WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken had his second-straight $2 million fundraising quarter between May and June, his campaign announced Thursday, and he has more than $3 million on hand for his first re-election campaign.
The Franken campaign announced its numbers with characteristic flair, sending an infographic to supporters breaking down the haul: $1.97 million brought in over three months from nearly 30,000 donors, with 97 percent of dontations worth less than $100. He’s raised $3.9 million so far this year.
Franken has one of the most active fundraising email lists in the Minnesota delegation, occasionally soliciting small donations in exchange for entries into contests, like a trip to Los Angeles to have brunch with Conan O’Brien or a lunch meeting in D.C. with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Franken has always been a strong fundraiser: He brought in $22.5 million during his 2008 campaign against Norm Coleman, the most expensive Senate race in the country that cycle.
Two Republicans have announced campaigns against Franken: Businessman Mike McFadden, who raised $700,000 in June, his campaign announced last week, and state Rep. Jim Abeler, who entered the race on June 18.
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