WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton reported yesterday that she has raised $27.2 million for her re-election bid next year, solidifying her position as the best-bankrolled Senate incumbent or candidate running in 2006.
Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, who is seeking the right to challenge the New York Democrat, has raised $438,555 since announcing her candidacy in August, according to her initial campaign spending report due at the Federal Elections Commission today.
Pirro said in New York that she is not concerned about her fundraising ability.
"We've raised a reasonable amount of money … in about four or five weeks," she said. "I'm confident that we are going to have the money to take on Hillary Clinton. The fundraising potential is enormous."
But New York Democrats said that was an "embarrassing amount," given that former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former congressman Rick Lazio reported raising $7 million and $5 million, respectively, in their first filings when they ran against Clinton in 2000.
"Sometimes, numbers speak louder than words. These numbers aren't breaking whisper," said Clinton campaign strategist Howard Wolfson.