Begich Announces $1 Million Fundraising Haul

Alaska Democrat has $2.8 million on hand.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) (R) speaks at a press conference highlighting how veterans are being impacted by the government shutdown with (L-R) Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) at the U.S. Capitol October 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. During the event, Tester and others discussed how critical veterans services are being affected by the shutdown. 
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Alex Roarty
April 8, 2014, 1:08 p.m.

Demo­crat­ic Sen. Mark Be­gich of Alaska raised just over $1 mil­lion in the year’s first fun­drais­ing quarter and has roughly $2.8 mil­lion on hand, his cam­paign said Tues­day.

The total is a strong haul for the one-term in­cum­bent, in a state where TV ads come re­l­at­ively cheap. But the re­port also in­dic­ates that Be­gich is burn­ing through his cash as fast as he can raise it, as con­ser­vat­ive out­side groups take ad­vant­age of those cheap TV ad rates: Be­gich also had $2.8 mil­lion on hand to close 2013.

The Alaska Sen­ate race is one of the GOP’s top pickup tar­gets in this year’s midterm elec­tions, al­though Be­gich is con­sidered the strongest of a quin­tet of red-state Demo­crat­ic in­cum­bents run­ning for an­oth­er term. He nar­rowly de­feated former Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Ted Stevens in 2008, win­ning by few­er than 4,000 votes.

This year, he’ll face one of a trio of Re­pub­lic­ans try­ing to win the party’s Sen­ate nom­in­a­tion: Former state At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Dan Sul­li­van, Lt. Gov. Mead Tread­well, and 2010 GOP Sen­ate nom­in­ee Joe Miller. Most con­sider Sul­li­van — who raised $1.2 mil­lion in 2013’s fi­nal fun­drais­ing quarter — the Re­pub­lic­an Party’s early front-run­ner.

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