U.S. Rep. John Spratt has maintained his fundraising lead over Republican challenger Mick Mulvaney, according to numbers released Friday.
Spratt's campaign announced he raised $635,000 in June, July and September and has received $1.8 million from donors since the campaign began. The York Democrat has about $1 million to spend during the final weeks.
Mulvaney's campaign raised almost $600,000 in the third quarter and $1.2 million so far. He had $567,990 on hand to spend as the campaign winds down, campaign spokesman Bryan Partridge said.
Spratt picked up donations from 1,656 individuals, while the Mulvaney campaign said it has 3,500 donors.
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In 2006, Republican challenger Ralph Norman spent $1.2 million but lost to Spratt by 57 percent to 43 percent.
The climate is different this year, with outside groups launching a TV blitz against Spratt in hopes of unseating the 14-term incumbent, who is chairman of the House Budget Committee.
"It's obviously coming down on me like a ton of bricks," Spratt said Friday in a debate. He said a recent Supreme Court ruling opened the floodgates for unlimited corporate spending in elections.
"This is not good for South Carolinians whose voices are going to be drowned out."
Mulvaney said Friday he has no control over outside groups.
"Do I like the TV ads? No," he said. "It only confuses people when all this outside money comes in. The truth of the matter is, right now it's the law. It's the same for both candidates."