Ward Soars Past $1 Million Raised in the Third Quarter with Rapidly Expanding Donor Base

Nationally syndicated radio show host Laura Ingraham to headline fundraiser next week as part of a growing fundraising effort for Ward’s campaign

Tempe, AZ – The campaign of Dr. Kelli Ward, candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona, today is releasing fundraising figures on the third quarter campaign finance report being filed later this week.  In addition, nationally syndicated radio show host Laura Ingraham is set to headline a fundraising event for Dr. Ward next Tuesday evening.

“Dr. Ward’s campaign to retire Senator Jeff Flake is gaining incredible momentum,” said Brent Lowder, chief strategist for the campaign.  “Her campaign has over 15,000 individual donations, whereas Senator Flake has reported just over 1,100 donations so far this year.  This massive disparity means that Dr. Ward’s fundraising base will continue to expand in the months ahead, while Senator Flake’s donor pool is much more limited and will max out.  Senator Flake and his supporters should be very worried about this trend.”

Ward recently released details on her “Senate Kickoff Event,” which will host well-known conservative political commentator Laura Ingraham at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. In August, Ingraham formally endorsed Ward in the 2018 Republican primary.

Ward campaign fundraising figures, highlights and contrast with Senator Jeff Flake:

  • $1.047 million raised this calendar year thru September 30, 2017.
  • $690,000 raised in the third quarter from 10,885 donations.
  • Cash on hand of just over $250,000.
  • Nearly doubled the amount raised in first half of the year in the third quarter.
  • Third quarter fundraising surge includes a 346% increase in total donations as well as a 272% increase in total funds raised as compared to the prior quarter.
  • Has a combined 15,224 donations through the third quarter, totaling $1.047 million in funds raised.
  • In contrast, through the first half of 2017, Flake only reported 1,123 individual donations – just 7.4% of Ward’s total donations through the third quarter.

Dr. Kelli Ward is the only GOP candidate challenging Sen. Jeff Flake in his 2018 re-election bid in Arizona.  On Aug. 17, President Trump lent his support to Ward via Twitter, personally naming her and encouraging the primary challenge of Sen. Flake, whom the President has referred to as "toxic." Ward’s campaign enjoyed a surge of national and in-state support and visibility after announcing the addition of two top operatives from the largest Pro-Trump super PAC, and a $300,000 contribution from Robert Mercer, one of the President’s largest donors, to an independent super PAC dedicated to supporting Ward’s candidacy.

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