Gephardt fundraising falls short

July 16, 2003 at 8:01 AM
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WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- Richard Gephardt has fallen short in his presidential fundraising goal of $5 million, USA Today reported Wednesday.

The Missouri Democrat raised $3.9 million in April, May and June. That put him fifth among the six major Democratic contenders. He was fourth in cash on hand, according to reports due today at the Federal Election Commission, and had $6.3 million as of June 30.

"We are on course," Gephardt told reporters after he spoke at a gay rights forum. "We are raising the amount we set out to raise." He said he was "roughly very close to halfway" to his goal of $20 million for the year. That calculation includes $2.4 million he transferred from his House campaign committee earlier this year.

Donna Brazile, a Democratic Party strategist who was Gephardt's field director in 1988, said he has run a strong campaign this time. But the new figures "should be a wake-up call," she said.

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