Kansas Democratic Senate candidate breaks fundraising record

Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Kansas, raised a record-breaking $13.5 million between July and September, she announced on Monday.

Bollier, currently a state senator, broke the three-month fundraising record for any candidate in Kansas by gathering more than triple what she collected in the previous quarter. The almost $4 million she received between April and June had been the previous record for a Kansas candidate.

Bollier thanked her 364,878 donors in a tweet, saying “I am so humbled by all of the support we’ve received from across Kansas to flip this seat and make history.”


The campaign reported an average contribution of $29.72 but did not say how many of the donors lived in the state, The Kansas City Star reported.

Her fundraising haul this quarter is more than the $12 million incumbent Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsSenate GOP faces retirement brain drain Roy Blunt won't run for Senate seat in 2022 Lobbying world MORE (R-Kan.) and independent Greg Orman collectively raised in 2014, The Kansas City Star noted. Roberts plans to retire after his term. 


Rep. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallCruz no longer wearing mask in Capitol The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle MORE, the Republican nominee for Senate, has not released his fundraising amounts for the quarter, but he has reported lower amounts than Bollier in previous quarters. 

Bollier, who left the Republican Party in late 2018, has almost $7.6 million in cash on hand as Election Day draws closer.

A Democrat has not won a Senate race in Kansas since 1932, according to the Kansas newspaper. But current polls show a tight race between the candidates.

Democrats experienced a strong fundraising boost recently after Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire Democrats roll out legislation to expand Supreme Court Pelosi rips McConnell in new book: He's an 'enabler of some of the worst stuff' MORE’s death and the Republican efforts to fill the Supreme Court vacancy before the elections. 

The total spending in the election so far by both candidates and supporting super PACs and other groups has reached about $29 million as of Oct. 11, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The highest spender has been the Senate Leadership Fund, a group that backs Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPew poll: 50 percent approve of Democrats in Congress Pelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Progressives put Democrats on defense MORE (R-Ky.), which gave $10 million to Marshall’s campaign.