Arizona Sen. John McCain raised more than $1 million from April through June, bringing his bank account to more than $4.5 million as he kicks off a primary campaign against state Sen. Kelli Ward.
In McCain’s quarterly campaign finance report filed last week, he reported more than $1.2 million in contributions over the three months. Just under $1 million of the contributions came from individuals, while nearly $245,000 came from dozens of business and issued-focused political action committees.
Ward, who announced her primary challenge last week, won’t be required to post her fundraising numbers until the next quarterly filing deadline in October. While taking questions from the media after her announcement, she didn’t say how much money she raised while exploring a run since April. She will be required to report those contributions in the fall.
“(Beating McCain)’s gonna take hard work, it’s gonna take money, it’s gonna take grassroots, it’s gonna take a lot of heart, a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but there is definitely a political pathway and a financial pathway to victory,” Ward said last week.
McCain’s finances are likely to be a major advantage in the race, and he already spent more than $500,000 in the three-month reporting period. His campaign spent more than $35,000 for “finance consulting,” more than $60,000 to Bask Digital Media, a California company that specializes in digital marketing and tens of thousands more on Washington D.C. area campaign consultants and lawyers. He reported a handful of campaign employees on payroll.
The quarterly report listed more than 900 individual contributors who donated to McCain’s campaign and dozens of interest group political action committees that also chipped in, including Boeing, Chevron, Comcast and the American Council of Engineering Companies.
McCain has also gained the support of at least one outside group, which paid for an online video that called Ward a “fringe” supporter of “oddball” legislation. That group, Arizona Grassroots Action PAC, hasn’t filed finance records since January.