Former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) announced she raised just $186,000 in the first quarter of her Senate campaign — a relatively low amount for a candidate whom Republicans view as their frontrunner to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) next year.
Steelman's haul is only $24,000 more than what her primary opponent, Ed Martin, the underdog in the GOP race, took in during the first three months of this year. Nonetheless, in a statement from her campaign, Steelman said she was "continuing to put together a top campaign organization."
"The support I've received from donors across the state is inspiring and proves Missourians want a U.S. Senator who stands up for families and job creators, not one who represents special interest groups," Steelman said in a statement about her fundraising. "I am continuing to put together a top campaign organization to ensure I have the resources necessary to be a strong voice for Missouri families in the U.S. Senate."
Steelman's campaign released her fundraising numbers Friday evening, just a few hours before the midnight deadline to file her report with the Federal Election Commission.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.