Republican frontrunner Pat Toomey has raised more than $1 million for his 2010 Senate campaign in the past 60 days and has poached the long-time chief fundraising aide for party-changing Sen. Arlen Specter.
Tomey's organization announced the developments this morning, demonstrating that their man has been busy while media reports have focused on Specter's adjustment to his new status as a Democratic senator and threats of a primary challenge by Rep. Joe Sestak (D., 7th).
The quarterly Federal Election Commission reporting deadline for fundraising is June 30, but Toomey aides clearly wanted to get a perceptual jump on things. About 11,000 individuals have contributed to Toomey so far, his campaign says.
Louisa Boyd, who had been Specter's finance director for many years, has been hired in the same role for Toomey, the campaign announced. When Specter switched parties April 28, some of his political aides stayed put while others, including Boyd, said they could not continue to work with him as a Democrat. (Boyd will be joined by Pennsylvania Republican fundraisers Amy Petraglia and Carey Dunn.)
"I am honored by the outpouring of support for my campaign," Toomey said in a statement.