[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/05/06/liberal.republicans/art.specter.gi.jpg caption="Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's campaign raised $1.73 million in the second quarter of 2009."](CNN) - Sen. Arlen Specter's campaign said Tuesday it raked in $1.73 million in the second quarter of this year, giving the Republican-turned-Democrat from Pennsylvania around $7.5 million in cash on hand.
"Our impressive fundraising this quarter demonstrates the strong support I have in the Democratic Party and across Pennsylvania," said Specter in a statement released by his campaign Tuesday.
Rep. Joe Sestak's re-election campaign reported Monday that the Pennsylvania Democrat raised more than $1 million in this year's second quarter, with around $4.2 million in the bank.
The two-term congressman from the state's 7th District has said that he plans to challenge Specter for the Democratic Senate nomination next year. Specter has the backing of President Barack Obama and party leaders as he gears up for re-election in 2010. On Tuesday, his campaign pointed to a new string of endorsements by local Democratic officials as evidence he was making headway in his efforts to win over the party's base.
On Monday, Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey said his campaign for the Senate has raised $1.6 million since he jumped into the race on April 15. Toomey's campaign also announced that they have $1.1 million cash on hand.
Ole flip flop himself, Mr. sell out to the highest bidder,he needs to retire and get out of the way.
Don't count old Arlen out. I said if I were a Pennsylvanian, I would support Sestak. But i'm not to sure if he's a true democrat. I would like to hear them debate.
enough spector, as a democrat, I ask you to retire
thank you for your service
let someone else lead
just because you have a fan base does not mean you should be a leader of our country
Will he return the money he raised when he was a Republican?
He's gonna need tons of money. He's upset a lot of republicans and the dems don't really care for him much either.
Spector knows how to squeeze lobbyists for campaign cash but doesn't know when it is time to quit. He needs to retire and give someone else a chance to serve. He's been there long enough.
CNN! We all love Barack Obama. Anyone he chooses sits on the Board..
Specter...with all the money will not outrace his opponent ...just look at this man...looking at as a loser.....!!!!!
Where are they getting the money to run for election...I thought this country was broke? I guess no one told the people with the money...
I suppose it's an industry like any other, and provides jobs to those who are engaged to raise money, book ads, write ads, shoot commercials, etc.,......but I really wish money simply were not even a factor in the electoral process. ALL of them – Repubs and Dems – ought to concentrate on legislating, not money-raising. 😛
Arlen looks like he just spent an unsuccessful 2 hours on the porcelain pony. Bran muffins, Arlen... bran muffins.
Ahh, the Acorn factor finally slips inbetween the sheets.
new blood ,,,,,old timer...c u
Is Pennsylvania really this stupid?? Would appear so. How can anyone from either party want anything to do with this loser?
Time for you retire old man
Atta boy, Specter! Now that's an encouragin' sign. If you keep up the momentum, you may even win. Who knows? But try to be a gentleman, which is not easy in politics.
It must be nice when George Soros and the Acorn Bundlers kick it up a notch~! Gotta keep Obama's puppets in place...
For all you James Bond fans, isn't it funny that as time goes on Arlen S.P.E.C.T.E.R is looking more and more like Ernst Blofeld?
Please Pennsylvania, I'm begging you....anybody butt Arlen Sphincter.
"Specter has the backing of President barak obama" How nice. What's the deal, is he part negro or does he have a black teen-age girlfriend. There must be some reason to support him.
So long as Specter supports the President's agenda and does not come across looking like an opportunist who is playing both sides he will be re-elected.