Apr 17, 2012
Drive to 25: You Made The Difference
Today, both parties released their fundraising numbers for the first quarter of this critical election year. The final tally: we outraised House Republicans by nearly $3 million.
Your record-breaking grassroots support made the difference.
Your support is being put to work right now to hold Republicans accountable for their radical assault on women, seniors, and the middle class.
Learn more about our 2012 Democratic candidates that you are helping to build winning campaigns:
CNN: How Dems Plan to Take Back the House
USA Today: Democrats recruit candidates outside political arena
When Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., first approached Orlando Police Chief Val Demings in February 2011 to gauge her interest in running for the U.S. House seat held by Republican Rep. Daniel Webster, she said she had never before considered a run for Congress.
"Then you're the perfect candidate," Israel, the Democratic House campaign chief, told her. Demings, who had already decided to retire that year, announced her candidacy last July.
In an interview with USA TODAY, Israel said Demings is part of a 2012 strategy to recruit non-traditional candidates with compelling biographies or achievements outside of the political arena in an effort to compete in traditionally safe Republican territories.