Bernie Moreno, a US Senate candidate vying for the Republican nomination to take on three-term incumbent Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown next year, reportedly raised $4 million in the third quarter, according to campaign finance disclosures, and $3 million has already come in. from his own pocket.
The wealthy Cleveland businessman, who has received praise from former President Donald Trump, also revealed he has about $5 million in cash on hand.
The Republican campaign provided those numbers to Politico ahead of the Oct. 15 disclosure deadline with the Federal Elections Commission.
Moreno, who made headlines earlier this year for proposing reparations for white descendants of Civil War soldiers during a campaign stop, is one of the first major Republican Senate candidates to announce his campaign haul for the third quarter, which runs from July 1 to Sept. 30.
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Moreno previously said he raised nearly $2.3 million in the second quarter. This is his second bid for the US Senate after a brief run in 2022.
Trump, who played a key role in throwing support behind candidates in the midterms, praised Moreno in a TRUTH Social post in April but has yet to endorse a candidate in the 2024 race.
“The word is that Bernie Moreno, the highly respected businessman from the GREAT STATE of Ohio, and the father-in-law of the amazing young Congressman, Max Miller, is thinking of running for the Senate. He will not be easily defeated , especially against Brown, one of the worst in the Senate!” Trump wrote.
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Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, considered a top Trump ally, endorsed Moreno in May.
“Excited to endorse Bernie Moreno for senate. He is a good friend, a job creator, and will be an amazing senator. We’d make a hell of a team!” Vance wrote on X, which was still known as Twitter at the time.
Aside from Moreno, considered a political outsider, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and State Sen. Matt Dolan, whose family owns the Cleveland Guardians baseball team, is also vying for the GOP nomination to face Brown. Roll Call considers Brown one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the 2023 election.
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Both Moreno and Dolan have the ability to finance their campaigns by dipping into their own fortunes. In the 2022 race, Moreno reported more than $3 million in self-financing, according to Politico.