Demonstrating viability

Credit the Ben Westlund people with getting their message right out there. Running an independent campaign for governor of Oregon isn’t an easy proposition, but they’re doing a number of things right so far.

Alongside the promotion [in their e-mail newsletter; no permalink available] for opening their campaign headquarters (on Wednesday) in Bend (okay, but they really do need a branch office in the Willamette somewhere), the Westlund campaign casually tossed in a reference to Friday as the close of the next campaign reporting period.

They can still fundraise the rest of this week but they note, “Already 385 people and businesses have contributed or pledged nearly $300,000 to our campaign.”

Not bad. Will be intersting to do the comparisons with other campaigns (especially once we see what the others have left after their primaries, a concern Westlund can bypass).

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