Wisconsin: Online Contest to Pay Off for Duffy Campaign

Posted May 3, 2010 at 6:03pm

Sean Duffy (R), who’s challenging Rep. David Obey (D), will get a campaign boost after winning an online contest.

The political action committee of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) encouraged website visitors to vote for their favorite among the 22 House and Senate candidates Pawlenty has endorsed.

As the campaign that collected the most online votes, Duffy will now get to co-host a Facebook town hall with Pawlenty, send a solicitation using the Freedom First PAC’s e-mail list and receive a $1 match for every dollar that the PAC helps his campaign raise from individual donors, up to the $5,000 limit.

“We were strong on Facebook and Twitter and sent a couple e-mails, and it put us over the top,” Duffy said. “I think that was critical.”

Runners-up in Pawlenty’s contest were Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.); Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.); Adam Kinzinger, a candidate in Illinois’ 11th district; Mick Mulvaney, who is running in South Carolina’s 5th district; and Rep. Mark Kirk (Ill.), who is running for Senate.