Bradshaw raises $893K since surprise win in Democratic Senate primary

Memphis environmental activist Marquita Bradshaw, the surprise winner of the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate despite spending just $22,300 on her primary campaign, raised $893,000 in the third quarter.

Bradshaw is the first African-American woman to win a statewide primary in Tennessee. Her campaign said she has received more than 23,000 contributions, averaging $24.12.

“Our campaign isn’t funded by millionaires and billionaires, but by hardworking Tennesseans,” campaign manager Ken Taylor said in a release. “So, our total raised may still be just a fraction of what our opponent has already spent, but a single mom knows how to make a dollar stretch in a way a rich man simply doesn’t.”

Bradshaw faces Republican Bill Hagerty in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Maryville).

UPDATE: The Hagerty camp says he raised $1.26 million in the quarter.

(This post has been updated to reflect Bradshaw’s fundraising totals for the third quarter, and Hagerty’s since the Aug. 6 election).

Here’s the full release from the Bradshaw campaign.

October 15, 2020) — The Marquita Bradshaw for U.S. Senate campaign continues to gain momentum with the total raised from contributors now nearing $1 million — a long way from the $22,320 raised before her upset victory in the Democratic primary. 

The financial disclosure due today will show that at the end of the third quarter, the campaign had raised a total of $915,420.85 since the beginning of the race. As of Sept. 30, the campaign had $632,163.58 cash on hand available to spend.

Bradshaw’s fundraising numbers are a sign of the campaign’s growing grassroots base of supporters from across the state. More than 23,000 individual contributions were made in the most recent reporting period alone, and the average contribution to the campaign is just $24.12. Bradshaw’s message about representing working people in Washington is drawing support from a wide cross-section of voters.  

“Our campaign isn’t funded by millionaires and billionaires, but by hardworking Tennesseans. So, our total raised may still be just a fraction of what our opponent has already spent, but a single mom knows how to make a dollar stretch in a way a rich man simply doesn’t,” said Ken Taylor, Bradshaw’s campaign manager. “Tennesseans are ready to have a leader in Washington who has lived their same struggles and will make our government work for them. This is not just a campaign, this is a movement. On Nov. 3, Marquita is going to once again prove that her opponent can’t buy the election when the power of the people are on her side.”  

The campaign is investing its resources into an aggressive field operation with close to 100,000 voters contacts every day. In just the last week, the campaign has opened seven offices across the state and received key endorsements from U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s PAC, Courage to Change, and held a virtual fundraising event with former presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg. On Tuesday next week, a telethon-style fundraiser hosted by Third Man Records will feature performances by more than 50 musicians and artists.

22 Responses to Bradshaw raises $893K since surprise win in Democratic Senate primary

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    Does Bradshaw condone Hunter Biden smoking crack and his father threatening to withhold 1 billion in aid from Ukraine to keep Hunter in crack and porno money? It’s a legit question she should answer.

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    Steve Allbrooks says:

    Is there a breakdown on where this money is coming from? Is most of it from out of state?

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    John Atkinson says:

    Sure as hell watch her personal bank accounts. She’s about to get a huge demoralizing loss. She won’t spend money and we might have a sudden millionaire.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    GOOD NEWS INDEED! That’s about $1 million that won’t be available for a race that leftists have a chance of winning. Come on comrades, brothers and sisters, or whatever you’ve decided to call yourself today, PONY UP! No better cause than some far left loon running for U. S. Senate from Tennessee. I see nothing to stand in her way other than a vast majority of voters in Tennessee loving this country and not being particularly suicidal.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    $10.00 of that money is MINE!!!!! Vote Bradshaw!!

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    steve cates says:

    It’s quite amazing that anyone obviously promoting 45’s campaign would want to call attention to any relatives of other candidates!!!

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    steve cates says:

    I guess, Marle, that the idea comes from supporting grifters like the trumps.

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      MARLE says:

      Let’s let he who posited this idea that she’d be a millionaire tell me just how that’s going to happen.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Are we dealing with variations on a theme of good ole Joe Biden, a flawed uninteresting pol for 47 years, is today a multi-millionaire with a number of very expensive houses here and there. How did he do it on a Congressional salary throughout his entire working life?

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        MARLE says:

        No, Stuart, we’re dealing with the utterly obvious result that she will LOSE and his premise is that she wouldn’t have spent the money but Pocketed it. (thus check her bank account). Now don’t spoil things by pointing out the reality of campaign funds and how Un-spent dollar have limited uses (not your own bank account).

        Let me await John explaining this to me.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          I think the enforcement of that sloshing of money from campaign coffers to personal use is a bit loosey-goosey. For example, she has $1 million and spends half on the campaign. What happens to the $500,000 left over if she leaves politics? Does it stay in her “political account” in perpetuity if she doesn’t use it for political purposes? In five years when everyone has forgotten who Bradshaw is other than her friends and relatives who makes sure that $500,000 and the income therefrom has been spent only in authorized ways?

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            MARLE says:

            It must, by law, remain forever in an account which she can use to pay off campaign debt or other liabilities of the campaign, go to bankroll any other candidate she chooses. Or it can be held in reserve should SHE decide to run again. But, NO, it doesn’t go into her bank account.

            Dang, I really wanted John to tell me by what law does it go to her personally.

            You have given to tons of losing candidates. Did you think they used it for date night out or family fun vacations til the y spend it all?

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Frankly, I don’t think too much about it one way or the other. I give to conservative candidates as a way to support the cause. I am careful about giving to doable races so there is a good chance that the candidates spend every dime they receive and then some but I can’t be sure. Anyway, as far as I’m concerned the money is gone. The candidates I support either win or they don’t but if they want to cheat and use the money for personal expenses I don’t think there is anything insurmountable that will prevent them from doing so in the long run.

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            MARLE says:

            You didn’t know the answer. Neither did John who assumed she was Allowed (not committing fraud to do so) to keep the money as soon as she lost the election. It’s ok. And not to care how its used once the “good fight’ is lost is your perogative.

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            MARLE says:

            One cool thing to keep in mind is that she’ll have a goodly amount (and she’ll have no campaign finance limitation on giving I don’t think) to shovel into other candidates. You have to use your money to get that kind of gratification, appreciation, etc. She’ll be able to use other people’s money. The sweetest kind of money there is.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            I knew they couldn’t keep the money to spend on personal items simply because politicians are frequently dragged before the government agency watching over that sort of thing for violating the rules. I am just cynical about the effectiveness of the rules. They seem to defray tens of thousands of dollars and get a slap on the wrist relatively speaking as punishment.

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            MARLE says:

            The original comment was not about skirting the law. It was about politicians being able to take unused money and put ii in “their bank account”. Look, I can only craft responses to the comments made. What he suggested is not allowed.

            Neither however is murder allowed. Yet it happens by the thousands in America. Ditto that for every crime. So no….regardless of the law crime happens. That hardly substitutes for the moronic notion that you get to keep all the money you raise; wouldn’t be much incentive to spend any of your Multi Million dollar stash to capture a $90K per yr job.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Could anyone account for ANY of trump’s accounts? Either before or after election? Nonsense, Stewart

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    Karen Bracken says:

    Bradshaw was endorsed by Indivisible. Indivisible is a far left organization that is also associated with Black Lives Matters. Ms. Bradshaw is not good for Tennessee and people need to do research on candidates before they pull the lever. I did my homework on Ms. Bradshaw and I believe she is not only not a good fit for the state of Tennessee but she is dangerous.

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