Conner Eldridge, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate, raised more than $400,000 in the first three weeks of his candidacy, his campaign announced Thursday (Oct. 15) as it filed its third quarter campaign reports with the Federal Election Commission.
In a press release, his campaign committee, Conner for Arkansas, said it raised $403,039.63 from Sept. 9 through Sept. 30. He ended the third quarter with $400,761.32 cash on hand. Eldridge himself contributed $5,400. The campaign did not take out any loans.
Eldridge is scheduled to formally launch his campaign Saturday at his family’s Eldridge Supply Company in Augusta.
Third quarter reports were not yet available for his opponent, incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman. According to the Federal Election Commission, Boozman’s campaign committee, Boozman for Arkansas, raised $858,640 during the first six months of the year and spent $254,537. Of the money he raised, $502,095 came from individual contributions, and $336,307 came from political action committees. He began the year with $268,602 cash on hand and by June 30 had $872,739.
In the race for Arkansas Supreme Court chief justice, Justice Courtney Goodson announced she had raised $38,365 in contributions over $50 while giving the campaign two personal loans totaling $100,000. Her campaign spent $113,742.14, with more than half, $59,583.89, going to the Maryland-based political consultant OnMessage Inc. She had $24,622.86 in cash on hand.