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Tea Partier Outraises Griffith Over Period of Party Switch

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

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Feb 03, 2010

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

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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