SAN ANTONIO - The Gallego for Congress campaign continues to gain momentum in efforts to unseat Republican Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco of the 23rd Congressional District.
According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, the campaign of current state Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, raised $25,899.96 more than Canseco despite collecting contributions only in the last three weeks of the federal quarterly reporting period.
"I am pleased with the strong response to my candidacy," Gallego said. "My campaign was able to raise a significant amount.
"The voters of the 23rd District are ready for a positive change," he added. "They want to fix what is broken. They want to restore civility, restart our economy and protect our families. They value patriotism above politics."
The Canseco campaign reported only $109,333 despite U.S. House Speaker John Boehner attending a fundraiser in Austin's Chase Bank building on Canseco's behalf.
"You would think a sitting congressman and the speaker of the U.S. House would have the ability to generate more financial support," said J.R. Starrett, Gallego's campaign manager. "The fact that Rep. Canseco is having to fly in Washington elite this early in the race shows the NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) is afraid the 23rd Congressional District will turn blue in November."
Gallego's campaign accepted 193 contributions, becoming the first Democratic candidate in the March primary election for the 23rd District to reach the $100,000 cash-on-hand threshold.
"Democrats have the opportunity to take back the 23rd, and early momentum is pivotal to a November victory," Starrett said.
Former U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, remains in the March 6 primary contest. However, he continues to struggle to raise the contributions needed to build a viable campaign.
"It's surprising that Mr. Rodriguez is struggling to barely break the $50,000 mark, especially given his prior 12 years in Congress," Starrett said.
"After less than one month of fundraising, Representative Gallego has nearly a three-to-one dollar advantage over his nearest democratic opponent. This shows a growing momentum behind the Gallego campaign."
Fundraising by the numbers:
Gallego for Congress: Third quarter raised, $135,511; cash on hand, $133,232.96; first contribution received, Sept. 9; individual contributors, 193 ; average contribution, $702.13 ; Texas contributors, 190
Rodriguez for Congress: Third quarter raised, $35,315.40 ; cash on hand, $50,725.07
Canseco for Congress : Third quarter raised, $109,333; cash on hand: $460,641.35