Washington – With a sizable loan to his campaign, GOP Senate candidate August Wolf’s campaign has raised more than half a million dollars, but his rival, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, still has a huge lead in political cash.
According to the latest filings with the FEC, Blumenthal raised more than $1 million in the first three months of the year, while Wolf raised about $120,000. But $100, 000 of that money came as a personal loan to his campaign. So far, Wolf has loaned his campaign nearly $150,000, raising a total of $644,465 in his bid to unseat Blumenthal.
Industrialist David Koch and his wife Julia have been major donors to Wolf’s campaign, donating a total of $10,800, the maximum allowed. David Koch also helped raise money by holding a fundraiser for Wolf in New York late last year.
Meanwhile, Blumenthal has raised about $6.4 million. But his campaign reported more than $4.6 million in cash on hand as of March 31.
Wolf has spent most of the money he’s raised, ending the quarter with about $147,000.
There’s a third candidate in the race, too, Republican state Rep. Dan Carter of Bethel, who entered the race earlier this month – too late to file any first quarter reports with the FEC.