Borrowing money

Barnes continues to dominate fundraising in US Senate race, lags in cash

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Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes has led fundraising in the U.S. Senate race in the fourth quarter of 2021 with ease, but two other Democratic primary candidates — Alex Lasry and Sarah Godlewski — have more cash in hand, as they both provided their campaigns with substantial loans from their own personal funds.

Republican incumbent Ron Johnson also has more cash on hand than any Democratic challenger, despite slower fundraising in 2021.

Barnes made just over $1.2 million from October through December, compared to just over $711,000 for Johnson, $473,000 for Lasry and nearly $361,000 for Godlewski, according to fundraising documents. countryside.

At the end of 2021, Johnson – running for his third six-year term – had about $2.46 million in the bank, compared to $1.3 million for Godlewski, $1.12 million for Lasry and 1, $1 million for Barnes.

Campaign disclosures indicate that Lasry, senior vice president of the Milwaukee Bucks and son of Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, made a personal loan of $2.35 million to the campaign, and Godlewski, the treasurer of the State of Wisconsin loaned him $1.43 million. Barnes made no loans or personal contributions to his own campaign.

In a tweet Wednesday, Barnes credited “small dollar donations” and said the most common occupation for donors was that of a teacher.

Barnes, 35, is seeking to become the state’s first black U.S. senator. The primary election among 12 Democratic candidates will take place on August 9 and the general election on November 8.