We read that Sen. John McCain’s re-election campaign started the year with $5,054,667.96 in its war chest, more than $50,000 more than it had at the end of September, according to his campaign finance report for the last three months of 2009.
McCain started the fourth quarter with $5,003,814.77. He raised $811,658.32 from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 and spent $760,805.13 in the same period.
The fourth-quarter reports are due to the Federal Election Commission by the end of Sunday, but AZ/DC obtained an early copy of McCain’s, according to the daily’s McCain point man, Dan Nowicki in his AZ/DC blog.
Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a popular conservative, is on the brink of announcing a formal primary challenge to the senior senator. Hayworth has set up a web site to take online contributions at www.JD2010.com.