The Washington Times - July 16, 2012, 11:41AM

St. Louis businessman John Brunner again has turned to his personal wealth to help fund his U.S. Senate bid, lending himself $2.54 million between April and June, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

Mr. Brunner, a Republican, also raised $194,000 and ended the second quarter with $183,000 in his campaign chest — well below the $1.4 million Rep. W. Todd Akin, a GOP opponent, has on hand. Mr. Akin, a six-term congressman also from St. Louis, raised $280,000 during the same period.

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Former Missouri state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, a third GOP contender, has not yet released her second-quarter fundraising. She led in the most recent polls on the race, taken at the end of May.

The candidate who wins the Aug. 7 primary will go on to face Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is likely to face a tough challenge. Regarded as a tossup, the election will help determine which party controls the Senate in January.