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For Immediate Release:                                                                     Contact:  Ian Stirton
September 22, 1999                                                                                              Ron Harris
                                                                                                                               Sharon Snyder
                                                                                                                               Kelly Huff



WASHINGTON -- According to semi-annual reports filed recently with the Federal Election Commission, 73 candidates competing for 33 Senate seats in 2000 raised $50 million and spent $12.2 million during the first six months of 1999.

While comparisons of Senate races are difficult because of the different states involved in each two-year election cycle, mid-year reports filed in 1999 indicate an increase in fundraising activity when compared to the six-month filings by candidates in the past two election cycles. By way of comparison, in 1993, the last election cycle for the present group of 33 Senate seats, 50 candidates reported raising $25 million and spending $7 million. In 1995, 49 candidates raised $24 million and spent $10 million. In 1997, 58 Senate candidates raised $42.6 million and spent $10.8 million.

From January 1 through June 30, 1999, contributions from individuals accounted for $34.5 million, or 69% of the total raised by Senate candidates. PAC money totaled $10.7 million and represented 21.4% of receipts.

Candidates began the second half of the non-election year with $60.9 million cash on hand and debts of $6.3 million, which may relate to previous elections.

The attached pages provide summary statistical information on each candidate. Financial activity for 1995-96 and 1997-98 is also included, where available. The next reports for Senate campaigns are due January 31, 2000, and will cover the last six months of 1999.

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