Richardson fund-raising not on par with leaders, but ahead of stragglers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More candidates are revealing just how well they're doing with fund-raising, and how much of that money they're spending.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson says he raised $7 million in the second quarter of this year for his Democratic presidential campaign, and had an equal amount in the bank when that quarter ended.

The reports show he spent $5 million during that time, half of it on direct mail and TV ads.

It's far short of the amounts raised by Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. But it pushes him well ahead of lagging contenders like Joe Biden and Christopher Dodd, and within sight of John Edwards.

Candidates who haven't yet filed their reports have until midnight Sunday to do so.

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