Nixon raises $1.4 million in second quarter

Attorney General Jay Nixon’s campaign for governor raised $1.41 million in the second quarter of the year and received an additional $351,788 in in-kind contributions, the campaign reported today.

Because Nixon faces only token opposition in the Democratic primary, he was able to bank $1.05 million for the fall campaign. It left him with a cash balance of $3.75 million, according to a summary of the quarterly fundraising report Nixon will file later today with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Nixon spokesman Oren Shur said the fundraising showed that Missourians were looking for their leaders to take the state in a new direction.

“As Missouri families look at the candidates in this race, they see that Jay Nixon is the only candidate offering new, fresh ideas to move our state forward,” Shur said in a statement. “Meanwhile, our opponents want to stay the course with the same failed policies of Matt Blunt and George W. Bush. With gas at $4 a gallon, jobs leaving the state and health care premiums skyrocketing, Missouri families simply can’t afford more of the same. It’s time for a change.”

The quarter brought Nixon’s total fundraising to $8.19 million. But that number includes some $1.31 million that had to be refunded after the Missouri Supreme Court restored limits on campaign contributions last year.

Nixon’s campaign said the money came from more than 20,000 contributors, the majority of whom contributed $100 or less. The campaign attributed the strong fundraising to more than 120 local fundraisers throughout the state.

Nixon reported spending $355,427 in cash during the second quarter. The in-kind expenditures brought the total spent on his campaign for the quarter to $707,216.