HONOLULU [April 12, 2012] – Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign for U.S. Congress today announced her strongest fundraising quarter thus far, raising over $213,000 in the first quarter of 2012. Sixty-five percent of Tulsi’s donors are from Hawai’i, and 60 percent of all donations were $100 or less, signaling growing grassroots support.
Today’s numbers bring Gabbard’s fundraising total to date to $570,738 raised from 928 contributors, with $464,600 cash-on-hand. “This remains a clear two-person race between Tulsi and Mufi Hannemann,” said Tulsi for Hawai’i campaign manager Max Glass. "The momentum we continue to build with our campaign shows that Hawaii voters are increasingly recognizing that Tulsi is the fresh leadership we need in Congress to move Hawai’i forward.”
Tulsi Gabbard said, “What we’re hearing from voters across the state is that they want to send to Congress someone who will represent regular folks, not the rich and powerful giant corporations and Wall Street banks that our opponent represents.”
Fundraising Facts about Tulsi for Hawai’i:
Tulsi’s 1st Quarter fundraising numbers:
· Contributions: $213,017
· Cash on hand: $464,600
· Contributions of $100 or less: 60%
· Contributions from Hawai’i: 65%
· Total number of individual contributors: 604
As a member of the Hawai’i National Guard, Tulsi Gabbard served two tours of duty in the Middle East. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her service and was recently commissioned as a Captain.
A Democrat, Tulsi was the youngest woman in America ever elected to a state legislature when in 2002 at the age of 21 she won a Hawaii State House seat. Two years later Tulsi left her position in the legislature to voluntarily join her fellow soldiers being deployed to a war zone in Iraq. Between her two deployments to the Middle East, Tulsi served as an aide to Senator Daniel Akaka in the U.S. Senate. In 2010 she was elected to the Honolulu City Council where she chairs the Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs committee. Gabbard is a candidate for Hawaii's second congressional district encompassing rural Oahu and the Neighbor Islands.