by Max Brantley
I overlooked this e-mail this morning -- Sen. Blanche Lincoln's third-quarter campaign finance summary. She has $4.1 million in the bank. If she keeps raising an average $1.4 million a quarter, she'll raise and spend $10 million. Probably lots more, not to mention what the party and "independent" groups will spend. (That is, unless Bob Johnson or Bill Halter, etc., should rise up and beat her in a Democratic primary.)
Reports aren't due until Oct. 15, so there's nobody else of note to report yet.
Attached please find the summary of Senator Lincoln’s 3rd Quarter report to the Federal Election Commission. The full report will be filed with the Secretary of the Senate by October 15, 2009.
* For the 3rd quarter (July 1 – September 30, 2009), the campaign will report total receipts of $1,210,919;
* Individuals accounted for more than 58 percent of the total contributions for the quarter;
* The campaign reported $4,129,747 cash on hand at the close of the period, September 30;
* Since the beginning of this year, Senator Lincoln’s campaign has raised $4,204,068, an average of $1.4 million per quarter.
Senator Lincoln gave the following statement:
“My first priority is always to fight for the individuals and families of Arkansas during some tough choices that are being made in Washington. However, I also know that I must prepare for a competitive election campaign. That’s why I am humbled and honored that hundreds of new supporters have joined the campaign during the last year so that we can now count more than 4,500 donors. I do not take this job for granted and know that I can’t do it alone.”