Internet Playing A Prominent Role In District 17 Race

August 19, 2008

The race to fill the Texas Senate District 17 seat formerly held by Kyle Janek has a definite presence on the Internet, with Republican candidate Grant Harpold releasing a video on YouTube and Democrat Chris Bell using ActBlue, the “online clearing house for Democratic Action,” to raise campaign funds.

According to an announcement from Bell’s campaign, $22,057 from 130 individual donors was raised in 20 days online. In total, Bell’s campaign has raised $32,142 using ActBlue, a web-based tool for raising money for Democratic campaigns.

“Our success in raising money online brings us that much closer to making progress towards the goals we all care about: public schools, access to health care and ethics reform,” said Bell. “Doubling our online fundraising goals goes a long way towards brining my brand of reform to the Texas Senate.”

Harpold recently announced the release of a campaign video on You Tube. The video runs more than five minutes, and implies that the other candidates in the race are raising non-local funds and focusing on negative attacks. He says in the ad that he is the only declared candidate in the race who is both actively running a small business and currently serving as a grassroots leader. Harpold indicated in a press release that his campaign plans to release a series of Internet videos.

Bell and Harpold are joined in the race by businessman and former George H.W. Bush Administration appointee Austen Furse, a West University Place resident and Former Harris County felony court judge Joan Huffman, a Southside Place resident.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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