Collins’ campaign war chest grows by $877,000 in first quarter


collinsBANGOR – U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ reelection campaign announced Thursday that the Republican has raised more than $877,000 in the first quarter of 2014, bringing her cash-on-hand total to more than $3.6 million.

“We continue to be delighted by the outpouring of support for Senator Collins’ re-election,” said Sam A. Ladd III, Finance Chairman for the Collins for Senator Campaign.

“From all over Maine, and from every state in our nation, supporters have made it clear that we need Susan Collins’ common-sense leadership in the Senate, now more than ever,” said Ladd.

Collins, who has served in the Senate since 1997, will likely face Democrat Shenna Bellows in the general election this fall.

Bellows, former head of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, has accumulated numerous endorsements from progressive organizations, but is still viewed as an underdog. In the final quarter of 2013, the Democrat raised just over $330,000 for her campaign.

In 2008, Collins was reelected with 62 percent of the vote, winning 482 of Maine’s 498 cities and towns.


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