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First-Quarter Fundraising Roundup -- Day One


• The campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who is facing a challenge in the Republican primary from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, announced that he raised more than $2.2 million in the quarter, and has $4.5 million cash-on-hand.

• Meanwhile, Hayworth's campaign announced that he raised over $1 million for the quarter, for his challenge against McCain. They have also strongly denied allegations by the McCain campaign that they were in any way padding the total with pledges.

• Lt. Governor Bill Halter (D), who is challenging Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Democratic primary, has raised $2 million dollars in the month since his announcement on March 1, a record in Arkansas. His campaign told TPMDC that the vast bulk of it (over 95%) is from individual donations, not corporate PACs.

• Businessman Bruce O'Donoghue, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run against Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), reportedly took in more than $300,000, not including money from the candidate himself. Before he can take on Grayson, though, O'Donoghue would have to spend that money in the contested Republican primary -- and on Grayson's part, his campaign recently raised almost $500,000 in a recent "money-bomb."

• In the Republican primary for Senate in New Hampshire, to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Judd Gregg, businessman Jim Bender has announced raising $100,000, plus a self-financed loan of $400,000. Businessman Bill Binnie raised more than $400,000. Two other Republican candidates, former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte and attorney Ovide Lamontagne, have not yet announced their totals.