It’s worth noting that Powell is an Obama supporter, whereas Towns, like every other Democratic member of the New York congressional delegation, supported Clinton. Powell aborted a 2006 primary bid for the seat Towns ultimately won in a three-way race, earning 47 percent of the vote.
When asked about the campaign, Leopold (who just turned 20 last week) emailed me to say:
"We plan to raise as much money for Kevin Powell as he needs to win. How much we succeed in raising will be a matter of public record, as will all of his campaign expenses. The Obama donors are in the public domain, and we expect to find significant support there; however, Kevin Powell has his own independent base of support, and we will be working the district to raise as much money as we can locally. The district is hungry for change, and Kevin is aligned with the views of his community. The district also overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in the February 5th primary and with Ed Town’s having won with 47% of the vote in his 2006 primary, we believe that Kevin will be able to win the primary in September. Kevin has been receiving and will continue to receive enormous amounts of support from the New York Barack Obama base as he was an early supporter."