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Van Hollen raised $1.5M in second quarter

Van Hollen fundraising eclipses Edwards.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen will report raising $1.5 million in the second quarter of the year in his bid for Senate -- eclipsing the fundraising of his opponent -- the campaign said Wednesday.

The Montgomery County Democrat's campaign said 76 percent of its donors live in Maryland -- a statistic that was intended to draw a contrast with Rep. Donna F. Edwards, who has relied more on a national network of donors to fund her bid for the seat.

"There's no question that Marylanders are responding as Chris moves across the state hearing from voters who appreciate his record of effective leadership on the issues that matter most to families at their kitchen tables," Van Hollen campaign spokesman Erik Dorey said in a statement.

An aide previously said that Van Hollen would report having $3.5 million in the bank when the campaign submits its second quarter fundraising report to the Federal Election Commission next week.

As expected, Van Hollen's numbers were far higher than those for Edwards, who announced last week she had raised $590,000 from April through June. Repeating a practice she started in the first quarter, Edwards declined to preview how much money she has in the bank -- withholding important context of her financial position.

In its announcement Wednesday, the Van Hollen campaign didn't pull any punches, noting it would likely have an on-hand advantage of "at least 4-1" over Edwards. The announcement also noted that Edwards "quietly" disclosed her fundraising figures on a federal holiday.

Edwards supporters have said that the Prince George's County Democrat never expected to out-raise Van Hollen, a former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee who had an established fundraising operation before he announced his campaign. Instead, they have cast the campaign as a grassroots effort that is proud of its support from non-establishment figures, and that is steadily building a pool of small donors.

Still, many expected Edwards to offset her past lack of fundraising with help from groups like Emily's List and Democracy for America. But it's not clear whether Edwards has been able to tap into that national base of progressive donors inspired by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren or, more recently, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

State Sen. Jamie Raskin, who is running a left-leaning campaign for Congress in Maryland's 8th Congressional District, raised attention this week when he announced that he had collected more than $550,000 for the House campaign -- almost as much as Edwards.

Because both Edwards and Van Hollen announced their bid to replace the retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in March, the second quarter is the first in which both campaigns for were fully up and running. The campaigns will not report their fundraising again until October.

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