Etheridge’s campaign maintains a big lead in contributions for the election cycle, reporting $1.16 million to Ellmers’ $452,000. It also has a huge advantage in cash on hand, $448,788 to Ellmers’ $99,461, reports Jay Price.
But in the three months ending Sept. 30, Ellmers’ campaign pulled in $264,000 to Etheridge’s $250,000. Given the advantages of incumbency, Ellmers said, that edge is a measure of voters’ unhappiness with the way business is done in Washington.
In a news release, her campaign boasted that it had outraised Etheridge by a margin of 2-to-1 among individuals ($260,000 to $109,000). The rest of Etheridge’s money, it said, came from Washington special interests and political action committees.
The news release doesn’t mention another kind of campaign spending that could help Ellmers level the playing field: her campaign has benefitted from $365,000 in attack advertising paid for by two independent groups that don’t have to identify the sources of their money.
The groups, Americans for Job Security and the 60 Plus Association, are widely believed to get funding from conservative business interests.