Businessman Mike McFadden, perhaps the top contender for the GOP nomination to run against U.S. Sen. Al Franken, reported this week that his campaign raised $600,000 in the first quarter.
The campaign said it has raised $2.85 million since last May and has $1.8 million on hand.
Franken, who is seeking reelection after his narrow recount victory over Norm Coleman six years ago, had earlier reported raising $2.7 million during the first quarter, with $5.9 million in cash on hand.
Among the other candidates seeking the GOP endorsement are Chris Dahlberg of Duluth, a St. Louis County commissioner, state Rep. Jim Abeler of Anoka and state Sen. Julianne Ortman of Chanhassen.
McFadden, who is, so far, the best-funded of the Republican candidates, said in a statement:
“Our consistent fundraising progress proves once again that we are the only candidate who will have the funds to defeat Sen. Franken in November.”