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Candidate draws webcomic to raise campaign funds

Sean Tevis is filing papers to run for the office of state representative in Kansas. The 39 year-old, first time politician was told he would need to raise nearly $26,000 to fund his campaign against the deeper pockets of his Republican competitor. After raising just over $1000 the traditional method of asking for donations from friends and family, he created a webcomic and solicited money through his web site. In two weeks, he raised over $95,000. His competitor, a semi-retired, 3-term incumbent has raised $12,000 the old fashion way and believes that’s best. “This is a race you win by getting out and walking, not sitting in front of a compute,” he told the L.A. Times. Most of Tevis’ money was raised by non-Kansas donors who learned of his comic and campaign through social media, which political analysts fear will hurt him in the end as they can’t vote for him.

Community Comments

#1 Charles Brubaker
July/28/2008
@ 9:32 am

I guess this one is better than that other candidate’s comic…

http://www.anorak.co.uk/anorak-in-new-york/185867.html

#2 Kelly Ferguson
July/28/2008
@ 10:53 am

I just read about this over at the LA Times website, too. Looking at the actual comic, it’s basically a(n) xkcd clone, only with politics. So, no wonder it’s so popular.

#3 J.G. Moore
July/28/2008
@ 12:36 pm

Wow! 95K, That is awesome. That is the way to do it. It worked for Obama. Amazing. 95K from a xkcd clone…

#4 Clay Jones
July/28/2008
@ 2:39 pm

It will not get him elected. He’s running against an incumbent conservative in Kansas with the bulk of his donations coming from people who can’t vote for him.

#5 Beth Cravens
July/29/2008
@ 8:44 am

It probably won’t get him elected now, but if he stays vocal and involved in his area politics he stands a good chance.

#6 J.G. Moore
August/12/2008
@ 12:01 pm

He’s on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93346096

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