Former Rep. Dick Zimmer appears to have the most cash of the Republican Senate candidates, although Murray Sabrin has raised the most money so far.
Since officially entering the race a little over a month ago, Zimmer has raised about $478,000 and has approximately $446,000 cash-on-hand, according to Campaign Manager Mark Duffy.
And although Zimmer doesn’t plan to self-fund the whole race, $300,000 of that total is from a personal loan.
Meanwhile, rival Republican Joe Pennacchio’s campaign has about $230,000 cash-on-hand, according to campaign manager Dan Gallic, who said he wasn’t sure how much Pennacchio has raised in total. Pennacchio has loaned himself $250,000 since the last quarterly report.
As of April 15th, Pennacchio had raised a total of $100,000 — $20,000 from his own pocket—and had $25,000 cash-on-hand.
Campaign officials for Murray Sabrin, who’s also running for the Republican nomination, were not ready to divulge fundraising totals. Sabrin’s Web site, however, says that he’s raised $559,000 since entering the race in January – including the four days since the Federal Election Commission’s May 15th cut off date. As of March 31st, he had raised $350,000 — $150,000 of which was his own – and had $66,000 cash-on-hand.
Neither Democratic released their fundraising totals today, but they are almost sure to be exponentially larger than the Republicans’. As of the last quarter, Andrews had $2.3 million in his congressional war chest, which he can put towards his Senate run. That total was a little under half of Lautenberg’s $4.7 million war chest.