Maybe they should start calling her "Debbie-Raise-It-Now."
Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow has turned her best fundraising quarter ever, taking in close to $1.5 million during the first three months of the year, POLITICO has learned.
The record haul for the second-term Democrat came during the blow-up surrounding acontroversial Superbowl ad aired by GOP opponent Pete Hoekstra, which featured a young Asian woman talking in broken English. "Thank you Michigan Sen. Debbie Spend-It-Now. Debbie spends so much American money, you borrow more and more from us," said an actress on a bicycle, who later apologized for participating.
A campaign aide said the quarter was "fueled in part by a large influx of online and small donations in the wake of Hoekstra's Superbowl ad."
The advertisement was widely panned as derogatory and tone-deaf, even by Republicans who were uncomfortable with the stereotypes it fomented.
Stabenow now has $7 million on hand to spend for her reelection.
"Debbie Stabenow is on the side of Michigan's middle class families, so groups like the drug companies and big oil are trying to replace her with someone who will work for them instead," said Stabenow spokesman Nate Byer. "But when Hoekstra and out-of-state interest groups launched ridiculous negative attacks, people in Michigan responded forcefully with an outpouring of support that gave Debbie her best fundraising quarter ever."