Independence, MO – Marine veteran and antitrust advocate Lucas Kunce has outraised the entire U.S. Senate field in Missouri, raising $850,000 for the third quarter. That’s more than the entire Democratic field combined and more than any of the GOP candidates, a roster that includes criminals like the former Governor and current attorney general, and two sitting members of Congress. Kunce received over 23,000 donations between July 1 and September 30, with 98% of donations under $200. And that haul was raised without taking a single penny from corporate PACs.
Notably, that haul places Kunce ahead of the democratic nominee – Jason Kander – during the 2016 cycle, when this seat was last up. A key difference is Kunce is raising over 98% of his haul with small-dollar donations, shattering expectations and bulldozing a viable path straight to the United States Senate. In 2016, Kander came within three points of flipping this seat against an incumbent with Trump at the top of the ballot. In 2022, Republicans don’t have Trump on the ballot, and are in the midst of a bloody primary battle, all while Kunce outraises them all. Major political outlets have taken note of Kunce’s impressive fundraising, naming Missouri one of the most flippable U.S. Senate races this cycle.
What’s more is that Lucas Kunce continues to be a leading force for grassroots fundraising nationwide, having the highest percentage of donations come from grassroots donors this quarter. He’s beating every Democratic incumbent with that number and is doing it with an unapologetically populist message that is resonating with working Missourians across the state.
“The support our campaign has received has been overwhelming,” said Kunce. “I’m humbled by the trust so many have invested in me and in our campaign. For too long, massive corporations and the corrupt politicians they bought have been stripping our community for parts. It’s time we take the fight to them and fundamentally change who has power in this country. The people who should be in power are you – everyday working Missourians. That’s my mission, and that’s what we’re going to do with this race. Without a single dime from corporate PACs, we’re going to win this fight.”
In the past few months, Lucas made waves with a viral op-ed on Afghanistan in the Kansas City Star, multiple cable news and media appearances and earned the endorsement of Vote Vets, the largest organization dedicated to electing veterans to the United States Senate. His populist message and unapologetic critique of political elites in Washington who are backed by corporate lobbyists continues to break through and resonate with voters across the state. Said one writer for The American Conservative:
“Kunce is no establishment Democrat. He’s not running this race on autopilot.”Curt Mills, The American Conservative
Even Missouri’s GOP operatives are taking note. Jean Evans, former executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, had this to say – “If it’s Eric Greitens against Kunce, then you’re looking at a potential win for the Democrats.” Greitens is the current GOP frontrunner.
Kunce’s compelling populist message—in combination with an aggressive approach to acquisition, online organizing and digital advertising—has made it clear there’s a new way to run statewide as a competitive Democrat in Missouri. In June, the Kunce campaign invested more into ads on Facebook than the rest of the field combined (for both parties) based on available data.
“Lucas Kunce has been relentless in his takedown of Washington elites who have turned their backs on Missouri,” said Connor Lounsbury, deputy campaign manager and spokesman. “He is showing what it means to be a politician who actually gives a damn about the state he’s running to represent. Missourians are taking note, and our campaign is building the necessary infrastructure to communicate Lucas’ straight-talk message early and often, online and on the ground. He will continue to be a warrior for working people, and our army of grassroots supporters are making it clear: Lucas Kunce has what it takes to hold elites’ feet to the fire and actually get something done for everyday Missourians.”
Key fundraising numbers for Lucas Kunce for Missouri this quarter (July 1 to September 30) include:
- $850,000 raised in Q3, beating out the entire Senate field in MO. This number also beat Jason Kander’s raised for this same period when he challenged Roy Blunt;
- Over 23,000 individual donations;
- 98% of donations are under $200;
- An average donation of $36;
- The highest percentages of total raised through grassroots donations for a major candidate in the entire country, even beating out every Democratic incumbent;
- Over $1.75 million total raised for the campaign after the campaign officially launched in March;
- $0 from corporate PACs.