Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson Raised $1.2 Million in the First Quarter

The first-term Republican is expected to face a rematch with former Sen. Russ Feingold next year.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) questions Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) during his confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of State in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. Nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, Kerry has served on this committee for 28 years and has been chairman for four of those years.
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Alex Roarty
April 1, 2015, 10:15 a.m.

Sen. Ron John­son will re­port rais­ing about $1.2 mil­lion in the first fun­drais­ing quarter, a source close to the Wis­con­sin Re­pub­lic­an says, a siz­able haul as he be­gins pre­par­ing for his reelec­tion cam­paign next year.

It’s not im­me­di­ately clear how much money John­son has in the bank. The in­cum­bent’s cam­paign-fin­ance re­port cov­er­ing the end of 2014 said he had just $600,000 on hand. John­son’s an­em­ic fun­drais­ing had raised con­cerns that he wans’t pre­pared ad­equately for his up­com­ing race, fears that will likely be eased now. The source close to John­son said all of the $1.2 mil­lion was col­lec­ted from con­trib­ut­ors, and none of it came from the wealthy sen­at­or’s own bank ac­count.

John­son has said that he won’t self-fin­ance his reelec­tion cam­paign as he did in his last race, when he spent nearly $9 mil­lion of his own money.

John­son is one of the most vul­ner­able Re­pub­lic­an in­cum­bents up for reelec­tion in 2016, run­ning in a pres­id­en­tial year in a state that has backed a Demo­crat for the White House every elec­tion start­ing in 1988. He is ex­pec­ted to face former Demo­crat­ic Sen. Russ Fein­gold, whom John­son de­feated in 2010.

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