Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) has topped $1,000,000 in her campaign bank account, ready for a stiff Republican challenge in November.
The other announced Republican challengers have the rest of today to get their reports filed (although they might be filed and not yet up on the FEC's website). Wendy Rogers - who had $271,628 in the bank on September 30 - filed an amended 3rd quarter report last night, but has not yet posted the year-end report. Andrew Walter had a $150,00 war chest on September 30. And, the 2012 GOP nominee, Vernon Parker, had $80,449 cash on hand going into October.
Sinema collected $339,303 in contributions in the last quarter of 2013 - bringing her total to nearly $1.4Million. In the last quarter, $131K was from political action committees and $208K from individuals. Her cash on hand is $1,021, 589. (Arizona's Politics will list candidates PAC contributions in a later article.)
Rodd McLeod, a Sinema campaign spokesman, attributes the fundraising numbers to her focus on grassroots here in Arizona, telling Arizona's Politics "Kyrsten has worked hard during her first year in Congress to stay in close touch with the grassroots in Arizona, holding public meetings with constituents and supporters every month. One result of her Arizona-focused approach has been strong fundraising." He then took a swipe at the GOP candidates, referencing tax cuts for the wealthy and privatizing Social Security.
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