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Paul passes $1 million mark

Kentucky Senate hopeful Rand Paul hit a $1 million campaign fund-raising benchmark after netting an additional $185,000 through the same "money bomb" technique that his father Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas pioneered.

Rand Paul's campaign encouraged donors to contribute on Wednesday in response to primary opponent Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson's $500-a-plate fund-raiser headlined by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman John Cornyn, R-Texas.

"The money bomb yesterday put in contrast the two campaigns," Rand Paul said. "Ours is definitely a campaign of the outsiders versus the insiders."

A significant portion of Paul's fundraising has come from out-of-state donors who contribute small amounts, he said. His campaign has received more than $700,000 since July 1 — more than $400,000 of that was raised in one day during his last online fundraiser.