Politics & Policy

Feingold, Johnson Stockpile Cash for Final Push

Ron Johnson’s campaign reported raising nearly $2.1 million since the August 25 pre-primary period (through Sept. 30). He has also contributed an additional $2.4 million of his own money since then. Since announcing his candidacy in May, Johnson has now raised nearly $4 million and contributed nearly $7 million of his own money. Shortly after he entered the race in May, when Johnson was asked how much of his personal fortune he was willing to spend on his campaign, he answered: “All of it.”

“These are serious times right now, and our nation cannot continue heading in its current direction,” Johnson said in a statement. “Voters understand that Senator Feingold has been part of the problem in Washington and his job-killing policies must end.” His campaign said the numbers indicate “major momentum” on the Republicans behalf.

Meanwhile, Sen. Russ Feingold raised $3.3 million during the same period. His campaign now has $3.5 million cash on hand heading into the final stretch. Johnson’s campaign reported having nearly $2 million cash on hand.

“Our campaign is fueled by grassroots support and we have both the resources and momentum we need moving into the homestretch of the campaign,” said Campaign Manager George Aldrich. “Ron Johnson and the corporate special interests are using their big checkbooks to outspend us, but we will not be out-organized and this election will not be bought; it will be decided by the people of Wisconsin and our grassroots support.”

Researchers recently found that more Senate campaign television ads had aired in Wisconsin during the past month than in anywhere else in the country. Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 7, more than 18,000 individuals ads have run in the state. With the race as contentious as this one has been so far, Wisconsin voters can expect more where that came from in the next few weeks.

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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