FOLLOW THE MONEY: Tom Cotton outraised Mark Pryor in the 2nd quarter. Pryor people suggest Cotton was helped by billionaires who feted him, at their expense, at places like The Cloisters in Georgia.

Rep. Tom Cotton,
the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said his campaign raised $2.28 million in the second quarter of the year, $700,000 more than the $1.5 million incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor raised in the second quarter.

For the whole campaign, Cotton has raised about $7 million and Pryor about $9 million. (Those totals were not included in the Cotton news releae.) Judging by anecdotal observation of the tidal wave of independent TV advertising, Cotton enjoys a broad advantage in outside spending.


The Cotton campaign naturally touts the latest report as a positive trend and claims  a greater proportion of its giving from small donors.

Said Erik Dorey of Pryor’s campaign:


“Frankly, we’re surprised it took this long for someone as ambitious as Congressman Cotton to rally his out-of-state billionaires behind his otherwise troubled candidacy. Last month, Cotton skipped arguably the most important annual festival for his congressional district in order to glad-hand with the Koch Brothers in California luxury. Cotton hasn’t shown he cares much for Arkansans — just look at his votes against affordable student loans, disaster aid and equal pay for women.”

The Pryor campaign also took pleasure in pointing out freebie trips Cotton has disclosed to pricey resorts to rub shoulders with big-dollar contributors — $1,260 paid by the Club for Growth took Cotton to an event at The Breakers in Palm Beach in March; $1,440 by the Heritage Foundation to go to the Royal Sonesta in Baltimore in February; and the $2,058 the American Enterprise Institute paid to take him to The Cloister at Sea Island, Ga., in March.

PS — Pryor says his campaign has more than $4 million on hand. The Cotton campaign hasn’t released its cash position. The Hill speculates that could mean a big burn rate.