Here are some of the latest pieces of fundraising news in races from across the country, as the first-quarter money results start to come in:
â¢ Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who is in danger of losing his seat this year, raised $1.5 million, and has over $10 million on hand.
â¢ Former Nevada GOP Chair Sue Lowden, one of the candidates for the Republican nomination against Reid, raised $500,000. She has pledged to self-finance to match her individual donations, so this would bring in another $500,000 for a total of $1 million.â¢ 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.
â¢ 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.
â¢ 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.
â¢ 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.”
â¢ 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.