When we first reported the story back on April 21, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal had accepted about $223,000 in political action committee money, now his total is up to $480,000. His Republican opponent Linda McMahon continues to hammer him on the issue. His campaign maintains that when he made the statement a day after getting into the race in January, he was talking about his past campaigns for attorney general and not the U.S. Senate race.