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Miller campaign announces latest fundraising figures

Nathaniel Herz

The campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller announced Wednesday that it raised about $130,000 in the second quarter of this year, leaving him with $300,000 in the bank with a month to go until the GOP primary.

Miller’s fundraising totals leave him far behind Dan Sullivan, another Republican candidate who reported nearly $1.2 million in contributions over the same period, and $1.7 million in the bank.

But Miller’s campaign, in a prepared statement, noted the Fairbanks candidate won the Republican U.S. Senate primary in 2010 with only $300,000.

Incumbent Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, raised about $1.25 million in the second quarter and finished with $2.15 million.

A spokesman for Mead Treadwell, the third major Republican candidate in the Aug. 19 primary, said Treadwell has submitted his second-quarter fundraising data to the U.S. Senate. But Treadwell’s figures have not been published by the Federal Election Commission.

The Treadwell spokesman declined to answer a question about why Treadwell had not announced his figures.

The second-quarter filings are required to be postmarked by July 15. Senate rules allow candidates to submit their fundraising data in paper form; the Federal Election Commission then does the processing.

The Senate is currently considering a change that would require electronic disclosure.