McConnell sets new fundraising record with $28.6M in bid for sixth term

10/15/2014 06:30 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell set a Kentucky fundraising record after netting $3.2 million in the latest quarter, pushing his total to $28.6 million in his re-election against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, his campaign announced Wednesday.

The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported McConnell’s third-quarter fundraising sum.

McConnell’s record-breaking fundraising haul comes after Grimes set a new mark for a quarter, reporting $4.9 million raised between July 1 and Sept. 30.

McConnell’s campaign said the Senate minority leader has more than $5.2 million on hand in the final weeks of the midterm election.

“The interest and enthusiasm for the strong Kentucky leadership of Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate has made it possible to shatter Kentucky fundraising records this cycle,” McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement. “Voters understand that Kentucky is on the verge of setting the agenda for the first time in over seventy years and the excitement is reflected in today’s numbers.”

Although Grimes has collected more campaign cash than McConnell in 2014 with $11.7 million compared to $8.7 million, the five-term Republican incumbent has far outpaced his Democratic opponent, who entered the race last July, in overall fundraising. McConnell’s third-quarter total pads a record he previously broke in 2014’s second quarter.

McConnell holds a cash advantage on Grimes with weeks until the Nov. 4 election, $5.2 million compared to Grimes’ $4.4 million.

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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