McConnell Breaks Fundraising Record in Quarter Two As Amy McGrath Implodes

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Posted: Jul 16, 2020 10:20 AM
McConnell Breaks Fundraising Record in Quarter Two As Amy McGrath Implodes

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) re-election campaign broke its previous fundraising record in quarter two, bringing in a total of $12.2 million with an average donation of $35. The campaign’s massive quarter two haul leaves Leader McConnell with $16.6 million in cash-on-hand. Thus far in the cycle, Leader McConnell’s campaign has raised $37.9 million.

Leader McConnell’s Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath, did not have a record-breaking fundraising quarter. McGrath has raised a total of $47 million thus far this cycle, but spent $31 million on her primary, which should have been a slam dunk. She was challenged by Kentucky progressive Charles Booker, who gained impressive traction in the final weeks of the primary and forced McGrath to spend big in the eleventh hour. The DSCC-endorsed candidate only won the primary by 45 percent. After her forced primary spending, McGrath now has $16.2 in cash-on-hand. 

An ally and hand-picked candidate of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), McGrath is bolstered by establishment donors, as Leader McConnell’s campaign points out:

“Each quarter brings a new fundraising record for Team Mitch thanks to the tremendous grassroots support from across the Bluegrass. Chuck Schumer and the Washington Democratic establishment are pouring millions of dollars into Amy McGrath’s doomed campaign, but no amount of money can buy McGrath the support of a majority of Kentuckians,” said Kevin Golden, campaign manager of McConnell Senate committee. “It’s obvious that McGrath would abandon Kentucky to rubber-stamp Chuck Schumer’s far-left, anti-Kentucky agenda. Senator McConnell is the leader Kentuckians can count on to deliver for our Commonwealth, and that’s why Kentuckians are ready to reelect him in November.”

The GOP leader’s re-election is rated as “Likely Republican” and Sen. Schumer’s blatantly poor choice of a candidate only bolsters Leader McConnell’s campaign.