McConnell’s Warchest: $7.4 Million

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon on Capitol Hill.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who’s seeking a sixth term in 2014, began this year with $7.4 million in campaign funds.

The Kentucky Republican raised $769,000 in the final three months of 2012, according to a report McConnell’s campaign filed late last week with the Federal Election Commission.

McConnell received political donations from companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co, United Parcel Service and Koch Industries. Republican strategist Charlie Black, former Rep. Susan Molinari of New York and former Sen, Don Nickles of Oklahoma donated to McConnell’s campaign in late 2012 through a joint fundraising committee.

McConnell has more than twice as much in the bank as he did six years ago, when he began 2007 with $2.7 million in campaign funds. McConnell was re-elected with 53 percent of the vote in 2008, spending more than $21 million in the process. A pro-McConnell super-political action committee was created last year.

Kentucky Democrats weighing the 2014 race include actress Ashley Judd.

McConnell would be in line to become majority leader if he were re-elected and Republicans made a net gain of six seats. Democrats control 55 Senate seats.

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