Pat Hughes announces $380,000 in receipts for September fundraising

Developer Patrick Hughes (R), who made some headlines last week for securing the endorsement of former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, told The Hill on Wednesday that he will report $380,000 in receipts in the month-plus after he entered the race in late August.

Hughes said a majority of that money is self-financed, though he declined to say how much. He will report about $340,000 cash on hand.

Hughes’s totals pale in comparison to a couple of self-funders on the Democratic side, who have reported around $1 million in receipts in recent days. But conservatives are holding out hope that he can make himself a viable alternative.

He emphasized that his fundraising effort is really just getting off the ground now, with the formation of a finance team consisting of Ditka, Tellabs executive Mike Birck and investor Peter Huizenga, the brother of Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga.