McConnell barely edges Grimes as both raise more than $2 million in last quarter

01/31/2014 03:10 PM

The campaigns for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes announced nearly identical fundraising totals for the 4th quarter of 2013.

Grimes raised $2.1 million bringing her to nearly $5 million raised in the election cycle and has $3.5 million cash-on-hand. McConnell raised $2.2 million, giving him $18.2 million on contributions for the cycle. That total climbs to nearly $20 million for the cycle when counting other income and $250,000 of his own money McConnell loaned the campaign.

McConnell ended 2013 with more than $10.9 million cash-on-hand.

The campaigns reported only top-line numbers for the fundraising period. The full reports will soon be published online by the Federal Election Commission soon.

According to the campaigns, the median contribution to Grimes was $25 and McConnell has a median contribution of $50. And the Grimes campaign pointed out in a release to reporters that Grimes’ fundraising haul of more than $2 million surpasses most challengers and incumbent campaigns nationwide.

Campaign pundits have predicted this race my raise a combined fundraising effort of $100 million, which includes the candidates and independent expenditure groups, or super PACs that already are running ads in the race.

McConnell’s campaign released a statement along with their numbers hinting that the senator’s totals might have been higher had McConnell not chosen to forgo fundraising during the three-week federal government shutdown.

“Sen. McConnell, unlike his challengers, made the decision to cancel fundraising efforts during the government shutdown and was still able to bring in over two million dollars this quarter, which further illustrates the enthusiastic support he is gaining every day from people across America who appreciate his conservative leadership and willingness to fight on their behalf,” said McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton.

McConnell’s challenger in the Republican primary challengers, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, raised $900,000 in his fourth quarter report.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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