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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters after a Republican Senate policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill, September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. McConnell discussed the debt ceiling and the continuing resolution to fund the government. 
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Josh Kraushaar
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Josh Kraushaar
Oct. 25, 2013, 7:45 a.m.

Today’s Hot­line fea­tures a com­plete third-quarter Sen­ate fun­drais­ing chart. Here are the bur­ied nug­gets:

Hey, big spend­ers. Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell (R-KY) nearly spent as much money ($2.07 mil­lion) as he brought in ($2.27 mil­lion), leav­ing him with a still-im­pos­ing $9.76 mil­lion cash on hand. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has been in­fam­ous for his free-spend­ing cam­paign habits, lead­ing 2014 Demo­crats (again) in that cat­egory ($1.17 mil­lion), des­pite not be­ing a top tar­get. And Ten­ness­ee GOP Sen. Lamar Al­ex­an­der is tak­ing his primary chal­lenge ser­i­ously, spend­ing sig­ni­fic­antly more ($1.15 mil­lion) than he brought in.

Pa­ging Linda McMa­hon. The wealth­i­est self-fun­ders in­clude: former GOP Michigan Sec­ret­ary of State Terri Lynn Land ($1 mil­lion), Mc­Con­nell’s tea-party chal­lenger Matt Bev­in ($600,000), Geor­gia GOP Sen­ate can­did­ate Dav­id Per­due ($500,000) and North Car­o­lina GOP Sen­ate can­did­ate Thom Tillis ($250,000). Also on the list: New Hamp­shire Sen­ate can­did­ate Jim Rubens (R), a busi­ness­man and former state sen­at­or whose cam­paign hasn’t got­ten much at­ten­tion.

Run­ning on empty. Sev­er­al prom­in­ent sen­at­ors and chal­lengers don’t have as much cash-on-hand as ex­pec­ted. That list would in­clude Mis­sis­sippi Sen. Thad Co­chran (R), a re­tire­ment pos­sib­il­ity, who only raised $53,000 and banked $803,000. Co­chran, if he runs, would be fa­cing a tea party-aligned op­pon­ent. Des­pite be­ing in Con­gress since 2007, GOP Rep. Paul Broun only has banked $447,000 for the Geor­gia Sen­ate race. Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) only has $771,000 in her ac­count, against ap­poin­ted Sen. Bri­an Schatz (D), who banked over $2 mil­lion.

And the top fun­draisers? Among Dem chal­lengers, it’s Ken­tucky’s Al­is­on Lun­der­gan Grimes, who raised more than any oth­er Sen­ate can­did­ate in 2014. For Re­pub­lic­an chal­lengers, it’s Arkan­sas Rep. Tom Cot­ton, who topped $1-mil­lion mark. Among in­cum­bents, Mc­Con­nell led the way for Re­pub­lic­ans, and Franken and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) were the Dem win­ners.

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