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Franken has $4.8 million on hand for re-election contest

WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken has $4.8 million on hand for his first re-election contest, his campaign announced Monday.

Franken raised $2.1 million from more than 34,000 donors during the last three months of 2013, according to the campaign. His cash on hand total grew from nearly $3.9 million in October (that also means Franken spent more than $1 million between October and December, the third time the campaign has spent more than $1 million in a quarter in 2013).

The Franken campaign also highlighted its small-dollar donor base: He had 96,719 donors in 2013, and 97 percent of the contributions he received were for less than $100.

Only one of Franken’s Republican challengers has announced his year-end fundraising numbers: businessman Mike McFadden, who has $1.7 million on hand after raising $780,000 between October and December. The deadline for campaigns to report their numbers to the Federal Elections Commission is Jan. 31.

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