By Jim Huffman for US Senate Campaign,
On the very day that Jim Huffman, candidate for the U.S. Senate, released his April 28th FEC report, he learned that his opponent, Senator Ron Wyden, accused him of being “deep pocketed” in a direct mail fundraising letter.
“Our fundraising efforts are moving along quite well,” said Huffman, who reported contributions of $43,515 for the four week period ending April 28th. “But it’s pretty odd that someone with $3.7 million in the bank would accuse his opponent of having deep pockets.”
According to OpenSecrets.org, during the 2010 election cycle Ron Wyden has accepted PAC contributions in excess of $935,000. Almost 65% of Ron Wyden’s contributions come from out of state, and he has raised more money from the state of New York than from Oregon.
Yet in his fundraising letter Ron Wyden says “Republicans are pouring out-of-state money into Oregon.” Of Jim Huffman’s receipts so far, less than 5% have come from out-of-state, and none at all have come from PACs.
“People in Oregon have grown weary of career politicians like Ron Wyden misleading them in order to extract money from them,” said Huffman. “After 30 years in Congress, Wyden’s record of actual accomplishment is still so thin that he apparently feels the need to misrepresent my fundraising — falsely accusing me of doing exactly what he has done — in order to get people to contribute to him.
“I’m very grateful for the outpouring of support from people all over Oregon — many who say they have never been involved in politics before. It shows how hungry people are to change the direction the country is headed under the leadership of career politicians like Ron Wyden.”