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Merkley sets fundraising record for quarter

Democratic senator collects $2.15 million; Republican rival's report due Oct. 15


Sen. Jeff Merkley’s 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.

Merkley’s 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 O’Brien says the average individual contribution was under $50, and half of Merkley’s fundraising from individuals came from within Oregon.

In a statement, she adds:

“We’re confident we have the resources we need to have a discussion with voters over these next four weeks about the real differences between Jeff’s 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 Wednesday’s 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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