Below, fund-raising releases for third quarter from Kirk, Giannoulias campaigns.
below, from Kirk campaign....
Kirk Entered Final Month with $4.4 Million in the Bank after Raising $3.12 Million in 3rd Quarter
97% of 3rd quarter contributions from individuals;
Nearly 17,000 individuals contributed to Kirk for Senate this cycle
Northbrook, Ill. - The Kirk for Senate campaign today announced it started the final month of the campaign with $4.4 million cash-on-hand after raising $3.12 million from more than 6,000 individuals during the third quarter.
The last three months represented the campaign's largest fundraising quarter ever - bringing its election cycle total over $12 million, including contributions from nearly 17,000 individuals.
"We are humbled by the outpouring of support from families across Illinois," Kirk campaign spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski said. "With unemployment in Illinois higher than the national average, we need leaders who will turn our economy around and put Illinois back to work. Illinois voters have a clear choice between Congressman Kirk's vision of lower taxes and less spending and Alexi Giannoulias' support for higher taxes and increased government spending."
below, from Giannoulias campaign.....
ALEXI FOR ILLINOIS RELEASES THIRD QUARTER FUNDRAISING NUMBERS
CHICAGO -- Today Illinois State Treasurer and Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias' campaign announced its best fundraising quarter to date, taking in $2.3 million in campaign contributions and shattering the previous record high by more than $1 million.
The record amount comes despite Giannoulias' pledge to be the first U.S. Senate candidate in Illinois to refuse money from corporate PACs or federal lobbyists.
Giannoulias' opponent, Congressman Mark Kirk, has proudly taken millions of dollars from these corporate special interests. And political operative Karl Rove is currently spending millions more polluting Illinois airwaves with false, negative attacks against Giannoulias on Kirk's behalf.
"Our fundraising efforts continue to grow stronger by the day," said Alexi for Illinois campaign manager Michael Rendina. "Thanks to the continued support of thousands of grassroots supporters across the state, we have the resources to fight back against the false attack ads from Mark Kirk and his longtime friend Karl Rove. While Kirk and Rove are counting on Wall Street and secret special interest dollars to win this election, Alexi is counting on the people of Illinois."