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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Jim Bunning's Record-Setting Performance

As Michael Collins of the Kentucky Post reports, this week Senator Jim Bunning's campaign fund passed the $6 million mark, a record for contributions for Senate campaigns in Kentucky. His advisers expect to raise an additional million before the election. His opponent has raised $1.3 million, $700,000 in the form of a personal loan to himself.

Nearly half of Bunning's contributions (48%) came from out-of-state contributors, while his opponent took in only 17% of his contributions from out-of-staters. One of Bunning's advisers says that it's hardly surprising that Bunning, a Republican, aggressively pursues contributions from out of state because there are more Democrats in Kentucky than Republicans. Maybe the money Bunning is bringing in from out of state will help show the citizens of Kentucky the error of their ways.

With individual contribution limits doubled from $1,000 to $2,000 under the recent McCain-Feingold Act, other states are likely to see record-setting fundraising as well.

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