Alabama Congressman Parker Griffith’s Dec. 22 switch from the Democratic Party to the GOP hasn’t played out terribly well so far. And here’s another piece of bad news for him: During a period of time that included Griffith’s surprise switch, Griffith’s primary challenger managed to outraise the incumbent. Tea Party Republican Les Phillip raised $228,534 from October to December 2009, while Griffith raised just $172,004, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Griffith also shelled out $19,550 in refunds last quarter, most of which went to Democratic supporters who wanted their money back after Griffith joined the GOP.
So, are these numbers a sign of fundraising struggles to come for Griffith or future GOP strength for Phillip?
Well, before Phillip supporters get too excited, check out Griffith’s overall totals: $1,074,727 raised and $714,835 on hand. Phillip reported $364,138 raised and $66,108 on hand. And Phillip’s total raised includes a personal loan in the amount of $50,341.
One expense Griffith will definitely be saving: those National Democratic Club membership dues he’s been reporting to the FEC.
h/t TWI reader Steve