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Published April 13, 2012, 03:38 PM

Heitkamp Tops $1M Raised for US Senate Bid

FARGO – After just six months on the campaign trail, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp’s U.S. Senate bid has attracted more than $1 million in contributions so far.

By: Kristin M. Daum, Forum Communications

FARGO – After just six months on the campaign trail, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp’s U.S. Senate bid has attracted more than $1 million in contributions so far.

During the first three months of 2012, Heitkamp raised $590,300 toward her bid, compounding the sizable fundraising haul she took in at the end of last year.

Heitkamp’s campaign provided The Forum on Friday with the cover pages to Heitkamp’s first quarter FEC report. The complete report is not yet available on the Federal Election Commission’s website.

After reported expenses, Heitkamp entered April with nearly $850,000 in cash on hand and no reported debt.

A significant portion of Heitkamp’s first-quarter earnings came from political parties or political action committees. Those groups donated a combined $162,191 – or about 27 percent of her quarterly fundraising, the report showed.

Heitkamp also received $121,625 in transfers from authorized committees, which collected donations on her behalf.

Without the full report, it’s unknown who those authorized committees are. However, Heitkamp has approved several joint-fundraising committees to help raise campaign funds on her behalf, including: Justice 2012, the Heitkamp Hirono Victory Committee and Women on the Road to the Senate.

Those committees reflect her joint fundraising efforts with the dozen Democratic women who are running for the U.S. Senate this year.

The Forum also requested the campaign finance reports for Republican-endorsed Senate candidate Rep. Rick Berg and Republican challenger Duane Sand, but those documents were not immediately available Friday.

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