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Monday, October 17, 2011

Solomon Tops $221,000 in Contributions While Refusing Corporate PAC Money

Fulfilling his commitment to “corporate-free” fundraising, North Coast congressional candidate Norman Solomon reported in a new filing with the Federal Election Commission that his campaign raised more than $221,000 through the end of last month.

Reflecting the grassroots nature of his campaign, Solomon has received contributions from more than 1,900 different individuals.

Solomon—a progressive Democrat running for the open seat in California’s new coastal District 2, stretching from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border—continues to implement his pledge not to accept any contributions from corporate Political Action Committees.

With nearly 500 volunteers and a strong grassroots emphasis, Solomon noted his campaign’s focus on “people power over dollar power.”

He added: “This campaign is about people’s lives and staying true to principles—a new politics that gets back to serving real community needs, not Wall Street and corporate PACs.”

More than 70 percent of contributions to Solomon’s campaign have been for $50 or less, and contributors are increasingly returning to donate more. He said, “We’ve built a sustainable and principled fundraising approach. People give what they can and keep coming back, because they believe in this campaign.”

Solomon expressed hope that his opponents in the race will join his “corporate-free” pledge. “When people say they’re for campaign finance reform, it’s important for them to step up and put the money where their mouth is,” he commented. “It’s way past time to get corporate money out of politics.”

Solomon continued: “In these tough economic times, many people are voicing hope for my campaign to help change the direction of this country. Refusing to take a single corporate dollar is key to that change.”

As of Sept. 30, the Solomon campaign had raised a total of $221,447.

Now in his third term as an elected delegate to the California Democratic Party state central committee, Solomon is also national co-chair of the Healthcare Not Warfare campaign. The other co-chairs are Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Donna Smith of the California Nurses Association.

Solomon formally launched his campaign for Congress on Oct. 10 with stops in Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt counties.