Johnson Outraises Feingold in Wisconsin Pre-Primary Period

Posted September 2, 2010 at 7:10pm

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

Johnson announced Thursday that 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 more than $2.1 million. As of 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.

“Sen. Feingold’s campaign continues to be funded by grass-roots supporters in every corner of the state,” Feingold senior adviser John Kraus said. “While Ron Johnson is trying hard to buy the election, we continue working hard to win it with the support of people across the state.”

Feingold is unopposed in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, while Johnson is favored to win the Republican nomination over Dave Westlake and Stephen Finn.