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Mitch McConnell raises $2.4 million, Matt Bevin raises $1.1 million in first quarter of 2014

Matt Bevin, left, is challenging incumbent Mitch McConnell in the battle to be the GOP's nominee in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

Matt Bevin, left, is challenging incumbent Mitch McConnell in the battle to be the GOP’s nominee in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.

By Sam Youngman
syoungman@herald-leader.com

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had his best fundraising quarter of this election cycle, pulling in $2.4 million in the first fundraising quarter of 2014.

But McConnell is also spending heavily. His campaign will report $10.4 million in cash on hand, which is down more than $500,000 from the cash position McConnell started the year with.

The McConnell campaign stressed that the spending is not in response to a primary challenge from Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, noting that the majority of expenditures are for the fall campaign.

An ad McConnell’s campaign ran earlier this year featuring Paducah cancer survivor Robert Pierce ran statewide at a cost of more than $840,000.

“Team Mitch has invested early in ground-game infrastructure that will help deliver unprecedented voter contact in Kentucky,” the campaign said in a statement to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “Additionally, last quarter, Team Mitch made their first major television expenditure with an ad that media guru Frank Luntz recently called the best of the cycle.”

McConnell has raised more than $2 million for four consecutive fundraising quarters, having raised a total of $22.3 million this cycle.

Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager, said that 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.”

“We are proud of the outpouring of support from people across the country who appreciate that Sen. McConnell is the number one impediment to the Obama agenda of Obamacare and the war on coal.”

Bevin said Monday that his campaign raised $1.1 million in the first quarter of the year.

Candidates across the country were releasing their fundraising totals Monday ahead of the April 15 reporting deadline.

Bevin’s campaign didn’t release how much cash it has on hand to spend in the remaining six weeks before the primary, and the official report was not yet posted on the Federal Election Commission website.

Filed Under: ElectionsFederal GovernmentMatt BevinMitch McConnellRepublican PartyUS Senate Race

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  1. CoolerKing says:

    The Kentucky Tea Partiers are about to find out that they don’t have as much clout as they thought. Bevin toes the Tea Party line, but Mitch has the support of Wall Street fat cats. And he who has more money is he who has the advantage. Which explains why Mitch is against campaign finance disclosure.

  2. Big Ben 4 Liberty says:

    Actually CK the Wall street Lobbyists love your party for its corporatist economic policies that favor politically connected crony capitalists like Warren Buffett and George Soros. Almost all the big players there are left-leaning Democrats who of course never practice what they preach because leftist economic policies do not actually work.

  3. CoolerKing says:

    ACTUALLY, “Big Ben,” you’re talking out of your @$$. It’s pants-on-fire false that Wall Street favors Democrats. The facts: During the 2012 election cycle, the Finance, Insurance & Real Estate sector gave more than THREE TIMES to Republicans than to Democrats. (Source: http://bit.ly/1gzbQ9Y )

    If you’re going to make stuff up, at least try to make it plausible.