Paul grabs fundraising lead over GraysonSubmitted by rhino on Mon, 02/01/2010 - 22:38
Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul grabbed the overall campaign fundraising lead in the GOP primary from Secretary of State Trey Grayson during the last quarter of 2009, according to reports filed with Federal Election Commission.
But Grayson still has more money on hand, spending slightly more than half of what Paul has spent during the early stages of his campaign, according to the reports.
In the Democratic primary, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo reported that he raised more than $225,000 for the quarter, pushing the total for the campaign to nearly $1.5 million.
Attorney General Jack Conway declined to release his fundraising totals, saying through a campaign spokesman that he would allow them to become public when the FEC releases them.
Paul reported raising $652,958 during the final three months of 2009, bringing his total for the year to $1.8 million.
And he got a boost Monday from former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who endorsed him and contributed $2,000 to his campaign from her political action committee.
“I'm proud to support great grass-roots candidates like Dr. Paul,” Palin said in a statement to The Associated Press. “While there are issues we disagree on, he and I are both in agreement that it's time to shake up the status quo in Washington and stand up for common-sense ideas.”
Grayson's campaign manager Nate Hodson questioned the endorsement.