The Washington Times - July 11, 2012, 07:08AM

Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine raised $3 million in the past three months and finished the second quarter with more than $2.7 million on hand, while Republican rival George Allen raised more than $2 million but finished with $3.3 million in the bank.

Both second-quarter totals were the campaigns’ best to date in the high-stakes matchup between the two former Virginia governors. On top of Mr. Kaine’s total, his campaign already has purchased $3.5 million worth of fall advertising. Mr. Allen’s campaign reportedly is reserving millions of dollars’ worth of post-Labor Day air time as well.


“Since the start of this campaign, we have seen extraordinary grass-roots support for Gov. Kaine’s commitment to work together in Washington to create opportunities and improve the lives of all Virginians, and this quarter was no exception,” Kaine spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said.

Mr. Allen said he and his wife, Susan, were very grateful for the support and generosity of his donors.

“Each day people from every region of Virginia are joining our dedicated grass-roots team, and we’re encouraged by the strong growth in supporters who gave us our largest fundraising quarter of the campaign,” he said. “Our positive message for freedom and opportunity is resonating throughout Virginia as we fight for a more efficient, effective government that spends less and serves better.”