Merkley sets fundraising record for quarter
Democratic senator collects $2.15 million; Republican rival's report due Oct. 15
Sen. Jeff Merkleys re-election campaign announced Thursday it has raised almost $2.15 million in the third quarter, a total that would set an Oregon record for fundraising in a single quarter.
The campaign released its numbers as it filed its third-quarter report with the Federal Election Commission. Quarterly reports are due Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Republican rival Monica Wehby has not disclosed her totals yet.
For the two-year cycle going back to January 2013, Merkley has amassed $8.66 million in contributions, counting the third-quarter amount. Wehby has raised $2 million, based on her June 30 report.
Merkleys campaign says it had $1.38 million cash on hand, compared with $3.5 million on June 30. Wehby had just under $650,000 on hand June 30.
Campaign spokeswoman Lindsey OBrien says the average individual contribution was under $50, and half of Merkleys fundraising from individuals came from within Oregon.
In a statement, she adds:
Were confident we have the resources we need to have a discussion with voters over these next four weeks about the real differences between Jeffs fight for middle-class families and the anti-middle class agenda Monica Wehby plagiarized from Karl Rove and national Republicans.
The report excludes any amounts raised during Wednesdays event with Vice President Joe Biden.
Wehby is a physician from Portland making her first bid for public office.
According to other reports filed with the FEC, Freedom Partners Action Fund a committee controlled by Kansas industrialists Charles and David Koch has spent at least $1 million on television ads aimed against Merkley.
The committee bought up to $3 million in ads during August and September, but has pulled out of the Oregon race.
Another super PAC, Opportunity Alliance Fund, has paid for $125,000 in TV ads against Merkley. It also contributed $15,000 to Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat in Iowa.
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