Sunday, December 8, 2013
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers raised more than $240,000 for his campaign through the end of June, according to his latest campaign finance report.
That total includes more $122,000 raised in the two weeks after he won the GOP primary on June 12. It also includes $57,000 from political action committees since the start of the campaign. In addition to the contributions, Summers loaned his campaign $55,000 just before the primary election. Summers had $119,290 in cash on hand as of June 30, the report says.
Summers' post-primary surge is a good sign for the campaign. But he is still behind former Gov. Angus King, who had raised nearly $900,000 by June 30.
King, an independent candidate, raised $470,909 between May 24 to June 30, and had $503,444 left to spend as of June 30, according to the report.
King reported a total of $63,337 in donations from political action committees, or PACs, by June 30. His total includes $37,000 he loaned his campaign early in the race, according to his report.
Democratic Cynthia Dill, meanwhile, had raised $91,166 and had $28,522 in her account as of June 30.
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