Marshall also has the lead in fundraising for the fourth quarter of 2007, with about $191,800 raised to Goddard's $163,900.
From Doug Moore, Marshall's press secretary:
Jim Marshall has increased his cash-on-hand advantage in every quarter of this race. In fact, Rick Goddard is lagging far behind Mac Collins's 2006 numbers while Jim Marshall has increased his fundraising pace.
I checked the numbers and Doug is right. This time in 2006 Collins, a former congressman who was trying to unseat Marshall back then, had $542,500 on hand and had just finished raising $354,400.
You can read get all of these figures at www.fec.gov. It's a little complicated, so if you have trouble, drop me an email at email@example.com and we'll set up a phone call and I'll walk you through it.
By the way, Collins still may run against Goddard for the Republican nomination. His most recent filling shows very little activity in from the last few months. He's still got about $133,000 on hand, mostly from a loan he made to his the campaign committee.
UPDATE: Response from Tim Baker, spokesman for the Goddard campaign:
Over 70 percent of Rick's contributions during the last six months are from individual donors... Everyday, 8th District Georgians tell Rick that Washington is broken and it's clear they are looking for new leadership by the amount of support Rick is receiving from Georgians across the district.
On the other hand, Jim doesn't think Congress is broken and that is why Washington is bank rolling his campaign. Nearly two-thirds of his contributions come from Washington and his liberal leadership that are desperately trying to hold on to power.
Boy, that sounds like something I should fact check, huh? If you add the non-individual donations Marshall has gotten to date (that's the "Political Party Committees" and "Other Political Committees such as PACS" line items) and divide by his total donations, you get 68 percent.
But I don't know how fair it is to call that "Washington" money since it includes things like the American Peanut Shellers PAC, based in Albany, just as it does the Teamsters DRIVE Political Fund, based in D.C.
I added up all the money Marshall got in this most recent period that came from a D.C. address, or an address in nearby Virginia, and that worked out to about 38 percent. Tim said the point is this: Goddard is relying more on individual donations than Marshall, and that seems like a fair statement.
The money Goddard has gotten from PACS to date (he lists nothing from party committees) totals about $123,000, or 28 percent of his total.
As for Marshall not thinking that Washington is broken and his liberal leadership being desperate to hold on to power, that's a little harder to fact check. I do know some liberals who don't consider Marshall particularly liberal.
To continue from the Goddard campaign's statement:
To compare Mac Collins' fundraising in 2006 to Rick's is like comparing apples to oranges. The story here is not Mac verses Rick, but rather the needs of our country aren't being addressed because Jim Marshall and this Congress have failed the American people.
Let's go ahead and assume that Rep. Marshall's camp will disagree that he has failed the American people. He has certainly called out Congress in the past for the extremism, from both parties, that leads to gridlock.
At the moment, I'm wishing neither candidate could raise any money, because I'm not looking forward to a repeat 2006's advertising slugfest, during which the Collins campaign repeatedly distorted Marshall's record.
At one point I wrote this sentence, I kid you not:
To the best of our knowledge Marshall does not want Spanish- speaking illegal immigrants to overwhelm the country's welfare system, as has been implied.
Not to left off of the low road, the Marshall campaign put out an ad that referred to Collins as "Metro Mac" and implied that he didn't understand the needs of rural Georgia. Collins is from Flovilla, population 700. At the time of the ad he lived in Butts County. Even Tom Baxter knows that ain't Atlanta.
I really don't think I can take another campaign like that.
By the way, I neglected to look up fundraising figures earlier for potential Democratic primary challenger Robert Nowak, who has announced a run against Marshall. He has $7,146 on hand.