Marine Vet, Anti-War Candidate Sheeler Surpasses Brown in RI US Senate Race

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Says Sheeler about other leading candidate Sheldon Whitehouse, “Two Whitehouses in DC is one too many.”

Business owner, father of five, adjunct professor and Desert Storm Marine Veteran, Carl Sheeler, FEC reported funds now surpasses that of Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown’s by a ratio of almost 6 to 1. Sheeler has $200,000 cash on hand compared to Brown’s $35,000. This is far short of Sheldon Whitehouse’s $1.2 million reported available for the Democratic primary on September 12, 2006.

“I am grateful and humbled by the level of grassroots support our 'Take Back Our Country' campaign has achieved from mostly working and middle class families. We’re proud that during this past quarter over 75% of our contributions ranged from $5 to $100 and are from every day Rhode Islanders – many who are veterans and single mothers.

We have connected with many folks through direct mail and the internet that support our anti-war and Bush Impeachment efforts and don’t have $1,000+ to contribute to federal candidates like Brown and Whitehouse. As the Providence Journal recently reported, over two-thirds of their contributions are from wealthy out of state people. Do voters expect to be represented after the election? The wealth tax cuts squeezing the middle class prove otherwise.

I believe part of our surge in contributions was from our “BE PATRIOTIC IMPEACH BUSH” billboard erected along I-95 in February. We’ll be replacing it in May. I think support has also come from our warnings that our presence in Iraq means we would not have adequate funds for domestic programs like healthcare and education. Matt Brown’s campaign finance and ethics issues may have redirected financial support to us as well.

The Minnesota Democrat icon, Senator Paul Wellstone, a political outsider and unknown, won a tough and much larger primary than the one we’ll have here. Rhode Islanders are not swayed by the flash of cash alone. I trust they’ll see substance when Sheldon and Matt agree to a debate. While our cash for the primary is one-sixth of Whitehouse’s campaign, we believe people know two Whitehouse’s in DC is one too many.”

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