A few months into the 2004 campaign year, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has raised nearly $7.1 million for his re-election bid - about $2 million more than the total he collected during his entire 1998 campaign.
Reid, the Senate's assistant minority leader, announced his fund-raising total in filing his January-March financial disclosure statement with the Federal Election Commission. The money includes $4.9 million from individual donors and the rest mainly from political action committees.
The report shows Reid had total receipts of $688,176 in the first three months of 2004, and now has $4.6 million cash on hand. At the start of the year, the cash-on-hand total was $4.3 million.
"Our continued fund-raising efforts place Sen. Reid in a great position going into the election," Sean Sinclair, Reid's campaign manager, said Thursday.
The campaign, taking nothing for granted after the 1998 election that Reid won by a razor-thin margin of 428 votes, has set a $10 million fund-raising goal.
Political experts have said Reid learned his lesson in 1998, and is running hard from start to finish this year.
The strategy has worked - none of the top state Republicans already holding statewide elective office has decided to challenge Reid. His GOP opponents include Richard Ziser, the former chairman of a group that led the successful effort to ban gay marriage in Nevada; and Ken Wegner, a disabled Gulf War combat veteran.