Politics & Government

Dole challenger Hagan releases funding report

Democrat Kay Hagan said Wednesday she had $1.2 million in cash going into the second half of the election year in her bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole.

Hagan, a state senator from Guilford County, raised $1.6 million between April 1 and June 30. That puts her total fundraising since kicking off her candidacy last year at about $3 million.

Dole, R-N.C., hasn't released her fundraising figures, which are due to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday. She had $3.2 million in cash as of April 17.

It's difficult to gauge just how well Hagan is doing financially, but she had a better second quarter than the candidate who tried to beat Dole six years ago for an open Senate seat. Democrat Erskine Bowles raised $845,000 in the second quarter of 2002, but he had more cash at the end of the period, $1.7 million.

Dole campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley accused Hagan of trying to overstate her financial support because she announced a full quarter's earnings even though N.C. candidates are required to report to the FEC only contributions collected from April 17 through June 30.

Hagan spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan said more than $1.5 million of the $1.6 million was raised after April 16. She said it was important to release full quarter figures to show Hagan is competitive nationally.