Both candidates for the United States Senate seat now held by Sen. Ben Nelson report strong fund-raising numbers from the last quarter, with Republican Deb Fischer topping Democrat Bob Kerrey in the money race.
The Fischer campaign reported raising $2.42 million in the third quarter with cash-on-hand totaling $1.45 million. Fischer nearly doubled the amount she raised in the previous quarter.
“Our strongest fundraising quarter yet is a clear reflection of the extraordinary momentum we’ve been building during the final weeks of the campaign as Senator Fischer shares her commonsense message with voters,” said Fischer campaign manager Aaron Trost in a written statement released by the campaign. “Nebraskans want to elect a U.S. Senator with Nebraska values, and it’s easy to see why Bob Kerrey’s desperate and negative attacks are backfiring.”
The financial reports come in as Kerrey launches a negative ad criticizing Fischer for a boundary dispute she had with a neighboring ranch. Fischer and her husband, Bruce, lost a lawsuit they filed against Les and Betty Kime in 1997.
The Kerrey campaign reported raising $1.69 million in the third quarter. It has nearly $780,000 cash on hand.
“Our fundraising totals clearly show that people are responding to Senator Kerrey’s message of bipartisanship and the need to change Washington,” said Paul Johnson, Kerrey Campaign Manager said in a written statement. “Fundraising throughout this campaign has been solid, showing we have the resources in place for a successful campaign.”