McConnell Campaign Raises $2.2 Million in Second Quarter

Flexing its financial muscle the campaign to re-elect Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is reporting it raised $2.2 million in the second quarter.

The numbers haven’t been reported with the Federal Election Commission, but campaign manager Jesse Benton confirmed the substantial amount with WFPL.

McConnell has now raised over $15 million in total and has close to $10 million on-hand as he seeks a sixth term in office.

The $2.2 million figure puts the GOP leader ahead of pace when compared to his 2008 campaign levels around the same time, and when compared to the $1.8 million raised in the first three months of the year.

Benton says the goal has been to run a presidential level campaign that will ultimately raise $25 million.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her intentions to run for Senate last week and launched a website a few days later, which means she won’t have to file fundraising numbers until October.

Observers have said Grimes will have to raise at least $10 million to be competitive in the 2014 contest.

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