Grimes posts fundraising record with $4.9M haul in third quarter

10/14/2014 07:00 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes broke her previously held fundraising record after reporting $4.9 million raised in the last fundraising quarter before next month’s election.

Grimes’ previous high-water mark came in her second quarter, when she collected $4 million from April 1 through June 30. The third quarter covers July 1 through Sept. 30.

Grimes’ campaign announced it had $4.4 million on hand, more than any other Democrat in a competitive U.S. Senate race, and $16.1 million raised in all.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign has not reported its third-quarter haul. Grimes bested McConnell in fundraising during the first six months of 2014, netting $6.8 million to McConnell’s $5.5 million, according to campaign finance reports.

“From day one, this campaign has been about middle class Kentuckians and grassroots supporters from every county across the Commonwealth,” Jonathan Hurst, Grimes’ campaign manager, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled that our grassroots supporters are carrying this campaign forward during the final three weeks of this race, and our momentum has us primed to sprint to the finish line.”

Before this election, McConnell held the record for a fundraising quarter during his 2008 re-election campaign, posting $3.1 million raised in the last three months of that year. His overall total of $5.1 million from Oct. 1, 2008, to Dec. 31, 2008, was buoyed by a $2 million personal loan.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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