Here's the email he sent to his supporters:
From: Peter Franchot
Sent: Fri Sep 18 09:45:20 2009
Subject: My Announcement
I'm in. Today, I officially filed papers seeking re-election as your Comptroller.
When I was elected Comptroller three years ago, I made a promise to serve the people of Maryland as an independent voice and a fiscal watchdog. I've kept that promise, and with your help we've made the Comptroller's office a national model for innovative taxpayer service, tax compliance, and responsible fiscal management.
Just moments ago, I filed for re-election. Watch the video we just shot before the filing. Then, please, make a generous contribution to help us meet our $15,000 goal. I need your help.
WATCH THE VIDEO AND MAKE A CONTRIBUTION!
We've accomplished so much already. We've made it so much easier for the vast majority of taxpayers who do the right thing and pay their fair share. We've collected hundreds of millions of dollars from major corporations that tried to shun their fair share through tax avoidance schemes. We are taking advantage of state-of-the-art technology to identify delinquent taxpayers and settle their accounts. We've even reunited Marylanders with over $160 million in unclaimed property!
I've joined with Governor O'Malley on the Board of Public Works to reinforce the State's 25% Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) goal, and have been a leading advocate of "green" businesses such as those in Maryland's growing life sciences, computer services and wine industries. As Vice-Chairman of the State Retirement and Pension System, I've worked to preserve the hard-earned financial security of working families across Maryland.
We've done so much together, but now is not the time to be complacent. We expect a hard fought campaign next year. It's why I need your help now to raise $15,000 by September 30th. Now more than ever, we need an independent voice and a fiscal watchdog in the Comptroller's Office, one who stands up for the taxpayers. Please, contribute $25, $50, $100 or more by September 30th.
WATCH THE VIDEO AND CONTRIBUTE $25, $50, $100 or MORE!
Thanks so much for your time and support.
P.S. After you contribute, visit franchot.com to watch the crab fill up toward our goal!
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By Authority: Friends of Peter Franchot, Tom Gentile, Treasurer