McConnell pulls in $2.4 million to add to warchest in first months of 2014

04/14/2014 05:38 PM

The campaign of Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell announced Monday that the five-term Senator had his best fundraising quarter yet, raising $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2014.

In a statement, the McConnell campaign announced that the new fundraising quarter brings the total amount raised by Senator McConnell to $22.3 million for the cycle with $10.4 million remaining cash on hand. The full report will be posted on the Federal Election Commission site later this month.

“Senator McConnell’s re-election campaign has been executing a comprehensive, long-view strategy on the ground, internet, mailboxes and airwaves to ensure victory in November,” said campaign manager Jesse Benton in a statement. “We are proud of the outpouring of support from people across the country who appreciate that Senator McConnell is the number one impediment to the Obama agenda of Obamacare and the war on coal.”

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has not yet announced her fundraising totals for the quarter, but her campaign criticized McConnell Monday for the rate in which he has spent his campaign cash.

“As this cycle’s number one recipient of D.C. lobbyist cash, McConnell shockingly burned through 120 percent of his money raised this quarter,” Grimes senior campaign advisor Jonathan Hurst said in a statement, “Regardless of how much McConnell spends, Kentuckians know that Mitch McConnell continues to side with Washington over Kentucky.”

McConnell, though, has a contested primary. Grimes, meanwhile, is running for the Democratic nomination against candidates who are running limited campaigns.

McConnell’s Republican challenger, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, also announced his best fundraising quarter Monday, raising $1.12 million in the first months of the year.

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