Bolduc Reports More Donations in 2nd Quarter than GOP Opponent

WMUR/John Distaso

MANCHESTER, N.H. —Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Bolduc raised about $217,000 during the second quarter and had $178,000 in cash on hand as of June 30, according to his campaign.

Bolduc’s cash on hand total trails the $3.2 million reported by his GOP primary rival, Corky Messner. But Bolduc’s campaign pointed out that the retired Brigadier General raised substantially more funds from donors than Messner.

Messner’s campaign told WMUR earlier Wednesday it raised $115,158 from individuals and political action committees, while Messner himself loaned his campaign $600,000 – bringing his total investment in his campaign to $3.8 million.

Second quarter reports of receipts and expenditures are due to be filed with the Federal Election Commission by later Wednesday. 

Messner received the endorsement of President Donald Trump on June 12 and since then, he has been helped in various organizational aspects by Trump Victory – the combined effort of the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Bolduc campaign senior adviser Josh McElveen said that while Bolduc has less cash on hand than Messner, the amount of money each has raised from donors shows that Bolduc has the stronger grassroots appeal.

“The strength of this campaign is galvanized by the people who understand the stakes in this election,” McElveen said. “This is a movement more than it is a campaign, and the objective is singular.

“Unless we change the misguided notion that money matters more than character, we will never solve the challenges before us. That change is occurring and the Messner campaign is learning that money doesn’t inspire, leadership does. It’s going to be an expensive lesson.”

The April 1-June 30 period was the second consecutive quarter in which Bolduc received more money from donors than Messner.

In the first quarter, Messner poured $2 million of his own money into his campaign but raised only $41,533 from donors and reported $3 million in cash on hand. Bolduc in the first quarter raised $170,828 and ended the quarter with $102,012 on hand.

Bolduc and Messner are competing for the right to take on Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in the general election. The Shaheen campaign has outraised both Republicans and reported Tuesday that she entered the third quarter with $8.65 million on hand.

Separately, super PACs have been formed by two sets of Republican strategists to support Bolduc and Messner, while not coordinating with their campaign.

While the pro-Messner New Hampshire Freedom and Liberty super PAC reported raising $125,000 since it was formed in early June, the pro-Bolduc Granite Leadership super PAC reported no receipts or expenditures in its quarterly report to the FEC. It was formed in mid-May.

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