Avakian, Wu report strong fundraising



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Embattled Oregon Congressman David Wu and one of his Democratic primary challengers are both reporting strong fundraising during the pas three months.

Wu’s campaign announced Thursday that he raised $230,000 between April and June. Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian’s campaign said he took in $195,000 during the period.

Avakian entered the race in April following reports about Wu’s antics. Wu acknowledged that several staff members quit because of his inappropriate behavior in the run-up to his 2010 campaign.

Avakian reported spending about $70,000 in the second quarter. He had $124,000 in the bank and no debt. Wu had $340,000 on hand.

State Rep. Brad Witt announced last week he also will seek the Democratic nomination. He won’t have to report fundraising totals until October.