After reporting having over $2.5 million on hand last week, BOR has learned that John Sharp's U.S. Senate campaign raised $515,155 last quarter.
During this same period, Houston Mayor Bill White's campaign raised $1,876,163. White, who filed less than three weeks before Sharp, has raised over $2.6 million total, more than five times the amount Sharp has raised.
Here are the stats for Sharp's fundraising:
$515,155.00 - Total contributions other than loans
$514,955.00 - Net contributions other than loans
$2,001,678.10 - Loans made or guaranteed by the candidate
Now I think we know why the Sharp campaign did not want to disclose these numbers. It is hard to describe them as anything but disappointing.
Sharp's report not only puts him at less then one fifth of White's total, but it also puts him below recent Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate in Texas.
In his first fundraising report in 2007, Rick Noriega reported raising $570,000. Mikal Watts, who never even became an offical candidate, raised $1.1 million in his first quarter in 2007.