Kelly adds $12.8M to massive fundraising haul, has $24 million remaining




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Presumptive Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Mark Kelly posted the best fundraising numbers of his historically well-funded campaign, raising nearly $12.8 million in the second quarter of 2020.

Kelly’s second quarter number, which the campaign announced on Tuesday, brings his total fundraising haul for his Senate bid to more than $43 million. The campaign said he has $24 million on hand heading into the final months of the campaign.

“We continue to be humbled by the hundreds of thousands of people chipping in whatever they can, because they want to see Mark Kelly’s experience and independent approach representing Arizonans — defending health care protections for those with pre-existing conditions and fighting for our state in the U.S. Senate,” Jen Cox, Kelly’s campaign manager, said in a press statement.

Kelly’s fundraising announcement for the April-to-June period improved upon the $11 million he raised between January and March this year. That quarter had been his best by far, nearly doubling what he raised in the final quarter of 2019.

Kelly is seeking to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, whom Gov. Doug Ducey appointed to fill out the remainder of the late John McCain’s term. 

McSally’s campaign has not yet made public her fundraising total for the second quarter of the year. 

Although Kelly continues to dominate the fundraising battle, McSally has raised more money that most Republican Senate candidates on the ballot in 2020. Politico noted Monday that she “has consistently led her colleagues in small dollar donations, making her one of the party’s best fundraisers running this cycle,” though her prodigious fundraising has been overshadowed by Kelly’s massive numbers.

Jeremy Duda
Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”