Baucus Raises $1.5 Million for 2014 Re-election Campaign

By Beacon Staff

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus is reporting strong fundraising as he prepares for his 2014 re-election campaign.

Baucus’ campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show he raised $1.5 million over the first three months of the year. He holds $5 million in his campaign coffers, with the election more than 1 ½ years away.

Baucus starts the 2014 race with a significant fundraising and name recognition advantage over early Republican hopefuls.

The six-term Democrat is the third-longest serving U.S. senator.

Former state senator Corey Stapleton reported Tuesday that he raised about $140,000 in the first quarter. The Billings financial adviser and former naval officer finished second last year in a crowded Republican primary field seeking to be governor.

Current state Rep. Champ Edmunds of Missoula did not release his fundraising total Tuesday.

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