News: McMahon spends less

Washington — It may seem as if Linda McMahon has saturated your television with commercials, but the Republican is spending a lot less than she did in her bid for the Senate two years ago.

According to her latest filings with the Federal Election Commission, McMahon lent her campaign another $4.2 million last month, for a self-funding total of about $12.5 million. She has spent about $12 million and had more than $2 million left in her campaign fund July 25.

But at this point in her race against Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., two years ago, McMahon had lent her campaign $21.5 million and spent $25 million — about twice as much as she’s spent in her latest Senate bid.

Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District, who is favored to win his party’s primary next week, has raised $5.5 million, spent $3 million and had about $2.6 million in cash-on-hand July 25.

That’s a lot less money raised and spent than Blumenthal, who defeated McMahon. Blumenthal raised $14 million and spent more than $8.4 million at this stage of the campaign cycle.

Former Rep. Chris Shays, another Republican in the race, lent his campaign $50,000 last month, has raised about $1.6 million and spent $1.3 million.

Susan Bysiewicz, a Democratic candidate, has raised $2.3 million and spent $1.6 million.