Jessica Cisneros nears $1 million raised in bid to defeat Rep. Henry Cuellar
LAREDO, TX – Today, Jessica Cisneros, candidate for Congress in Texas’s 28th district, announced that she raised over $513000 in the final quarter of 2019. This brings the campaign’s total fundraising to over $978,000 to date. Cisneros is challenging 15-year incumbent Congressman Henry Cuellar in the March 3 Democratic primary.
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“Since our campaign launched in June, we’ve proven time and time again that we have the resources we need to compete against an entrenched incumbent without having to take a dime from corporate PACs,” said Cisneros. “I’m proud of the grassroots movement we’re building in South Texas after over a decade of absentee leadership.”
Between October and December, Cisneros received nearly 14,000 individual contributions, bringing her to a total of 28,200 contributions from over 18,000 individuals and an average contribution of $34 this cycle. Last quarter, only 1.18% of Rep. Cuellar’s contributions came from small-dollar donors and nearly half came from PACs.
It has been over a month since Jessica Cisneros challenged Rep. Cuellar to a series of four in-person, town hall-style debates across Texas’ 28th district. The Cuellar campaign has refused to debate, saying, “It's not a no so much as it's not even a consideration. She is not a serious candidate."
"We’re running a serious race to bring true representation to Texas’ 28th district,” continued Cisneros. “We wish our opponent took his constituents seriously enough to agree to actually meet them face-to-face."