The second Republican running to win the party's nomination for the 2014 U.S. Senate seat is out with fundraising report totals. Sam Clovis, who is a professor and formerly aired a radio talk show in Sioux City, on Friday afternoon announced he had raised $75,000 for the last quarter.
That pales in comparison to the other candidate who has released a report, as state Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Red Oak, said she amassed $252,067. Ernst reported more than 500 donors, while Clovis pointed to more than 450 donors.
Ernst also had a good week in another respect, getting the endorsement of Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.
The reports summarize campaign finances from July 1 through Sept. 30, and are due to the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15. The other GOP senatorial candidates are David Young, Matt Whitaker and Paul Lunde.
Many of the candidates were just getting started when the last report was due July 15. In that quarter, Young, a former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, was the leading Republican senatorial candidate, with $155,785. Also in that quarter, former U.S. Attorney Whitaker brought in $115,091.
In that second quarter, Clovis raised $13,607, so he's raised less than $90,000 since beginning his campaign. He said he has $35,000 cash on hand after the third quarter.
“What started out as a western Iowa campaign in June, has quickly grown into a strong statewide grassroots organization with donations and support river to river,” said Michael Biundo, senior strategist for the Clovis campaign.
In a June 30 column for the Sioux City Journal, former Iowa House Speaker Christopher Rants, of Sioux City, predicted the first person to raise $250,000 would win the GOP nomination.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley is the sole Democrat in the field. He has not released his third quarter numbers, but in the last report raised $1.25 million in the second quarter and had $2 million cash on hand.
UPDATE AT 3 P.M. -- Braley has just announced he raised $900,000 for the quarter, putting him at more than $3 million since the beginning of the year. He has more than $2.3 million cash on hand after the quarter.