Grimes brings in $2.5 million in her first fundraising period, has $2 million on hand

10/15/2013 10:04 AM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes collected $2.5 million in her first quarter of fundraising, barely outpacing Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnnell, who brought in $2.3 million for the last three months.

Grimes, though, has a long way to go catch McConnell, who has been re-stocking his campaign warchest since nearly the moment he won his last re-election in 2008. McConnell has raised more $17.7 million and has about $9.6 million on hand, according to McConnell’s campaign.

Grimes’ campaign announce she has $2 million on hand. Candidates’ reports, however, won’t be available for public review until after the government shutdown ends and the Federal Election Commission reopens.

According to the Grimes campaign, the $2.5 million in contributions came from 13,327 donors across the country. In response to questions for Pure Politics, the Grimes campaign confirmed that Grimes gave $1,000 of her own money to the campaign.

The Hollywood Reporter previously reported that movie executive Jeffrey Katzenberg raised $1 million for Grimes at a fundraiser in Los Angeles last month. The Grimes campaign would not confirm that number.

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