Lt. Gov. Bill Halter talks to the press after filing papers to run againt U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., in Little Rock on Tuesday.

Liberals to Halter: Beat Blanche Lincoln!

Quick $1 million pours in to help Arkansas lieutenant governor challenge one of the left's least favorite senators


Alex Koppelman
March 3, 2010 9:01PM (UTC)

Liberals were ecstatic to see Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter announce that he's running in a Democratic primary against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., one of the left's least favorite senators. And they're putting their money where their mouths are.

As of Tuesday night, the combined efforts of four liberal groups -- MoveOn.org, Daily Kos, Democracy for America and Progressive Change Campaign Committee -- had raised $1 million for Halter in just 36 hours. (MoveOn was responsible for $900,000 of that.)

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"These are one million reasons that Blanche Lincoln will be sorry that she consistently sided with corporate interests over her constituents on issues like the public option," Adam Green, a co-founder of PCCC, told Salon by e-mail.

"Lincoln will absolutely lose in 2010, either in the primary or general. Hopefully this fundraising will help the Democratic Party establishment wake up to the fact that there is a well-funded candidate who can keep this seat Democratic, and that candidate's Bill Halter."

Firedoglake's Jane Hamsher also reports that four big unions have also each pledged $1 million in outside expenditures on behalf of Halter.

Update: The Arkansas AFL-CIO has also officially endorsed Halter against Lincoln. Also, the Associated Press has a different number on union funding -- Hamsher said it was $4 million, but the AP reports it's $3 million from three unions.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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