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  • Thursday, May 06, 2010

    NC-5 Congressional Race: Democrat Bill Kennedy Outraises Republican Virginia Foxx

    Virginia Foxx is one of the worst Republicans. She is one of the Katrina 11, the 11 Republicans who voted "No" on the bill that Congress approved and Bush signed to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Katrina 11, including Virgiia Foxx, are cold-hearted bastards who would willingly see Americans die for the sake of more tax cuts for the wealthy. She is also is one of only 33 Republicans who opposed extension of the Voting Rights Act in July 2006. Her biggest contribution to American law making was to introduce an act to praise the Christmas Tree industry. So she loves Christmas trees but hates black people.

    Billy Kennedy is running against Virginia Foxx and he strikes me as an excellent candidate. Here is one of his latest videos:

    Bill Kennedy has reported his recent fundraising numbers, and he has actually outraised incumbent Republican Virginia Foxx, getting his contributions mostly from small donors as compared with the big business donations Foxx is getting. From Kennedy's campaign:

    Billy Kennedy Beats Virginia Foxx in First Quarter 2010 Individual Contributions

    BETHEL, NC - Newcomer Congressional candidate Billy Kennedy surprised political pundits on Tuesday by matching incumbent Representative Virginia Foxx (NC-5) in first quarter 2010 financial contributions and widely exceeded Foxx in the number of individual donors, according to official filings with the Federal Elections Commission by both candidates for the quarter covering January 1 - March 31.

    Kennedy took in over $91,109 in contributions from individuals, compared to Foxx's $69,097. A full third of Foxx's total contributions came from political action committees (PACs), including the American Bankers' Association, the National Association of Health Underwriters, and the National Association of Realtors PAC.

    Less than one percent of Kennedy's contributions came from PACs. Instead, Kennedy amassed his impressive numbers from over 900 individual donors who gave small sums.

    "We set a financial goal for the first quarter and exceeded it. I am overwhelmed at the generosity of regular working people who gave $10 or $20 because that's what they could afford and because they want new representation in Washington," said Kennedy.

    "People are sending a message to my opponent loud and clear: you've been in Washington too long, and we've got nothing but hard times to show for it."

    Kennedy is running on a populist platform that promises to "send a working man to clean up the House." He says the people of North Carolina's 5th District know they are poorly represented by incumbent Virginia Foxx and are ready for someone who will vote in their interest rather than the interests of PACs, big banks, and corporate CEOs.

    Best of luck to Bill Kennedy! If you live in his district, please volunteer for his campaign and help get a real populist, working-class Democrat elected. And if you can, please donate to help defeat the remaining Katria 11 Republicans.


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