Begich reports his biggest fundraising haul

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich brought in just over $1.25 million during the last quarter, his biggest haul so far this cycle. But his campaign spent nearly $2 million toward his re-election bid.

As of June 30, the Alaska Democrat had about $2.2 million available.

Republicans see the Alaska race as key to their efforts to win back control of the Senate. The three most prominent Republican candidates are Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller and former state Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan.

The reporting deadline is Tuesday.

Begich spokesman Max Croes says 5,000 individual Alaskans have contributed to Begich’s campaign so far, more than in 2008. He said one of the big expenses has been TV and radio buys, but he says the campaign continues to be well positioned financially.