Holt, Lonegan lag in fund-raising

WASHINGTON -- Democratic Senate candidate Rush Holt, a Central Jersey Congressman, said Monday he had just over $1 million cash-on-hand as of the end of June, the close of the latest fund-raising period. Conservative Republican Steve Lonegan had about $193,000 – about $101,000 of which came from a loan to his campaign.

UPDATED: Republican doctor Alieta Eck, who is running against Lonegan in the GOP primary, raised $29,000 and had about $18,000 on hand as of the end of June, according to information filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Those totals leave the candidates far behind the $4.5 million on hand for Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the $3.4 million warchest for Shore-area Congressman Frank Pallone, who announced their latest fund-raising totals last week.

UPDATED: Holt's campaign said he raised $1.1 million for his Senate campaign by the end of June, but $500,000 of that amount came from existing money in his House campaign account -- meaning he raised around $600,000 for Senate last month. (Complicating things, Holt also raised another $242,000 for his House campaign committee. He only formed his Senate committee at the start of June, due to the sudden special election).

"Yes, I need quite a bit of money to share (my) ideas and I’ve been raising money at a very solid pace," he said. His campaign said 1,747 people donated to him.

Lonegan released his total raised and spent. He laid out $903 in campaign expenses between the start of the race, in early June, and the end of that month.

A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said she had not yet formally begun her campaigning as of the end of June and so had nothing to report for the last fund-raising period.

“Since the legislative session ended Sheila has significantly ramped up her campaign for Senate and she will continue fighting for every vote until August 13,” the campaign said.

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