NC-02: Clay keeping pace with Renee in money chase

It’s an overwhelmingly conservative congressional district.  A two term incumbent is running for reelection.  But Clay Aiken’s star power isca1 apparently helping to make a race of it:

“American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken announced raising $450,000 from April through June for his bid in North Carolina’s 2nd District — more than his Republican opponent, GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers. […]  Aiken had just $74,000 in cash on hand as of April 16, a few weeks before the state’s May 6 primary.

[…] Ellmers raised $396,000 in the second quarter, including numbers from her pre-primary report, which covered April 1-16. She reported $405,000 in the bank as of June 30.

Here’s what we found in FEC records.  As of June 30, Aiken had $589,015 in individual contributions to $304,910 for Ellmers. Ellmers blew away Aiken in PAC / Committee contributions — $993,132 to $21,000.   That’s right. Nearly ONE MILLION from PACs. 

Cash-on-hand is also a significant benchmark in campaign treasuries.  As of 6/30, Aiken had $209,145 on hand, while Ellmers had $405,039.