Updated: Oct 8, 2021
PASCO, WA – Veterans advocate and U.S. Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley (R-WA) announced that she raised $834,000 in her first quarter as a candidate, with $695,000 cash on hand and no loans from the candidate, from nearly 2,900 donors, shattering fundraising expectations and putting her campaign on pace to defeat Patty Murray (D-WA).
Tiffany Smiley said: “I am humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received in just over two months in the race to defeat career politician Patty Murray. We received donations of all sizes, from all corners of Washington and the entire country. It is clear that our hopeful message of fighting for Washington State values is resonating loud and clear, and we are ready to send a shockwave from Washington State all the way to Washington, DC next November.”
To put Smiley’s impressive fundraising haul in perspective, Murray raised $842,000 during her first formal quarter as a candidate in the 2022 election cycle. So, despite being a thirty-year incumbent who serves as the third-ranking member of the liberal Democrat leadership and as a supposedly powerful committee chair, Murray was matched quarter-on-quarter by Smiley.
In addition, while Murray raised less than half of her funds from Washington State donors during the first quarter of 2021, Smiley raised 81% from in-state supporters this past quarter – showing growing support and desire for change within the state. Smiley also received donations from 38 of 39 counties in the State of Washington.
Smiley’s fundraising announcement is yet another sign of her campaign’s growing momentum. Since announcing her campaign in April, Smiley has been endorsed by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), 8 members of the Washington state legislature, and 5 Republican county organizations.
Smiley’s campaign has grabbed the attention of national observers, including Washington Post columnist Henry Olson who dubbed her a “mom in tennis shoes” Republicans hope “can send Murray packing.” And Smiley is not only well-funded, but she is well-positioned to send Murray into retirement, with the latest independent poll from KING5 showing that just 31% of Washington State voters want Murray’s name to even appear on the ballot in 2022.
To learn more about Tiffany Smiley’s record of taking on an unresponsive Federal government and fighting for the care of our nation’s veteran heroes, click here to download her campaign media kit.
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