Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Luger Out-Raises Opponent 3-to-1

Andy Luger’s Support Overwhelming - Fundraising Goals SurpassedDFL and Labor endorsed candidate out-raises opponent by a 3-to-1 margin

Hopkins, MN – DFL and Labor endorsed and first-time candidate for Hennepin County Attorney Andy Luger released his 2006 fundraising numbers today. Support for a new generation crime fighter for a new generation of crime shows in the numbers.

The Luger campaign reported raising $339,567 in 2006 with $219,972 cash on hand. To date, Luger has raised $456,000, compared to Mike Freeman’s $141,000 – a 3-to-1 margin.

“As a first time candidate you are judged on a variety of tasks along the campaign trail – fundraising is one of them. We set our goals high this year, and blew past them. We thank the thousands of supporters who have been with us to date. They have given us the energy, ideas and funds necessary to win in November,” Luger said of his fundraising boost.

Luger went on to say, “But, fundraising strength is only one important indication of support for the campaign. I am very pleased that such a broad cross section of Hennepin County voters -- from business and labor leaders to lawyers and community leaders -- have all decided to support my campaign financially. These fundraising numbers clearly indicate that our campaign has the broad support and momentum necessary to win this race.

Andy Luger is a former federal prosecutor who launched his campaign for Hennepin County Attorney over a year ago. Luger’s priorities as County Attorney include dismantling gangs, targeting repeat offenders, aggressively prosecuting domestic abuse and white collar crime, and investigating and prosecuting crimes against vulnerable adults. In addition, he has vowed to take a leadership role in creating an innovative and effective prisoner re-entry program in Hennepin County to reduce recidivism.

Candidates are required to file an annual report in non-election years. At the end of 2005, Luger had raised $117,000 compared to $37,000 from his opponent. He overwhelmingly defeated his opponent for the DFL endorsement this past June.

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