- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich on Friday reported bringing in nearly $850,000 toward his re-election effort during the final quarter of 2013.

Begich’s campaign, in a filing with the Federal Election Commission, reported ending the year with $2.8 million on hand.

The contributions from October through December include about $528,000 from individuals and about $277,000 from political committees.

Begich campaign manager Susanne Fleek-Green, in a statement, said Begich “is proud to have the growing support of thousands of Alaskans who know his Alaska roots, his efforts to deliver for Alaska and his efforts to cut federal spending.”

Begich is a first-term Democrat in a race that is expected to be hotly contested. Republicans have said they see the Alaska seat as key to efforts to try to reclaim control of the Senate.

Candidates vying for the GOP nomination include Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, former state Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller, the 2010 Republican nominee in the Senate race run that Lisa Murkowski won with a write-in campaign.

Treadwell’s campaign, which had previously released its fundraising total for the last quarter, also released its report on Friday, which was the filing deadline.

The campaign brought in about $229,000 - nearly all from contributions from individuals - and ended the year with about $95,000 on hand.

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