Boise Democratic state Sen. Nicole LeFavour says she has not given up her fundraising goal although shes raised about $88,000, compared to seven-term GOP Rep. Mike Simpsons $194,000 in the quarter ending June 30.
Simpson is now near the $1 million mark, at $954,000 for the election cycle, while LeFavours total is $156,000. Election Day is Nov. 6.
In April, LeFavour said she needed $1 million to unseat Simpson. Shed raised almost $59,000 in the last two weeks of March and said she expected support from national groups as an openly gay lawmaker.
LeFavour said in an email the $1 million will include donations from national organizations and hopefully some independent expenditures. So far, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which supported her in her four legislative races, has stayed neutral in this race.
LeFavour has raised just $2,900 from political action committees, with $2,500 of that from the Ironworkers Political Action League. Simpson has raised $593,000 from PACs.
National money takes time and proving yourself with your own fundraising and field work with voters across the district, LeFavour said, adding that she has commitments from several national groups who have scheduled fundraisers in Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Boston.
Simpson declined comment on LeFavour reaching about 16 percent of her goal: I am focused on my own campaign.
Despite Simpsons big overall advantage, his edge in cash-on-hand is smaller. Simpson had about $197,000 banked on June 30, LeFavour $118,000.
Simpson notes that he gave $300,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee to help elect other Republicans. My fundraising efforts so far this cycle clearly demonstrate that I will be able to raise the resources necessary to run an effective and victorious campaign this fall.
Dan Popkey: 377-6438, Twitter: @IDS_politics