Bills reports raising $50,000 for Senate race

The campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills reports raising “more than $50,000″ in the “first three weeks of fundraising.” The campaign said he raised the money from more than 500 donors.

“The number of motivated, regular people contributing to our campaign is so encouraging because that is ultimately the key over the long haul,” Bills’ campaign chair Rep. Keith Downey, R-Edina, said in a statement.

Since Bills report hasn’t yet been published on the FEC site, it isn’t clear whether the fundraising totals released by the campaign include money raised in the 2nd quarter of the year. Federal candidates are required to report their fundraising activities from January 1 through April 1. Bills announced his candidacy on March 8 of this year.

Update: Mike Osskopp, the campaign manager for Bills, says the FEC report will show BIlls raised $47k from 470 donors during the 1st Quarter of the year.

The Bills campaign also announced in a press release that Bills has the support of 34 legislators. His campaign has not yet provided specifics on which members are backing the Rosemount Republican.

Bills is the last Republican U.S. Senate candidate to release his fundraising reports. Army veteran Pete Hegseth reported raising $160,000 in the first quarter. Former state Rep. Dan Severson reported raising $53,000 in the same time period.

Whoever wins the GOP nomination will challenge DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar in November.

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