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White reports $9 million on hand

Not too shabby.

Democrat Bill White hit the mid-year mark with more than $9 million in the bank for his November challenge to Gov. Rick Perry. White raised $7.4 million since his last report, in February, bringing to $16.4 million the amount he’s raised since joining the race in early December.

The exact (top-line) numbers: Cash on Hand: $9,045,425.60; raised this period: $7,447,799.33

The press release from Team White is beneath the fold. The best part of this is that White outraised Rick Perry.

Gov. Rick Perry raised $7.1 million from his last report through June 30, bringing his campaign’s cash on hand at mid-year to $5.9 million. That’s less raised and less on hand than Democratic challenger Bill White is showing in his mid-year report; White raised $7.4 million and ended the period with $9 million in the bank — $3.1 million more than the incumbent.

Awesome. Yes, I know, Perry basically shot his wad during the primary – the eight days out report showed him with $2,478,753.35 on hand after spending nearly $9 million during the reporting period. White had $5,446,564.54 on hand but had spent much less to that point. Bottom line, that money’s gone, and White now has the advantage. Perry can try, but he can’t spin that away.

At the end of the last filing period on June 30, more than 16,000 supporters had contributed to Bill White’s campaign for governor, propelling White towards November with over $9 million cash on hand.

Grassroots support for White is strong. More than 75 percent of individual contributors gave $100 or less and over 11,700 new contributors joined the team this period.

“Texans from all backgrounds and political viewpoints see Bill White as someone who’s in it for Texas. People in over 200 Texas counties have generously contributed to the campaign, and over 11,700 contributors this period were first-time donors,” said Scott Atlas, Campaign Finance Chair. “There’s a growing sense that Texans are ready for a new governor.”

In the first two fundraising periods after entering the governor’s race, White raised more dollars than Perry. Between late February and the end of June, contributors poured more than $7.4 million into White’s campaign, with more than $16.6 million raised for his campaign for governor since December 4.

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