McDaniel raises $1 million for governor’s race


LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Monday he has raised more than $1 million for his 2014 campaign for governor.

McDaniel said he has received $1,035,619 from 883 individuals and businesses in July, August and September, his first quarter of fundraising for the race.

During the same period, McDaniel said his campaign spent $138,525.

“Arkansas needs leadership committed to doing great things and meeting the challenges of a 21st century economy. That’s why I’m running for Governor,” McDaniel said in a news release. “In the coming months, I will be talking about our future and what we can accomplish by rolling up our sleeves and working together.”

McDaniel, a Democrat, is the only announced candidate for governor so far, but a spokesman for former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who is seen as a likely Democratic challenger, issued a response Monday to McDaniel’s release.

“While Bill continues to receive encouragement for a campaign for governor, he remains focused on the upcoming legislative elections. He hopes that this drain of $1 million in campaign resources for an election two years from now does not result in Democratic legislative losses in three weeks,” Halter spokesman Bud Jackson said.

Democrats are trying to retain control of the Legislature amid a Republican push to gain majorities in the state House and Senate in the Nov. 6 general election.