In an e-mail to her supporter list, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has announced that she raised more than $2.3 million in the two months since she was appointed to the Senate in late January.
Gillibrand is going into her 2010 campaign as a largely unknown quantity, with the new Quinnipiac poll showing her trailing a possible Democratic primary challenger with a high undecided number, and also leading in the general election against a GOP candidate — again, with a high undecided number.
The cash-on-hand figure hasn’t been released, though the campaign tells us this number has itself not been fully calculated yet.
By comparison, during her whole 2008 election cycle for her old House district, Gillibrand raised $4.5 million, with $272,000 left on hand. So at least for now, Gillibrand appears to be doing a decent job of adapting that fundraising work to the scale of a Senate seat.