More than 32K donors contribute to put a WV Coal Miner’s Daughter in the Senate

The Paula Jean Swearengin campaign has raised more than 1.4 million dollars this cycle to put a coal miner’s daughter in the Senate.

“We’ve never seen this kind of momentum in a month. We’ve more in the third quarter than in the whole of the preceding four quarters,” said Robyn Cain, Financial Officer for Paula Jean’s campaign. “We raised nearly $100K on September 30th alone.”

Almost 60,000 donations, at an average donation of only $26 each, have buoyed Paula Jean’s “no corporate PAC money” campaign with a huge influx of cash and momentum. 

Approximately 60% of Paula Jean’s donations are from small dollar donors.

By contrast (as of last quarter), more than 95% of Shelley Moore Capito’s donations come from wealthy donors, corporations, and committees. 

“What we’re seeing is people fighting to protect democracy,” said Lissa Lucas, Communications Director. “People are tired of a Senate filled with millionaires, of a government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. Paula Jean is a coal miner’s daughter rejecting corporate PAC money—and voters want someone who will represent them, not rule them.”

Fundraising Fast Facts:

  • Team Paula Jean raised more in the third quarter than in the whole of the preceding four quarters. (approximately 843K in Q3 v 1.44M total cycle to end of Q3)
  • Half of what we raised in Q3 was raised in the month of September.

  • Average donation of $26  from over 31,000 donors making more than 56,000 donations.

  • More than $450K was raised just in September, with nearly $100K raised on Sept 30 alone. 

  • Momentum:

    • More than half of what the campaign raised was raised in the third quarter. 

    • More than half of what was raised in the third quarter was raised in September alone. 

    • And nearly $100K was raised on Sept 30.

Media contact:
Lissa Lucas
Director of Communications, Paula Jean for Senate
[email protected]

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Swearengin Swear Jar

The Swear Jar of Swearengin

Paula Jean Swearengin’s campaign has finally addressed the burning question being asked repeatedly on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets.

“To our knowledge, Paula Jean is not related to the infamous Al Swearengen of Deadwood,” said campaign manager David Graham in a statement, in response to frequent questions. “The names are not even spelled the same.”

“We’re still willing to be endorsed by HBO,” he added. “Or Ian McShane. McShane would be very cool. Can we get McShane…?”

Although, as an outspoken Appalachian woman, Paula Jean could certainly keep up with Al in terms of cussing if she wanted to, “She doesn’t want to,” said Ben Pender, Political Director.

“Nope. Yeah… no,” he added emphatically.

The campaign has a virtual Swear Jar.

Swearengin Swear Jar

We would be grateful if Deadwood fans would donate for each F word uttered throughout the run of Deadwood, which—with 2980 instances reported—would come to $29.80 at a penny each.



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