Tiahrt for Senate – TIAHRT RAISES RECORD $450,000 IN SECOND QUARTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michelle Schroeder

July 14, 2010 785/249-8095

TIAHRT RAISES RECORD $450,000 IN SECOND QUARTER

Narrows Primary Cash-on-Hand Lead to $800,000

Shawnee, Kan. – One day following the announcement that illegal immigration opponent Tom Tancredo withdrew his endorsement of Congressman Jerry Moran (R-Hays) and endorsed Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-Goddard), Tiahrt announced that his campaign raised a record $450,987 in the second quarter of 2010. Tiahrt ended the quarter with $1,282,934 cash-on-hand, cutting the cash-on-hand primary lead to $800,000.

Tiahrt also continues to win the support of Kansans who are uncomfortable with Congressman Moran’s support for amnesty and his 12 votes to raise taxes on Kansas families and small businesses.

As of June 30th, Tiahrt had $1,283,000 cash-on-hand to Moran’s $2,239,000. Once general election money is factored in, Moran’s lead shrinks even further to $800,000 ($1,092,000 for Tiahrt versus $1,900,000 for Moran).

General election contributions cannot be spent on the primary election and are held in escrow until after a candidate wins the primary. If a candidate doesn’t win the primary; general election contributions must be returned to donors.

“Our record-breaking fundraising numbers are reflective of the momentum we see across the state as more Kansans are throwing their support behind Todd Tiahrt who has never voted for a tax increase and has the backing of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express,” said Michelle Schroeder, Tiahrt for Senate Communications Director. “The Tiahrt campaign has caught fire with former Moran supporters joining Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express supporting Todd Tiahrt in the Senate race. We are seeing Congressman Moran’s campaign flounder and begin to fall apart in these final weeks – which is what we’ve always projected given Congressman Moran’s 12 votes to raise our taxes and his dishonesty about his vote to give amnesty to illegal immigrants.”

Former Moran supporter Tom Tancredo endorsed Tiahrt this week saying he had been given “untrue and incomplete information from the Moran for Senate campaign and Congressman Moran himself.” He went to say, “After independent research, I have learned disturbing information about Congressman Moran’s support of amnesty and benefits for illegal immigrants.”

As of March 31st, (the latest available public data) Moran had $339,000 in 2010 general contributions to $191,000 in general contributions for Tiahrt. General election contributions cannot be spent on the primary election and are held in escrow until after a candidate wins the primary. If a candidate doesn’t win the primary, general election contributions must be returned to donors.

Tiahrt is the leading conservative running to replace Sam Brownback in the United States Senate. He is consistently rated as the most conservative member of the Kansas delegation and holds the highest lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union and the National Taxpayers Union. He is the only candidate for the Senate who has never voted for a tax increase, and he has been recognized throughout his career for fighting for lower taxes, traditional values and limited government.

Tiahrt has been endorsed by conservative leaders from across the state and nation who support Tiahrt, including Gov. Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Sean Hannity, Dr. James Dobson, Steve Forbes, Dick Morris, Rep. Mike Pence, former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, Sen. Jim Inhofe, Kansas House Majority Leader Ray Merrick, Kansas House Speaker Pro Tem Arlen Siegfreid, Kansas House Assistant Majority Leader Peggy Mast, Kansas House Majority Whip Rob Olson, 23 Fourth District State Legislators, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Morton Blackwell, Tony Perkins, David Keene, former Sen. George Allen, Congressman Mike Rogers, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, former Congressman Jim Ryun, and conservative talk radio icon Mark Levin.

Tiahrt also has the support of conservative groups, such as the Tea Party Express, the Northwest Johnson County Republicans organization, the Kansas 9.12 Project, the Kansas Federation of College Republicans, the Independence Caucus of Kansas, Concerned Women for America PAC, Kansans for Life PAC, Family Research Council PAC, Citizens United, the Traditional Values Coalition and Eagle Forum.

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