Paul Spencer, Democratic candidate for Arkansas’s Second Congressional District, released the following statement after the Federal Election Commission reports for the first quarter of 2018 were made public.
Candidate Spencer provided the following statement:
“For the second straight quarter, our campaign raised more than $100,000, bringing our total for the cycle to $250,000. The contributions our campaign has received, which come from Arkansas, as well as every other state in the nation, shows that our message resonates with people all across this country. We’ve been very pleased with our continued fundraising and the freedom it gives us to focus on reaching every voter in the district, rather than spending hours a day calling donors or soliciting donations from wealthy individuals at private fundraisers. Our contributions have also allowed us to hire 17 paid staff members, many of whom are former students of mine who are committed to giving our district fair representation.
“As the only candidate in the race who rejects all PAC and special interest money, I was especially happy that all of our donations came from individuals, with an average donation of just $38. This stands in stark contrast to state Representative Clarke Tucker, who received 91% of his contributions from a combination of large donations exceeding $200 and $12,000 from PACs. While I know Rep. Tucker to be a good man who understands the corrupting influence of money in politics, he is still clearly committed to working within an unequal campaign finance system that represents the greatest obstacle to any kind of meaningful reform in this country.
“I look forward to continuing the conversation in this primary about the issues that matter most to Arkansans here in the Second District, such as Medicare For All, a $15/hr minimum wage, establishing postal banking, and providing broadband access for every Arkansan, as we spread our bold vision for a more just and fair future for this country.”