Democratic congressional candidate Walt Minnick says he’ll end the quarter with more than $400,000 in campaign contributions in 2007 – even though he just announced and started his campaign on Nov. 14. That tally includes $100,000 of his own funds, and leaves him at the end of the finance period Dec. 31 with more than $310,000 cash on hand in his campaign fund. Said Minnick supporter Cecil Andrus, “I think this man has the organization already set up, he has the fundraising squared away to run the race.” Minnick, who’s in a three-way Democratic race against Larry Grant and Rand Lewis for the chance to challenge 1st District GOP Rep. Bill Sali, said his fundraising should set a record for first-quarter fundraising by a Democratic congressional challenger. The quarterly campaign finance reports are due to the FEC Jan. 31. Sali is being challenged in the GOP primary by Iraq veteran Matt Salisbury.
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