Bysiewicz lags in fundraising: $273,000 in 4Q

Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz reported today that she raised $273,000 in the last quarter of 2011 for her U.S. Senate race, the fourth straight period in which she badly trailed her chief rival for the Democratic nomination, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy.

Murphy has at least doubled Bysiewicz’s financial take every quarter. On Jan. 12, he reported raising $720,000 in the last quarter of 2011, giving him a total of $3.5 million and $2.5 milion cash on hand since entering the race early last year.

Bysiewicz reported having about $890,000 cash on hand.

Her campaign sent in the summary at 4 p.m. on a Friday, a time when campaigns sometimes hope a story gets lost. Its spin is the same as it has been in every quarter: they will have enough money to get out her message.

“We are clearly on track to have the resources that we need to communicate Susan’s message of holding Wall Street, corporate special interests, and Washington accountable to the middle class,” said Jonathan Ducote, Bysiewicz’s campaign manager, in a prepared statement.

State Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, who also is seeking the nomination, has not reported his results.

Reports do not have to be filed until Jan. 31, though the reporting period closed on Dec. 31.