Another solid fundraising haul from Paul Spencer, one of four declared Democratic candidates for the state’s Second Congressional District: His campaign today announced that he raised more than $100,000 from more than 2,000 individual donors in the first quarter of 2018. It marks the second consecutive quarter Spencer has raised more than $100,000 from individual donors, “without the aid of any special interest or PAC.” He raised more than $135,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The campaign now has $120,000 cash on hand and has now raised a total of more than $250,000 this election cycle from more than 4,000 individuals, with an average donation of $38.

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Spencer, a teacher who also grows pecans and raises bees near his home in Scott, has been a dogged campaigner for ethics reforms in the state. Spencer is facing off in the Democratic primary against state Rep. Clarke Tucker, Gwen Combs, and Jonathan Dunkley (who we wrote about this morning). Spencer and Combs got in the race last summer, while Tucker and Dunkley threw their hats in the ring in February. The seat is currently held by Republican Rep. French Hill, and is likely Democrats’ best shot to nab a congressional seat in Arkansas in 2018.

The four will face off in a debate on KATV Wednesday night at 7 p.m.


Spencer released the following statement about his fundraising haul:

In the first quarter of 2018, our campaign has raised over $100,000 from over 2000 individual donors, leaving us with over $120,000 cash on hand. This brings our total amount raised for this election cycle to over $250,000 from over 4000 individuals in 49 states, with an average donation of $38. The huge number of donations we have received during the first quarter of 2018 proves that our campaign continues to have the enthusiasm and resources needed to win this race.

Every dollar we have raised has gone directly into field organization and reaching out to voters across the Second District. None of our contributions will be used to fund D.C. consultants with obsolete ideas and losing strategies. We are committed to running on issues that will make a difference to working Arkansans, such as a Medicare For All program, establishing postal banking, expanding affordable housing, and delivering quality broadband to every home in this district. We are confident that our bold vision of an America that works “From the Roots Up” and prioritizes working families will resonate with voters who have been looking for a fresh alternative to failed establishment politics.

We look forward to the remainder of the campaign and will continue taking our message to every voter in the Second District.