News Release: Associated Press
July 15, 2014
CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) -- The campaign of Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn said Tuesday the Democrat has raised about $3.45 million in the last three months, outpacing her two potential GOP opponents.
Nunn spokesman Nathan Click said more than 75 percent of the campaign's 39,000 donors have given $100 or less. The campaign did not immediately release how much Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, had spent nor how much cash she had to start July.
Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue face a July 22 runoff after a crowded primary. Nunn won her primary easily and has been able to keep a focus on fundraising while her opponents have been burning cash on TV ads.
The race for Georgia's open Senate seat is among a dozen that have garnered national attention as Republicans seek control of the Senate. Democrats consider the nonprofit CEO as one of their best recruits this year and are hopeful a Nunn win will help them keep a majority in the Senate.
She has already proven to be a strong fundraiser. Since entering the race a year ago, she has now raised more than $9 million.
Over the last three months, Kingston raised nearly $2 million while Perdue had just over $2.1 million in contributions, which included $1 million of his money. The two men have spent a combined $11 million so far in the race.
Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General, has put $3.15 million of his own money into the race through a combination of loans and personal contributions to keep pace with Kingston. The Savannah congressman has dominated in fundraising and began the race with about $2.3 million already in his congressional campaign account.
Last week, the Nunn campaign said it would be returning contributions linked to a political operative convicted in a 1995 bribery case who recently co-hosted a fundraiser for her. The campaign said it was unaware of the man's criminal history.
It was not known how much the man donated or raised for Nunn. The amount of contributions received during last week's event in Washington, D.C., was not disclosed.
Also on the ballot in November is Libertarian Amanda Swafford, a former councilwoman from Flowery Branch.