By Jon Cassidy | Ohio Watchdog
COLUMBUS — Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican candidate Josh Mandel are keeping pace with each other in fundraising as they compete for the U.S. Senate seat in November.
Brown reported raising more than $3 million in the second quarter, and Mandel reported $2.6 million. Their reports were due Sunday to the Federal Elections Committee. Brown reported his totals on his campaign blog, and Mandel provided a copy of his FEC filing.
Since Jan. 1, 2011, Brown has total receipts of more than $11.1 million, while Mandel has raised $10 million, according to FEC records and the most recent reports.
Since the start of his term in 2007, Brown has raised a total of around $16 million, according to data by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan nonprofit that tracks the influence of money in U.S. politics.
Both candidates are getting support from their parties, but Mandel is getting more support from independent groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation’s largest industrial trade association.