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Bivens reports $390K haul for fourth quarter

Don Bivens (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Don Bivens reported bringing in $390,000 for his U.S. Senate campaign in the fourth quarter of 2011, including $160,000 of his own money.

Bivens’ campaign trumpeted a total fundraising haul of more than $700,000 for the campaign. The attorney and former Arizona Democratic Party chairman raised $325,000 in the first quarter of his campaign after six weeks of fundraising.

A Bivens spokesman said the campaign had about $504,000 on hand.

The campaign boasted that it raised the money from more than 1,200 donors, with 75 percent of Bivens’ campaign cash coming from contributors in Arizona. Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, Bivens’ opponent in the Democratic primary, raised a whopping $570,000 in the first six weeks of his campaign, but raised it from less than 400 contributors.

“While we are up against D.C. insiders in this primary, I am committed to making sure Arizona Democrats have a choice next August. I am personally invested in making sure that we are represented in the U.S. Senate by someone who has spent their lifetime fighting for the principles of our party and someone who Arizonans can count on to stand up for them in the U.S. Senate,” Bivens said in a press release.

Businessman Wil Cardon and U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, the two Republicans in the race for retiring U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl’s seat, have not reported their fourth quarter fundraising numbers yet.

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