That’s how much money 1,848 candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House raised between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, according to the Federal Election Commission.
The total is up from $1.18 billion during the first 18 months of 2009-10 and $946 million over a similar period in 2007-08.
Congressional candidates must meet a deadline today for submitting updated campaign reports that itemize donations and spending for July, August and September.
Top-flight House candidates will report raising more than $500,000 during the three-month period, and some will disclose receipts exceeding $1 million. Senate campaigns generally cost more than House campaigns, and candidates in the most competitive Senate races on Nov. 6 will report seven-figure fundraising for the third quarter.