McSally raises record amount, but still dwarfed by Kelly’s cash




Martha McSally
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally at a rally for President Donald Trump in Phoenix on Feb. 19, 2020. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally raised nearly $9.3 million during the second quarter of 2020, again setting a new personal fundraising record while falling short of her presumptive Democratic opponent.

McSally, a Republican who was appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to fill out the Senate term that the late John McCain won in 2016, has now raised more than $23 million. She has about $11 million on hand, according to her latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.

She has already surpassed what she raised for the entirety of the 2018 campaign, when she ran and lost to Kyrsten Sinema for the U.S. Senate. That year, she raised a total of $21.9 million, including about $1.4 million from her congressional campaign committee.

McSally has been a strong fundraiser as campaigns to fill the final two years of McCain’s term McCain, setting new personal bests for two straight quarters. But it has still left her far behind Democrat Mark Kelly, who has been one of the strongest fundraisers of the 2020 cycle.

In the second quarter of the year, Kelly, a former astronaut and husband of ex-congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, raised nearly $13 million, and has amassed $44 million overall, with $24 million on hand. 

Only one Senate candidate in the country, Kentucky Democrat Amy McGrath, who is challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has raised more so far, pulling in $47 million for her campaign, according to FEC filings.

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.”