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McFadden raises $700,000 for Franken challenge

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden raised $700,000 during his first month as the GOP challenger to Al Franken. 

McFadden announced his candidacy on May 29 and raised between then and Sunday, his campaign said Tuesday. Franken raised $2 million during the first three months of 2012 and had $2 million on hand in March. He’s due to announce updated fundraising numbers sometime this month. 

For comparison’s sake, Republican Kurt Bills spent around $946,000 for his campaign against Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012, indicating any 2014 race is likely to be more expensive (and more competitive) than last year. McFadden’s campaign said his wife donated $10,000, but he otherwise didn’t loan his campaign any personal funds.

GOP state Rep. Jim Abeler has announced a Senate bid as well, and state Sen. Julianne Ortman has said she’s considering one. 

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 07/02/2013 - 03:10 pm.

    Or figured another way…

    …about $5,000 a vote.

  2. Submitted by mark wallek on 07/03/2013 - 10:03 am.

    Let’s see…

    700,000 is roughly 14 really good income years for me. Al will no doubt be spending as much, if not much more. What can we hope to have for this obscene waste of funds? More paper pushing and grand speech making is about it. I am so thoroughly tired of the profound waste of thoroughly tainted money in our election process. If we really wanted FREE and FAIR elections could EASILY have them. The fact that we don’t is, apparently, not all that important to those brought to power in the system. But why should it. Once elected, the citizenry is only given lip service as the portfolios grow.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/03/2013 - 10:09 am.

    One Hollywood party

    with Al’s friends should cancel that out.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 07/03/2013 - 11:24 am.

      While . . .

      Mr. McFadden and his Wall Street pals can just rummage through their sofa cushions for loose change, and forge ahead.

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