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For Immediate Release
August 21, 2003
Contact: Bob Biersack
Ron Harris
Ian Stirton
Kelly Huff
WASHINGTON – Candidates seeking election to the 34 Senate seats up for election in 2004 have reported raising $75.6 million and spending $18.4 million during the first six months of 2003.

From January 1, through June 30, 2003, contributions from individuals accounted for $46.9 million or 62% of the total raised by Senate candidates. PAC money totaled $14.3 million and represented 19% of receipts.

While comparisons of Senate races are problematic because of their diversity, mid-year reports filed by this current class of 63 candidates indicate more fundraising activity than the first six-month filings by candidates in the past three election cycles. By comparison, for the first six months in 1997, the last election cycle for the present group of 34 Senate seats, 58 candidates reported raising $42.6 million and spending $10.8 million. During the first half of 1999, 73 candidates competing for 33 Senate seats in 2000 raised $50 million and spent $12.2 million. In 2001, 56 candidates, competing for 33 seats, raised $43 million and spent $9.3 million.

Candidates ended the first six months of 2003 with $114.6 million cash-on-hand and debts of $17.4 million, some of which is from previous elections.

The attached pages provide summary statistical information on each candidate. Financial activity for 1999-2000 and 2001-02 is also included, where available. The next reports for Senate campaigns are due October 15, 2003 and cover July 1 – September 30, 2003.

The following table in EXCEL format can be read using Excel from Microsoft or Adobe Reader from Adobe.

Senate Campaign Financial Summary [EXCEL] [PDF]