JUNEAU -- A campaign aide says U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski raised nearly $61,000 for her legal defense fund in the final five weeks of last year.
Mary K. Hughes also says more than $10,000 in contributions that came in during that time will go toward Murkowski's 2016 campaign.
A summary of Murkowski's year-end financial report, provided by her campaign, shows she took in nearly $74,000 between Nov. 23 and Dec. 31. Besides contributions, Hughes says that figure includes money from the sale of some campaign equipment, a refund from an insurance policy and interest.
A copy of Murkowski rival Joe Miller's financial report for the period wasn't immediately available.
Murkowski and Miller raised money after the election to cover legal bills related to Miller's challenge of the state's handling of the race.