Congressional candidate Barney raises $210,000 in Q2

DOVER — Congressional candidate Sean Barney raised $210,000 in the second quarter of 2016, his campaign announced Thursday.

Although the full financial reports will not be published by the Federal Election Commission until July 15, Mr. Barney’s campaign released preliminary information touting what it called a “strong” haul.

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Mr. Barney, a former adviser to Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Gov. Jack Markell, has now raised about $441,000 since entering the competition in December. He brought in $150,000 last quarter.

One of five Democrats in the race for the open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Barney has sought to differentiate himself by citing his background as a Marine.

Much of the money he raised in the previous two quarters came from out of state, including from veterans’ organizations.

“I’m thankful for the grassroots supporters who fuel this campaign,” Mr. Barney said in a statement.

“Our strong fundraising shows that people are ready for leaders with a proven track record of results who will reach across the aisle to get Congress working again. No one ever asked us in the Marines if we were Democrats or Republicans — they just expected us to work together for the good of the country. That’s the attitude I will take to Congress, and that is why so many people continue to join this campaign.”

As of April, State Sen. Bryan Townsend of Newark had raised the most money among those seeking the seat.

The Democratic primary is Sept. 13.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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