Mike Rounds raises $184K

Republican Senate candidate Mike Rounds raised around $184,000 the first three months of 2013.

Rounds’ report with the Federal Election Commission is not yet online, but an aide says the former governor has about $385,000 $369,000 in the bank.

The $184,000 quarter is a decrease from Rounds’ torrid fundraising pace after he got into the race — he took in $270,000 in just over one month in late 2012. That’s a monthly pace more than four times faster than the first quarter — though that first quarter also saw Rounds take in the low-hanging fruit, early supporters who max out their donations.

So far Rounds is the only declared candidate. Potential Democratic rivals such as Brendan Johnson and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin aren’t raising money and so don’t have to file FEC reports. Rep. Kristi Noem, who has refused to rule out a Senate run, topped Rounds this quarter with $270,000, though Rounds has more in the bank, $385,000 $369,000 to $285,000.