Clay Aiken outpaced U.S. Rep Renee Ellmers in second-quarter campaign contributions, recently filed federal finance reports show.
The Democratic challenger and former pop singer raised more than $450,000 between April 1 and June 30. The Republican incumbent raised more than $396,000.
There are some other interesting comparisons in the numbers.
Aiken, who lives in Cary, has received almost $687,000 since he jumped into the race near the beginning of the year. Ellmers, of Dunn, has another year of fundraising to her advantage and reports receiving $1.3 million between January 2013 and June 2014.
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Almost $1 million of Ellmers’ money comes from political committees and $300,000 from individuals during that year-and-a-half span. Aiken has brought in almost $590,000 from individuals – many from other states – this year, and just $21,000 from committees.
Aiken reports $209,000 cash on hand, while Ellmers has $405,000.