Alexi Giannoulias announces that he has raised $1.8 million to date for US Senate run

Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias raised $1.8 million to date for his Senate bid, while his likely Democratic rivals have zero dollars in their warchests.

Giannoulias has been fund-raising since March. Federal fund-raising reports, public next week, will show that Giannoulias raised about $670,000 in the second quarter of 2009.

He said he was "humbled and honored" that in his "horrible economy, people were so generous."