U.S. Rep. Duncan’s challenger has strong fundraising quarter


Kirk Brown , kirk.brown@independentmail.com
Published 4:37 p.m. ET July 17, 2017 | Updated 5:32 p.m. ET July 17, 2017

Democrat Mary Geren collected more campaign money from individual donors from April through June than U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan

Mary Geren, a Democrat from Anderson who is running against U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, received more campaign money from individual donors in the past three months than the fourth-term Republican congressman did.

Geren has collected nearly $18,000 from more than 240 donors since kicking off her campaign in April for South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District seat, according to a July 15 report that her campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The bulk of her donations, $11,268, were collected through ActBlue, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit fundraising operation. ActBlue has raised more than $1.7 billion for Democratic candidates across the nation since it was founded in 2004.

Duncan has received $17,575 in campaign contributions from individuals since Jan. 1, including almost $13,000 from April through June, according to a July 13 report that his campaign filed with the FEC.

Duncan has collected almost $38,000 in campaign contributions from political action committees this year, including nearly $30,000 in the last quarter. He reported receiving separate $2,500 donations last month from the Koch Industries Inc. Political Action Committee, the National Emergency Medicine PAC, the National Association of Convenience Stores Political Action Committee and the National Council of Textile Organization PAC.

According to the latest reports, Duncan has $52,643 in campaign cash on hand, compared to $8,442 in campaign cash on hand for Geren.

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Geren, who is an English instructor at Tri-County Technical College, already has collected more money from campaign donors than the combined total of Duncan’s last two Democratic challengers, Barbara Jo Mullis and Hosea Cleveland. 

In a statement issued by her campaign Monday, Geren said her strong fundraising start “shows my message is resonating across the district.”

“This educator and mama is working hard to earn the support of voters in the 3rd Congressional District,” Geren said. “I’m going to fight for working-class families, and I won’t be another bought-and-paid-for politician when I get to Washington, D.C.”

A spokesman for Duncan declined to comment on the most recent campaign fundraising reports.

Since being elected in 2010, Duncan has not been seriously challenged in a district that covers most of western South Carolina, including part of Greenville and all of Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.

Duncan raised $612,000 for his 2014 re-election campaign and nearly $617,000 for his 2016 re-election campaign, according to FEC records. About 58 percent of his contributions in those races came from political action committees. He received more than 70 percent of the votes in both elections.

Geren said she believes Duncan is more interested in representing special interest groups and corporations than his constituents.

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Campaign contributions

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, a Republican from Laurens, has received $37,891 in campaign contributions from political committees and $17,575 in donations from individuals this year. He currently has $52,643 in campaign cash on hand.

Mary Geren, a Democrat from Anderson, has collected $17,997 in campaign contributions from individual donors since April. She currently has $8,442 in campaign cash on hand.

Source: Federal Election Commission

 

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