' Fundraising Reports

Slowly circulating around the state's political circles Thursday evening is the report that former Gov. Roy Barnes will post an impressive haul of campaign cash for the second half of 2009.

Aaron Gould Sheinin writes that "Barnes hasn’t lost a step when it comes to raising campaign cash."

Barnes, who broke state fund-raising records with nearly $20 million in his failed 2002 re-election bid, will report that he has raised more than $2.7 million for his bid for another term as governor in 2010.

This is Barnes’ first report since entering the race in July, but his total raised is more than twice as much as the next most prolific candidate, Republican Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine. Oxendine raised $1.4 million between April 2008, when he first announced he was running for governor, and June 30, the last time he reported his campaign finances.

Gould Sheinin, Aaron (2010-1-7). Barnes raises $2.7 million in six months. Gold Dome Live. Retrieved on 2010-1-7.

House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter became the first gubernatorial candidate to react to Barnes' fundraising numbers.

"No one has ever questioned his ability to raise money," Porter said. "While he has been dialing for dollars, I have been out working and listening to the voices of the people. I have been asking Georgians for their concerns while he has been asking for their cash. We have already seen what happened between a big money versus a grassroots campaign and I have choosen to run a grassroots campaign."