Moran raises $90,000 more than Tiahrt in second quarter

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In their Republican primary campaigns for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, Jerry Moran raised nearly $90,000 more than Todd Tiahrt during the second quarter, according to a report filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

Moran also had nearly $1 million more in cash on hand than his congressional colleague at the end of the second quarter on June 30.  Moran’s cash lead is about $800,000 for the primary race when general-election funds are factored in, said Joe Aistrup, political science professor at Kansas State.

Money given for the general election can’t be used for the primary campaign, he said.

For the second quarter, Moran spent about $1 million more than Tiahrt.

With the primary election on Aug. 3 less than three weeks away, Moran closed the second quarter with $2.269 million in cash on hand to Tiahrt’s $1.282 million.

The federal report showed Moran’s campaign had net contributions during the quarter of $535,000 and Tiahrt had $446,000. That was the most Tiahrt’s campaign has raised in a quarter, Tiahrt spokeswoman Michelle Schroeder said.

Moran, R-Hays, spent $1.75 million in the second quarter. Tiahrt, R-Goddard, spent $662,000 for that period.

Since his campaign officially began Jan. 8, 2009, Moran’s net contributions are $2.83 million. Tiahrt has received net contributions of $2 million since starting his campaign Feb. 5, 2009.

The cash on hand for both candidates reflect amounts carried over from fund-raising during their congressional races. Moran carried over $2.4 million, Tiahrt a little more than $1 million.