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Justice outpaces Mooney in third-quarter Senate marketing campaign fundraising

MORGANTOWN — Within the Republican race for U.S. Senate, Rep. Alex Mooney holds a slight edge over Gov. Jim Justice by way of marketing campaign account balances. However Justice — who led Mooney in a Justice campaign-funded ballot 62%-23% — raised greater than double Mooney’s take in the course of the third quarter.

The figures come from the candidates’ third-quarter FEC reviews, masking the interval July 1-Sept. 30.

Mooney opened the interval with $1,536,560.92. He raised $265,857.85 in contributions. Of that, $233,207.85 was from particular person contributions and $32,650 from PACs. He additionally reported $47,675.19 in transfers from different committees.

He reported working expenditures of $272,376.07, leaving an account steadiness of $1,578,014.79.

His totals for the election cycle had been $1,342,356 raised, plus $981,558.71 in committee transfers, and $742,331.66 spent.

Justice opened with $808,765.22. He raised $585,159.34 in particular person contributions and $17,500 from PACs. His complete contributions had been $602,659.34.

Justice spent $254,370.13, leaving an account steadiness of $1,167,356.93.

His election cycle totals had been $1,537,695.01 raised and $380,640.58 spent.

A 3rd GOP candidate, Chris Rose, of Morgantown, dropped out Aug. 21 to run as a substitute for state Senate 2nd District. He had raised a complete $11,075.30 and spent $14,987.13 earlier than closing his federal account.

Mooney and Justice each purpose to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who hasn’t but declared his intentions relating to looking for reelection or probably heading a third-party — No Labels — marketing campaign for president.

No matter he decides, his marketing campaign account far exceeds Justice’s and Mooney’s mixed. Manchin opened the third quarter with $10,789,594.70.

He raised $175,233.96 in particular person contributions and $104,000 from PACs; his complete contributions had been $279,233.96, plus transfers of $343,180.45 from different committees.

His working expenditures had been $134,863.08, leaving an account steadiness of $11,348,921.53.

His election cycle totals had been $9,623,652.21 raised, plus transfers of $1,259,072.09, and $1,977,063.79 spent.

Two different candidates who’ve filed with the FEC, Republican Zane Lawhorn and Democrat Zachary Shrewsbury, haven’t any monetary information reported.

Different elements

Right here’s a take a look at their numbers from another views. First, the place do their contributions come from?

Mooney’s top-contributor states are Florida, $188,785; Virginia, $130,875; California, $100,580; Maryland, $95,405; and Massachusetts, $60,360. West Virginia ranks sixth, with $58,505.

Justice’s fundraising is extra homegrown. West Virginia ranks first, with $310,878. Rounding out the highest six are Ohio, $104,550; New York, $60,410; Virginia, $44,208; Pennsylvania, $40,550; and Florida, $34,688. (Tennessee is a detailed seventh at $34,508.)

For Manchin, West Virginia is available in a lowly 15th, at $114,488. The highest six are Texas, $1,874,122; Florida, $1,086,728; New York, $888,695; California, $744,726; Virginia, $310,003; and Colorado, $291,565. Illinois is a detailed seventh, at $291,075.

And between Illinois and West Virginia are Pennsylvania, Connecticut, D.C., Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Maryland (at $138,759).

Second, impartial expenditures additionally play an necessary function in campaigns. These are usually not contributions to candidates’ marketing campaign accounts, however PAC spending to assist or oppose sure candidates.

On this space, Mooney’s supporters are digging deep. The conservative Membership for Progress PAC has spent $346,692.49 opposing Justice and $30,148.45 supporting Mooney.

The Senate Conservatives Fund has spent $63,130.21 supporting Mooney, whereas the Extra Jobs Much less Authorities PAC has spent $25,549 supporting Justice.

Manchin additionally has his supporters and opposition. Supporting him are the UA Union Plumbers & Pipefitters Vote! PAC, $363,136; and Vote Blue Majority, $5,150. Opposing him are the No Excuses PAC, $3,650; and Vote Native Vote Blue PAC, $1,750.

Oddly, the Michigan-based Stress PAC has each supported and opposed Manchin, spending $4,750 to advertise him and $1,000 towards him.

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