Berg marks strong fundraising since announcing Senate bid

Rick Berg

FARGO – North Dakota Rep. Rick Berg is off to a prosperous start in his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Democrat Kent Conrad.

The freshman congressman raised about $461,000 between April and June – the first reporting period since Berg launched his Senate campaign in mid-May.

According to Berg’s campaign staff, Berg now has $548,000 in cash on hand going into the second-half of 2011.

In-state donations – a large boost to Berg’s 2010 House campaign – marked nearly 54 percent of the second-quarter donations, his staff said.

“Tracy and I are humbled and encouraged by the outpouring of support we’ve received from the people of North Dakota,” Berg said in the campaign statement.

During his aggressive House campaign last year, Berg touted successful fundraising each quarter. Given this is now his second federal race, it’s no surprise Berg has marked a more successful first-quarter for this campaign than he did last year.

During the first three months of 2010, Berg’s House campaign was buffeted by more than $380,000 in contributions to jump-start his challenge to then-incumbent Rep. Earl Pomeroy.

So far, Berg remains unopposed in the 2012 Senate race, although others have expressed interest in challenging him.

The Democrats’ foremost option is Pam Gulleson, a former state legislator and chief of staff for retired U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan. A couple weeks back, Gulleson appeared to be coordinating the seedlings of a campaign when she released a public statement regarding the Minot flood. However, a firm candidacy by the Rutland farmer has yet to be declared.

Following Berg’s announcement two months ago, Republicans Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk and perennial congressional candidate Duane Sand backed down from their Senate bids and, instead, shifted their sights to fill Berg’s House seat in the 2012 race.

However, it’s possible Berg still might face opposition for the GOP endorsement next spring. Earlier this year, Republican Party treasurer Robert Harms voiced interest in seeking the party’s nomination, but he’s been largely under the radar so far in this political cycle.

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