McConnell breaks $2 million in 3rd Quarter fundraising; Bevin collects $822K but 75% of it is his own

10/11/2013 01:05 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell campaign announced the senator will report $2.27 million in campaign fundraising totals for the third-quarter, while GOP challenger Matt Bevin’s campaign says it will show $822,000 raised. But $600,000 was from Bevin’s own wallet.

The $2.27 million McConnell will announce brings his total raised for this campaign to $17.7 million for the cycle, and the campaign says they will report “just under $10 million cash on hand.” In the 2nd Quarter McConnell finished with $9.6 million cash on hand. McConnell’s campaign spending a big chunk of cash on ads in July after Bevin and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes entered the race.

McConnell’s campaign first released the figures to the Lexington Herald-Leader on Friday morning. In a news release to the rest of the media later, McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton said the campaign is enjoying support from Kentuckians and Americans from all backgrounds. They will report nearly 6,000 contributors to the campaign this quarter.

“We are running a presidential-level campaign designed to withstand the millions of dollars in attack ads coming from out-of-state groups and deliver Senator McConnell’s message directly to Kentucky voters,” Benton said in a statement.

Grimes’ campaign did not respond to a request for fundraising totals but did offer a comment on McConnell’s fundraising report.

“As the most unpopular Washington politician in the country, Senator McConnell is clearly more worried about the money in his campaign war chest than the U.S. Treasury,” Grimes’ senior adviser Jonathan Hurst said in a statement. “Rather than leading and negotiating to get our government back open, McConnell is focused on fundraising and begging the Supreme Court for unlimited million dollar checks. It is no wonder he has had to spend an exorbitant amount of money. Unfortunately, his millions will not be enough to distract Kentuckians from his dismal 30-year Washington voting record.”

Grimes is reported to be attending a fundraiser in Las Vegas Friday held by the Political Action Committee of Nevada Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Money Grimes raises at this event will not count toward the quarterly fundraising report. That quarterly period ended Sept. 30.

Full reports are due to the Federal Election Commission, but it’s not known when they will be processed because of the shutdown. Most FEC employees have been furloughed.

Bevin’s $822,021 first report will include $222,021 in contributions from “individuals and PACs.” The other $600,000 came from Bevin’s own pocket the campaign confirmed to Pure Politics.

The $222,021 for Bevin was raised from more than 2,000 donors.

Bevin also took a shot at McConnell in a written statement sent to the media.

“As Kentuckians learn more about Mitch McConnell’s record of voting for bailouts, tax increases, amnesty, and his continued failure to lead on defunding Obamacare, it has become clear — they support bringing conservative values back to the U.S. Senate,” Bevin said.

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



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