Wisconsin: Johnson Outraises Feingold in Pre-Primary Period

By Kyle Trygstad, CQ Politics

Republican challenger Ron Johnson raised more money in July and August than Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold (D), according to pre-primary figures released by the two campaigns on Thursday.

Johnson announced on Thursday he collected $1.2 million from donors from July 1 to Aug. 25, nearly $300,000 more than Feingold’s $920,000 haul. Johnson loaned his campaign an additional $2.9 million out of his own pocket, bringing his total raised in the pre-primary period to $4.1 million.

Also during the period Johnson spent more than $3.4 million, while Feingold doled out over $2.1 million. At the end of the pre-primary reporting period on Aug. 25, Johnson had about $1.6 million left in the bank while Feingold showed about $3.1 million. The new reports revealed that Johnson’s personal spending on his campaign had reached about $4.4 million as of Aug. 25.

“The people of Wisconsin are unhappy with the direction our country is headed and they are making an investment in Ron Johnson’s campaign because they understand that he will go to Washington to change that,” Johnson campaign manager Juston Johnson said.

Feingold began July with a significant cash advantage as he had $4.3 million in the bank while Johnson started the quarter with $940,000 on hand.

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