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Thursday, April 07, 2005
The wisdom of crowds
If you believe in the wisdom of crowds, then you might take note of the fact that Henry Bonilla had a solid fundraising performance the first 3 months of the year:
After three months of fundraising, Rep. Henry Bonilla said Wednesday he'll have nearly $2 million in cash for a potential race for the U.S. Senate if Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison makes a run against Gov. Rick Perry next year.

Bonilla, R-San Antonio, said he raised about $780,000 since January at fundraisers in Texas and Washington.

The events coincided with speaking engagements aimed at raising his profile in Dallas, Houston, Austin and other cities where he's less known.

"The more money you have early on the better off you are when the race starts," Bonilla told the San Antonio Express-News.


Bonilla's winter fundraising schedule boosted his campaign coffers with record results. He raised more than the House speaker and minority and majority leaders during the same period in 2004.

The San Antonio lawmaker, a former KENS-TV producer, showed $1.17 million in cash on hand at the end of 2004, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Bonilla said his quarterly report, due March 31, would boost that to nearly $2 million.
Not bad. There are obviously some donors in Texas who think Senator Hutchison isn't running for re-election.

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