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July 21, 2014
Minnesota Democrats have two problems: The 8th District has changed, and Rep. Rick Nolan doesn’t want to.
The Gopher State Democrat returned to Congress in 2012 after a three-decade hiatus. This November, Nolan faces first-time candidate and wealthy businessman Stewart Mills in a historically strong Democratic district that encompasses Minnesota’s Iron Range.
But the district has become increasingly competitive in recent years, and sources from both parties question Nolan’s willingness to adapt to the requirements of a high-stakes, 21st century re-election campaign. Democrats highlight Nolan’s strong retail campaign skills and say they admire his principles — but others say a modern re-election requires more than that.
July 7, 2014
Al Franken knows the story — just not from this side.
In 2008, a first-time candidate dogged by his career history faced a formidable incumbent dragged down by an unpopular second-term president. The result: now-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., defeated then-Sen. Norm Coleman, a Republican, in a shockingly close race that only ended after a months-long contentious recount and legal battle.
Now Coleman’s hand-picked candidate wants to return the favor in 2014. Franken will face a wealthy investment banker and first-time candidate, Mike McFadden, in November — and this time, he’s the senator battling an unpopular president’s drag on the ballot.
June 13, 2014
Embattled Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., is struggling to fundraise for his campaign after a federal indictment, according to reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.
Grimm brought in $47,000 for his campaign between April 1 and June 4, according to his pre-primary fundraising report.
That’s far less than the $144,000 that his Democratic opponent, former New York City Councilmember Domenic M. Recchia Jr., raised in the same period.
Recchia now has a financial advantage over Grimm, banking $1.07 million to Grimm’s $1 million.
May 30, 2014
Recent fundraising reports filed Thursday for June 10 primaries give a glimpse of where those races stand, 10 days in advance.
On June 10, there will be House primaries in Maine and Virginia, where House Majority Leader Eric Cantor faces his most serious primary threat yet — although most Republicans expect him to prevail with a large margin.
Here’s what the reports, which cover the fundraising period from April 1 to May 21, show:
May 9, 2014
Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson out-raised his tea-party-bolstered Republican primary opponent in the final fundraising period of the contest.
According to pre-primary reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission, Simpson raised $193,000 from April 1 to April 30 and ended the month with $566,000 in cash on hand. Attorney Bryan Smith, who is backed by well-financed outside groups like the Club for Growth, raised $104,000 in April and had $231,000 in cash on hand.
Simpson and Smith will face off in a May 20 primary in Idaho’s 2nd District. More than $1 million from outside groups has been spent on the race in support of both candidates.
Update 9:45 a.m. | Democrat Val Arkoosh loaned her Pennsylvania congressional campaign $700,000 with weeks to go in a competitive primary, according to her pre-primary report filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.
Between April 1 and April 30, the physician, one of four Democrats seeking an open Philadelphia-area House seat, brought in $773,000 — including the sizeable personal loan — and reported $430,000 in cash on hand for the final days before the May 20 primary.
Thanks to her personal funds, Arkoosh’s haul far outpaced the other three candidates in the 13th District contest, including former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, state Rep. Brendan Boyle and state Sen. Daylin Leach. However, Boyle and Leach both filed 48-hour reports with the FEC May 8 — a week after the closing of the pre-primary period — showing Boyle giving $40,000 and Leach $250,000 out of pocket to their respective campaigns.
April 17, 2014
Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., counts many of Hollywood’s biggest names among his constituents in his 33rd District, located in the wealthy areas of L.A. County including Santa Monica, Malibu and Beverly Hills.
But now that he’s retiring from Congress after 20 terms, many of those famous names are appearing in the fundraising reports of the more than one dozen candidates seeking to replace him.
April 15, 2014
Embattled Rep. Michael G. Grimm of New York raised $346,000 in the first quarter, a large haul despite swirling controversy after the Staten Island Republican threatened to throw a reporter off of a balcony after the State of the Union address.
Grimm’s haul brings his total cash on hand to $1.17 million, according to his filing with the Federal Election Commission.
Included in Grimm’s first-quarter filing is $50,000 in legal fees to the law firm Patton Boggs. Grimm is currently under investigation for alleged campaign finance violations tied to his 2010 campaign.
April 11, 2014
Gwen Graham, an attorney and daughter of former Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., raised nearly half a million dollars in the first three months of the year for her congressional bid in Florida.
According to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call, the Democrat raised $485,000 in the first quarter and had $1.4 million in cash on hand at the end of March.
Graham is challenging GOP Rep. Steve Southerland II in Florida’s 2nd District, a top target for national Democrats.
Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos raised $403,000 in the first quarter, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.
The freshman Democrat banked much of that haul, increasing her cash on hand to $1.1 million as of March 31, according to her campaign.
Bustos faces a rematch with Republican Bobby Schilling, the congressman she ousted last cycle. Bustos won by 6 points as President Barack Obama carried the district with 57 percent of the vote.
April 10, 2014
Retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally, a Republican challenging Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in Arizona’s 2nd District, raised $449,000 in the first quarter, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.
McSally, touted as a top recruit by national Republicans, did not release how much cash she had on hand at the end of the quarter. As of Dec. 31, she had $548,000 in the bank.
Part of McSally’s first-quarter haul includes money from a fundraiser headlined by Speaker John A. Boehner in Tucson, Ariz., just before the end of the quarter.
April 8, 2014
Freshman Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and his Republican opponent, former Rep. Robert Dold, each raised more than $500,000 in the first quarter.
Looking to win back the 10th District seat he lost last cycle to Schneider, Dold brought in $520,000 in the first quarter and ended March with nearly $1.3 million in cash on hand, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call. Schneider, who announced his fundraising numbers Tuesday morning, raised more than $550,000 and had more than $1.3 million in cash on hand at the end of the quarter.
First quarter fundraising reports, covering January through March, are due April 15 to the Federal Election Commission. Full story
March 7, 2014
Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., far outraised his opposition in the competitive 13th District, according to fundraising reports filed Thursday — less than two weeks before the March 18 primary.
Davis raised $328,000 from Jan. 1 to Feb. 26, according to his pre-primary filing with the Federal Election Commission. Davis also reported $1.1 million in cash on hand.
The first-term congressman’s fundraising dwarfs that of his competitors.
November 4, 2013
With one day until the special-election runoff in Alabama’s 1st District, conservative groups are making a final push to affect the GOP contest that has become a national bellwether for Republicans.
Business groups are trying to boost former state Sen. Bradley Byrne over Dean Young, a tea-party-backed businessman who’s already made some controversial comments. Over the weekend, Ending Spending Inc., a PAC launched in 2010 by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, spent $102,000 in ads to promote Byrne, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
“Who can you trust with your money? Career politician Dean Young started numerous PACs, then paid most of the money raised to his own company,” says the ad.
October 15, 2013
The biggest news out of Tuesday’s Senate fundraising? Kentucky Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the third quarter.
Several other Senate challengers and incumbents also announced their hauls from June through September:
- #ARSEN: Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor raised about $1.1 million and had $4.4 million in the bank. His GOP challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton, raised “just over $1 million” and had about $1.8 million in cash on hand, per National Journal.
- #COSEN: Democratic Sen. Mark Udall raised $1.1 million and had $4.1 million in cash on hand, per The Denver Post. Republican state Sen. Owen J. Hill raised $250,000 and had $190,000 on hand, according to KDVR.
- #KYSEN: Grimes outraised Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the third quarter.
- #LASEN: Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu raised $1.35 million and had $5.8 million in cash on hand, per a news release. Her Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, raised “nearly $700,000″ and had $3.4 million in the bank, according to The Baton Rouge Advocate.