This just in from the Kirk for Senate campaign:
Kirk Nears $5 Million Mark for 2010 Election, Raises $1.86 Million since October as Accelerating Fundraising Pace Continues
With more than $3 million in the bank, thousands of volunteers and a growing list of newspaper endorsements, five-term GOP congressman poised for strong victory
Northbrook, Ill. – Five-term GOP Congressman and Navy veteran Mark Kirk, the leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, today reported his campaign raised more than $1.86 million since October and is closing in on the $5 million total fundraising mark for the 2010 campaign with nearly $3.2 million in the bank.
In the third quarter of 2009 – his first as a Senate candidate – Kirk raised $1.6 million. As of Wednesday, the end of the pre-primary federal election reporting period, the campaign received contributions from more than 6,500 individual contributors – roughly 85% of total contributions. More than 3,000 people (90% of contributions) donated to the campaign in the last three months alone.
“The people of Illinois are looking for a proven fiscal conservative who will fight for lower taxes, cut wasteful spending and stand up to corruption,” Congressman Kirk said. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support from grassroots leaders around Illinois who share our vision for reform, fiscal discipline and a strong national defense.”
Kirk is endorsed by 110 Illinois Republican leaders and party organizations – 10 times the number of local grassroots endorsements than any other primary opponent. Earlier this week, the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times and Daily Herald all endorsed Kirk for Senate citing his proven commitment to fiscal responsibility, unparalleled national security expertise and record of reform.
The Kirk campaign launched its first television spot this week, highlighting Kirk’s military service and proven fiscal conservative record, including his votes to cut taxes more than 40 times and help stop the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” in Alaska. Last week, Kirk returned from two weeks in Afghanistan where he served as a Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer over the holidays.