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July 21, 2006
Byrd holds fundraising edge over Raese
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd raised twice as much campaign
money as Republican challenger John Raese in the latest reporting period.
Still, Raese said his fundraising effort "is going pretty good in the state
of West Virginia right now."
Byrd's campaign reported raising $480,807 from April 20 to June 30, including
$378,380.68 in contributions from individuals and $100,686.35 from political
action committees. Byrd, D-W.Va., had more than $2.5 million on hand as of June
Raese's campaign reported raising $239,525, including $180,525 in
contributions from individuals and $59,000 from PACs. Raese also loaned his
campaign $475,000 during the three-month period, and had $183,644 on hand.
Byrd, who is seeking a record ninth term, has not loaned any money to his
Both candidates reported spending about $650,000 during the period.
Raese, a Morgantown industrialist and media owner, said he has been
concentrating on small fundraising dinners with five or six people.
"I think that's going to be very effective for me," he said.
Raese said he plans to launch newspaper advertisements in Charleston before
the end of July, followed by television ads in August.