A fundraising email sent by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to supporters shortly after noon today set a new standard for aggressive – even for the junior senator, who has a reputation for her over-the-top appeals for campaign cash.

The missive bore the subject line “outspent,” and read in part:

” One of the mottos that our campaign has adopted from the first day is that we can be outspent, but we can never be outworked.”

“I’m proud that our election results have borne this out time and again. Now, with less than 100 days until election day, we have an opportunity to take advantage of our strong position and solidify our lead in the fundraising race and at the polls. But the only way we can achieve that is with your dedicated and generous support.”

Gillibrand urged her backers to contact her campaign finance director, Ross Offinger, and donate, noting she has $3,250 to go before reaching her latest self-imposed fundraising goal.

At the end of the last fundraising quarter, Gillibrand reported taking in $1.5 million in just three months and having more than $9 million on hand.

Her GOP/Conservative opponent, Wendy Long, is mired in debt and having a tough time raising any cash at all. She had about $110,000 on hand following the June 26 GOP primary, in which she defeated Rep. Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.

It has become standard for Gillibrand to sound alarm bells – even when she appears in very little danger of being defeated, according to multiple statewife polls – in her fundraising appeals, warning of extreme right-wing boogeymen who would like nothing better than to take her out.

The idea that Long could somehow outspend Gillibrand on her own (in other words, without some Super PAC coming in and dumping a ton of cash on this race) is incredibly far fetched.