Democrat Jack McDonald, who is running for Congress in the TX-10 district (which runs from north Austin to northwest Harris County) will report raising over $634,000 in the four months since his exploratory committee formed. From the press release (bold emphasis added):
McDonald, a successful self-made businessman, has yet to announce his candidacy officially or hold a single formal fundraiser.
McDonald has been setting fundraising records that are garnering national attention since he formed his Exploratory Committee in February 2009. McDonald raised $312,000 in the first quarter of 2009, more than any other Democratic Congressional challenger in the country. The campaign will report on July 15 that it has raised over $322,000 in the second quarter, which will likely keep McDonald at the top of the national fundraising list for the second consecutive quarter. McDonald will report over $550,000 in cash on hand as of June 30.In addition, in a June 5 article in the National Journal, the executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee referred to the 10th District of Texas as a top 10 race in the nation for 2010.
“We’ve been listening, and Texans are telling us in no uncertain terms that they want leaders with real-world experience who will put aside partisan politics to focus on creating jobs, improving education and healthcare and keeping Texas competitive in the global economy,” said McDonald. “I am truly honored to have the support of Republicans, Independents and Democrats in the District who want independent, fiscally-responsible leaders who will do what’s right for the District, Texas and our country.”
McDonald's fundraising numbers have continued to impress. What we'll have to see next is how his campaign transitions out of fundraising mode and into field and outreach. But with money like that, McDonald is one of the most exciting Democratic congressional candidates not only in Texas, but in the entire country.