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Hayworth to Report Raising $1 Million in First Quarter

Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth’s (R-Ariz.) Senate campaign announced Thursday that it will report raising in excess of $1 million during the first quarter of the year.

According to campaign manager David Payne, that total includes fundraising from Feb. 15, when Hayworth declared his primary challenge to Sen. John McCain, until midnight March 31, and is powered largely by a big fundraising push in March. Payne confirmed that the $937,000 figure on Hayworth’s Web site is what the campaign will report having raised during the past month, just short of its $1 million target.

He dismissed questions raised by the McCain campaign asking whether Hayworth operatives were padding their numbers with pledges or other gimmicks. “This is actual cash, credit cards and checks. I don’t know how else to say that,” Payne said.

The McCain campaign announced Wednesday that it raised $2.2 million in the first quarter and ended March with $4.5 million in cash on hand. Payne declined to disclose Hayworth’s cash-on-hand total at the end of the quarter.

That and all other question marks about the two campaigns’ finances will be revealed when they file their quarterly reports, due to the Federal Election Commission on April 15.

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