Campaign Diaries: Working the Phones for Bush

Former Stockbroker Pledges to Get $200,000 for President

Wade Eyerly

Wade Eyerly's goal is to raise $200,000 for President Bush's re-election campaign. Sarah Buhr for NPR hide caption

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So far, President Bush's re-election campaign has raised more than $132 million. No U.S. candidate for any political race has ever raised so much money.

About Campaign Diaries

Throughout the 2004 election season, NPR will present an intimate first-person look at the campaign.

In a series called Campaign Diaries, we'll hear accounts from passionate volunteers, from professional campaign workers, typical voters and election bystanders, people who organize campaign events or drive voters to the polls.

And some of the money in that war chest was raised by Wade Eyerly, a 24-year-old former stockbroker from Missouri.

The Bush campaign challenged him to raise $100,000 — but he says he will raise twice that.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Eyerly was a stockbroker working in the Philippines. He came home that year to cast his first-ever presidential vote, for George W. Bush.

Eyerly has since cashed out his 401k retirement account to volunteer full-time as a Bush campaign fundraiser.

Eyerly hasn't reached his $200,000 goal yet, but he still has eight months to go.

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