Marsha Blackburn raises $733K in Q1

Republican U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn raised more than $733,000 in Q1 as she seeks a second term, according to new reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Blackburn’s total includes $201,733 raised from individuals and $531,550 raised form political committees for an overall total of $733,283 raised during the Jan. 1 through March 31 reporting period.

The individual contributions included 17 for $3,300, which is the maximum contribution that federal campaigns may accept from individuals.

Under campaign finance rules, the cap applies to Primary and General Elections separately, meaning if a candidate appears on a Primary ballot, they may accept a total of $6,600 from each distinct donor.

As of March 31, the Blackburn campaign had received $6,600 from 28 donors this cycle.

Political action committees are not subject to the same contribution limits and Blackburn’s first-quarter report shows 193 contributions from PACs, many of which showed up with checks of $5,000 or more.

Blackburn’s campaign also received $641,352 in transfers during the first quarter, mostly from the Blackburn Tennessee Victory Fund.

Committee donors that have chipped in at the $10,000 level include the Tractor Supply Company PAC, Together Holding Our Majority PAC, Samsung Electronics America PAC and Nebraska Sandhills PAC.

The FEC filing also shows $220,716 in campaign spending, including $32,707 in payments to The Baker Group for political consulting and travel expenses; $23,312 to Strategic Victory Solutions for compliance consulting; and $21,842 to Targeted Victory for digital consulting and advertising.

Blackburn entered April with $4.79 million in the bank.

Her lone opponent so far is Democrat Dylan Fain, who has yet to report any contributions since entering the race in late 2021. Tennessee is considered a gimme for Republicans in the 2024 cycle and Blackburn is likewise expected to win re-election with ease.

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