Al Franken raises a hefty $3.3 million, easily outpacing McFadden


Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) speaks about net neutrality during a discussion hosted by the Free Press Action Fund on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 8. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) had another strong fundraising quarter, pulling in $3.3 million between April and June, outpacing his likely Republican opponent 3 to 1.

Businessman Mike McFadden (R), who has the endorsement of the state GOP, raised $1.1 million during the same period. McFadden has more than $2 million in his campaign account.

Franken, consistently one of the Senate's best fundraisers, ended June with more than $5 million cash on hand, his campaign said.

The first-term senator and former "Saturday Night Live" star is not viewed as particularly vulnerable. But GOP strategists like what they have seen from McFadden and believe that if 2014 becomes a GOP wave year, Franken might find himself in some trouble.

For now, though, the incumbent has the upper hand.

Sean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.”
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