Alan Khazei has already raised more than $1 million in his Democratic bid for US Senate, demonstrating a week into his campaign that the City Year cofounder may be a formidable fund-raiser.
The quick windfall indicates that the lesser known Khazei may be able to compete with more established politicians such as Attorney General Martha Coakley, who announced on Wednesday that she had raised more than $2 million in the first month of her campaign.
"I have been humbled and overwhelmed by the outpouring of financial support in response to our campaign of Big Citizenship and empowering people," Khazei said in a statement issued by his campaign, which noted that he had not taken "a dime of PAC and lobbyist money."
It was not immediately clear how much of the $1 million had been raised since Khazei launched his campaign on Sept. 24 and how much had came from commitments made before he entered the race. The special election to fill the vacancy left by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy is Jan. 19, with a primary on Dec. 8. ...
Comment: Once again we see the fruits of the 17th Amendment, the supposed fix to prevent the greedy insiders from gaining (buying) their way into power. This is the reality of progressive democracy...oligarchic influence.
Now is the time to restore the rightful place of the states. Now is the time to restore the balance of power in Congress and the Federal Government. Now is the time to repeal the 17th Amendment.