June 30th, 2011

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, who is running in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, put out a fundraising appeal today asking  donors to beat the deadline to have their contributions appear on her quarterly campaign-finance report in July.

While it does not make a difference operationally whether donors give their money today or Friday, Hirono notes — correctly — that reporters and pundits will use the quarterly reports to measure her strength against former congressman Ed Case.

Tomorrow, we’re going to start pulling together the numbers for our Senate campaign’s first ever public fundraising report to the Federal Election Commission. And every contribution that we receive before midnight tonight — hopefully including yours — will be included.

But you and I aren’t the only people who’ll be interested in seeing how many donors we’ve been able to recruit over the last month and a half.

The press, pundits, and potential opponents are going to pore over these numbers, too.

This will be their first, objective glimpse into the strength of our campaign going forward.

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