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Finkenauer outraising, outspending Blum

Millions being spent in 1st District race

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, poses for a photo with Abby Finkenauer at a canvassing event for Abby Finkenauer at her campaign office on First Avenue Southeast in Cedar Rapids on Friday, June 29, 2018. Finkenauer was joined by state and federal representatives. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, poses for a photo with Abby Finkenauer at a canvassing event for Abby Finkenauer at her campaign office on First Avenue Southeast in Cedar Rapids on Friday, June 29, 2018. Finkenauer was joined by state and federal representatives. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

WATERLOO — State Rep. Abby Finkenauer continues to outraise and outspend U.S. Rep. Rod Blum in the race for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District.

Finkenauer’s campaign raised $1.6 million in the three-month period that ended Sept. 30.

That was more than three times the $469,519 raised by the Blum campaign during the same time, according to reports filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission.

Finkenauer has raised $3.38 million and spent $2.9 million during the campaign, according to a new report released Monday.

Blum has raised $1.58 million and spent $962,855.

Since July, Finkenauer has spent $1.8 million and Blum $705,687, the report states.

Blum has more cash on hand with $1.27 million for the final month of the campaign, while Finkenauer, 29, has $637,833.

Both candidates have received money from political action committees this quarter: Finkenauer’s campaign received $201,987 and Blum’s $132,088.

The report does not reflect the millions being poured into the race by outside political action committees.

Blum, 63, the Republican incumbent, and Finkenauer, 29, the Democratic challenger, are both from Dubuque. The district includes Cedar Rapids.

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