50th AD Candidate Torie Osborn Tops $520,000 by December 31st

January 11th, 2012

Osborn Raises Impressive $521,122, With Fundraising Momentum Only Growing After Redistricting Lines Set and New Competition in Race

SANTA MONICA, CA- In a huge show of support that has garnered strong attention across the political arena in California, today the Torie Osborn for Assembly campaign announced that it raised $521,122 from 1,639 donors by the December 31, 2011 fundraising deadline, an amount unprecedented for a first-time Assembly candidate just over five months out from the primary.

From those 1,639 donors, Osborn received 2,401 contributions, with 93% giving $500 or less, and 68% $100 or less. Forty percent (40%) of all donations were given online. These statistics firmly establish Osborn as the grassroots candidate, with wide-ranging support.

Significantly, 54%, or $237,000, of 2011 contributions came in after South Bay Assemblymember Betsy Butler announced that she was moving into the new, vacant, seat in the 50th Assembly District, a great sign of the growing momentum for Osborn’s campaign.

The three largest clusters of donors map to voter concentrations in this new district where Osborn has lived and worked for 26 years: LA’s west side, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood.

“Torie Osborn has outpaced and outperformed others who are dependent on the Sacramento political machine,” said Osborn Senior Consultant John Shallman. “She did it because residents in the district know her work, feel that she’s an authentic representative for the district and believe that she’ll shake things up in Sacramento. Torie is a visionary with a fresh approach and bold ideas that can help restore California’s place as a land of innovation and opportunity.”

Shallman added, “I am confident that we’ll have the resources necessary to wage a powerful campaign that articulates Torie’s ideas for rebuilding California and helping to lead the state forward.”

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Osborn is acclaimed for her pioneering leadership as an executive at several nonprofit organizations, including the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center – both of which are located in the new 50th Assembly District – as well as United Way of Greater LA. Osborn also served as a senior policy advisor on homelessness, poverty and economic development to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She is currently a senior strategist for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations throughout the state committed to commonsense governance reform.

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