Grimes brings in $2.7 million in first quarter of 2014, outraising McConnell

04/15/2014 02:53 PM

The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced fundraising numbers Tuesday, showing Grimes outpaced Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell by $300,000 in the first three months of 2014.

According to a press release from the campaign, Grimes had her best fundraising quarter yet as she brought in $2.7 million, bringing her total amount raised for the cycle to $7.3 million.

The Grimes campaign touted the candidates quarter numbers, noting that the total surpassed the amount raised by McConnell . The Grimes campaign said that the numbers show another example of Grimes beating “McConnell’s rusted Washington machine.”

“Alison’s focus on creating good-paying jobs and strengthening the middle class is clearly resonating with Kentuckians, and our supporters understand the importance of ensuring our positive message for Kentucky’s future reaches all corners of the Commonwealth over the coming seven months,” Grimes senior adviser Jonathan Hurst said in the statement.

A large chunk on the money raised in the quarter came from Grimes’ event with former President Bill Clinton in February. The full funding report is not yet available online through the Federal Election Commission.

But the Grimes campaign did included an image with details of the contributions received in the press release, including the facts that the campaign has received donations from all 120 Kentucky counties and all 50 states.

Grimes will continue her fundraising efforts as she is set to have events with big Democratic names such as Carole King and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley on Thursday in Louisville as well as Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio at the end of the month.

The McConnell campaign says those types of Democratic fundraisers are the source of most of Grimes’ contributions.

“The very same ultra rich liberal elite who bankrolled Barack Obama into the White House are pulling out all the stops for Alison Lundergan Grimes. Kentuckians know darn well her entire campaign is funded by those who seek to destroy Kentucky values and our way of life and the only way they can accomplish that is by getting rid of the man responsible for stopping them, Mitch McConnell,” McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement.

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