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Van Hollen Raises $1.5 Million in Second Quarter

Van Hollen flexed his fundraising muscle. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Chris Van Hollen raised $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2015, more than double the amount taken in by Rep. Donna Edwards in their campaigns for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in Maryland.  

Edwards' campaign announced on July 3 that it raised $590,000 in its first full quarter with new campaign manager Garrick Delzell from EMILY's List.  

Van Hollen – who bolstered his fundraising chops as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and during his time in House Democratic leadership – ended the quarter with $3.5 million in the bank.  

“There’s no question that Marylanders are responding as Chris moves across the state hearing from voters who appreciate his record of effective leadership on the issues that matter most to families at their kitchen tables,” said Erik Dorey, a campaign spokesman for Van Hollen, who noted that three in four of the campaign’s donors were from Maryland.  

A spokesman for Edwards did not respond when asked how much money it has in the bank, only telling reporters that it raised $924,000 since January 1. Second-quarter reports are due to the Federal Election Commission by July 15.  

The race is rated Safe Democratic  by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report /Roll Call.  

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