Newark Mayor Cory Booker raised about six times as much as his nearest competitor in the race for an empty U.S. Senate seat and spent more in July than all the candidates combined, according to new campaign finance reports.
Booker raised $2.1 million between July 1 and July 24, according to pre-primary filings with the Federal Election Commission – about six times as much as his nearest competitor.
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) raised $355,123 during the same July period; U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) raised $180,000 and state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) raised $11,690, according to the reports.
Republican Steve Lonegan raised $129,766 and Alieta Eck raised $18,283.
Booker, who is also polling far above the field of Democratic challengers in the Aug. 13 primary, has so far raised a total of $8.6 million in his bid to replace Frank Lautenberg in the Senate, according to the filings.
The Booker campaign also has spent more than all of his competitors, Republican or Democrat, combined.
During the latest reporting period, Booker’s competitors spent a total of $1.8 million among the five candidates vying in the Democratic and Republican primaries. Booker spent $2.5 million alone, the reports say.
So far in the campaign Booker has spent a running total of $4.4 million – leaving the two-term mayor with just more than $4 million cash on hand at the end of the reporting period, according to the reports.
During the reporting period, Holt spent $698,965 – for a running total of just less than $800,000 so far – leaving him with $667,147 cash on hand.
Pallone spent $914,746 in the reporting period – for a running total of just more than $1 million – leaving him with $2.6 million cash on hand.
Oliver spent $6,925 in the July reporting period – the only money she’s spent so far – leaving her with $4,764 cash on hand, the reports say.
Lonegan spent $171,503 in July, leaving the former Bogota mayor with just more than $150 at the end of the reporting period. Eck was left with $18,061, after spending $20,052 in the July reporting period.