Bysiewicz says she’s raised $500,000

Susan Bysiewicz is telling supporters she will report on April 15 that she’s raised at least $500,000 in her run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

The first financing report will be an early test for Bysiewicz, who exited the political stage last year as damaged goods. She declared her candidacy Jan. 18, shortly before Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman announced he would not seek re-election next year.

“We don’t have the exact numbers yet. We just want to say where we’ll generally land,” said Mark Bergman, a spokesman. “We’re feeling good.”

No word yet on how much money Bysiewicz spent to raise the $500,000 or how much cash she has on hand. The reporting period closed March 31.