July 16, 2020 Blog, Press Release

McGrath Outraises Mitch….Again.

Lt. Col. Amy McGrath is heading into November’s election in the best financial shape of any Democratic nominee since U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell won in 1984, according to the latest FEC reports.

McGrath has once again outraised McConnell, pulling in more than $17.4 million since the April reporting period to McConnell’s $12.8 million. And despite a four year head start for McConnell, and a robust primary for McGrath, both candidates have nearly identical cash on hand for the November election.

Since winning in 1984, McConnell hasn’t faced a challenger who has been able to outraise him consistently in each reporting period. This is just the latest sign that McConnell is vulnerable in November.

Some key facts from the latest financial reports:

  • Despite running against several no-name candidates in the primary, McConnell still spent more than $3.6 million between June 11 and June 30
  • McConnell has fundraised for his re-election since 2015, while McGrath entered the race in July 2019. In one year’s time, McGrath has outraised McConnell $47.2 million to $32.6 million, despite McConnell’s four year head start and status as top Republican in the Senate
  • McConnell maintains a very small cash on hand advantage despite his four year head start — $16.6 million for Mitch to $16.2 million for McGrath, who has never run a statewide campaign before.
  • McConnell continues to drain his joint fundraising committees with other GOP senators, pulling $608,099.97 out of those committees since April. While other vulnerable GOP senators are also being outraised across the country, Mitch is draining their joint fundraising efforts in order to save himself — and is still failing at that.

“Kentuckians are ready for new leadership, and Amy McGrath is ready to answer that call,” Kentucky Democratic Party spokesperson Marisa McNee said. “McGrath has strong grassroots support, while Mitch is shaking down every CEO, CFO and Wall Street banker he can find — and still coming up short.”