When Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) said his fundraising was "lousy," he wasn't kidding. It turns out that during the first quarter of 2009, Bunning only took in $262,843, and has just $375,747 cash on hand.
By comparison, one of Bunning's Democratic opponents, Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, raised $429,552 and has $388,500 on hand. Mongiardo will need the money, though, as he's now in what looks like a competitive Democratic primary with state Attorney General Jack Conway, who for his part only just officially kicked off his campaign last week and therefore didn't raise anything in the previous quarter.
Bunning has openly accused the GOP leadership of sabotaging his fundraising and trying to force him into retirement, rather than supporting him as an incumbent.