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Raleigh, NC — In the first two weeks after launching his campaign to serve as North Carolina’s next U.S. Senator, Cal Cunningham brought in more than $720,000 for his campaign. While vulnerable Republican Senator Thom Tillis has relied heavily on corporate special interests to support his struggling re-election effort, Cal has pledged to decline corporate PAC money. The Senate fundraising activity for the 14 days from June 17 through June 30 includes more than $520,000 raised in contributions, and 72% of donors to Cal’s campaign in this period were North Carolinians. The campaign will also report a $200,000 candidate loan and now has more than $700,000 cash on hand at the end of the second quarter.
“Since we launched our campaign for Senate last month, I’ve been humbled by the strong support and deeply moved by the positive response from folks in every corner of North Carolina who agree we need new leadership,” said U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham. “I’m running for Senate to take on the political corruption in Washington and the politicians like Senator Tillis who are standing in the way of solutions because they’re bought and paid for by Washington special interests. These early resources will help us hit the ground running as we work to win this race and move North Carolina forward.”
Cal’s impressive fundraising pace significantly exceeds what Tillis raised after he announced his Senate campaign in 2013. Cal’s strong fundraising total adds to the campaign’s early momentum after announcing he has earned endorsements from 70 leaders across North Carolina – including former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan – and from leading national veterans’ organization VoteVets.
Cal is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, business leader, former State Senator, and Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Crime Commission. He is committed to reforming the corrupt political system in Washington that prevents us from solving the big problems facing hardworking North Carolina families.