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May 30, 2010

Democrat Terri Sewell raises most in race

Mary Orndorff   ·  Birmingham News   ·  Link to Article
Democrat Terri Sewell raises most in race

Of the eight candidates running to replace U.S. Rep. Artur Davis in Congress, only one has raised enough money to wage her campaign on television, according to the last financial disclosures filed before the June 1 primary.

Birmingham lawyer and Democrat Terri Sewell has spent more than $200,000 on television air time and, as of May 12, still had $120,000 cash on hand.

Federal candidates also must disclose big donations received in the final days of the campaign, and her reports show the money continues to come in, including $2,400 from Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Corp. in Seattle.

Other recent donors include U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY; Washington, D.C., lawyer Vernon Jordan; and Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree.

Sewell always has dominated the field when it comes to fundraising, having started early and tapping her network of friends in the legal profession around the country. Her endorsement by EMILY's List, a national group dedicated to helping female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, also has broadened her donor base. She also gave $39,000 of her own money to the campaign on May 18.

In total, she has raised $759,000 from individuals and $23,750 from political action committees.

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