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Published October 15 2012

Berg raises total of $5.6 million, Heitkamp $3.7 million in U.S. Senate campaigns

BISMARCK – Rep. Rick Berg and former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp both took in about $1.6 million over the past three months, the two U.S. Senate campaigns said Monday.

Berg, a Republican, continues to lead all North Dakota candidates for federal office with about $5.6 million raised in the campaign.

Heitkamp, a Democrat, has raised about $3.7 million.

Monday was the deadline for federal candidates to file their latest quarterly finance reports with the Federal Election Commission, covering fundraising from July, August and September.

U.S. House candidate Kevin Cramer raised $476,000 in that period, pushing his total haul to more than $1 million.

Cramer’s opponent, Pam Gulleson, has not yet released her totals for the quarter. At the end of the last filing period, she reported $630,000 in fundraising.

Berg and Cramer provided copies of the FEC documents they filed to The Forum.

Those documents showed Berg spending about $2.3 million in the quarter and sitting on $1.5 million in cash on hand.

Heitkamp’s campaign declined to release its own filings, which will be published on the FEC’s website later this week. The campaign gave its fundraising total for the quarter, but did not provide further detail on expenditures or cash on hand.

In the House race, Cramer spent $418,000 last quarter and carried $321,000 in cash into the home stretch.

Cramer’s campaign also provided an itemized list of expenditures for the quarter. Most of his spending, about $277,000, went toward advertising. Other big-ticket expenditures included $19,500 for polling and $16,000 for yard signs.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Marino Eccher at (701) 241-5502