McCaskill Campaign: Record with $2.6 2Q

Missouri Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill’s campaign says it’s set a new fundraising record for US Senate candidates in the second quarter of the election year.
The campaign says it raised $2.6 millon in the second quarter. Most campaign finance reports will be revealed by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by July 15.
The Springfield News Leader reports, “The Missouri Democrat ended the 2nd quarter with more than $3.6 million cash in the bank, her campaign said Wednesday. McCaskill has already spent $3 million to reserve air time for an ad blitz before the general election, so her current bankroll can be used for get-out-the-vote efforts, glossy mailers, and other items.”
McCaskill will need money for the fall. She is facing an energized Missouri Republican Party.
The Missouri GOP will select its nominee August 7th in the GOP Primary. Mccaskill also faces heavy spending by outside groups.
Just this week, the super PAC, American Crossroads announced it was setting aside more than $2 million dollars for TV advertising against McCaskill in the fall campaign.
Her potential rivals, Rep. Todd Akin, businessman John Brunner and former Treasurer Sarah Steelman, have not posted their latest campaign financial reports yet.
McCaskill’s campaign is pointing it’s grass root performance in the second quarter.
It says two-thirds of the 2Q contributors are first-time donors.
More than 4 out of 5 donors, according to the campaign, gave $200 or less; nearly a third gave less than $25.
McCaskill is also hauling in some much larger donations.
This past Monday, Vice President Joe Biden was the star at a McCaskill fundraiser in Kansas City. Tickets for that event ranged from $500-$2,500.
That money, however, is not part of the second quarter report. It will be included in the third quarter, which concludes at the end of September.

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