(CNN) - At a house party earlier this month, Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle raved about how she uses "friendly press outlets" to make direct fundraising appeals to conservative viewers.
"[It's] not so much the guy that's interviewing me-it's their audience that I'm trying to reach," Angle said, according to audio posted online by well known Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston. "So, if I can get on Rush Limbaugh, and I can say, 'Harry Reid needs $25 million. I need a million people to send $25 to SharronAngle.com'…The day I was able to say that [I] made $236,000 dollars."
"When I said it on Sean Hannity's television show we made $40,000 before we even got out of the studio in New York," Angle added.
Angle was explicit in her explanation of what makes a "friendly press outlet."
"I'm going on Bill O'Reilly the 16th. They say, 'Bill O'Reilly, you better watch out for that guy, he's not necessarily a friendly,' Doesn't matter-his audience is friendly," she said.
"When I get a friendly press outlet-not so much the guy that's interviewing me-it's their audience that I'm trying to reach," Angle explained.
Angle's spokesman could not confirm whether it's the campaign's official position that it's appropriate to use media interviews to fundraise.
"All she says here is that when she is able to reach national audiences, viewers respond by showing financial support," spokesman Jarrod Agen told CNN. "…The more people hear Sharron speak, the more they like her and want to support her."
Angle's opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has out-raised the Tea Party-backed candidate by a more than 5-to-1 margin and has more than five times more cash on hand than her, according to OpenSecrets.
According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released September 15, the race between Reid and Angle is statistically deadlocked, with 42 percent of likely voters supporting Angle and 41 percent backing Reid.