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October 8, 2013

Louisiana Republicans Report Special Election Fundraising

Two Republicans running in a crowded special election for Louisiana’s 5th District seat have each raised more than $560,000, according to reports filed recently with the Federal Elections Commission.

State Rep. Jay Morris raised $566,000 — which includes a $295,000 loan to his campaign — and reported $188,000 in cash on hand at the end of the pre-primary period. State Sen. Neil Riser raised $561,000 and reported $210,000 in cash on hand.

Riser and Morris are running to replace GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander, who resigned from Congress to take a post in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration last month. They are two of 14 candidates running in the wide-open Oct. 19 special primary.

Other candidates who reported pre-primary fundraising hauls include:

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House Democrat’s Low Fundraising Sparks Retirement Rumors (Again)

House Democrats Low Fundraising Sparks Retirement Rumors (Again)

Peterson posted weak fundraising again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., raised about $83,000 in the third quarter, according to his third-quarter fundraising report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Peterson’s fundraising haul is $10,000 less than last quarter’s fundraising total — both considered to be paltry sums for a long-time member of Congress. He reported $227,000 in the bank.

Such a small haul raises questions about Peterson’s plans for 2014 because weak fundraising can signal that a member is looking to retire. On Tuesday, Peterson’s campaign said in a statement that the congressman is still considering his plans for 2014.

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Obama Donors Boost Honda Primary Opponent in California (Updated)

Obama Donors Boost Honda Primary Opponent in California (Updated)

Honda, left, has a Democratic challenger in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:01 p.m. | Attorney Ro Khanna, a Democrat challenging longtime Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif., raised $504,000 in the third quarter, bringing his total cash on hand to $1.9 million, his campaign announced Tuesday.

It’s another impressive fundraising haul for Khanna, who brought in $1 million last quarter for the 17th District race. He’s raised $2.8 million total since entering the contest in this Northern California district, according to his campaign.

A number of top givers to Khanna’s campaign this quarter are major donors to President Barack Obama, including Sandi Thompson and Andy Spahn, who were listed as top donors and fundraisers for the president’s campaign in 2012. Khanna also counts Alison Pincus — who hosted a fundraiser for the Democratic Party with first lady Michelle Obama just this week — among his top donors.

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October 4, 2013

Hollywood Produces Dollars for Cory Booker

Newark Mayor Cory Booker brought in big bucks in the final weeks of his Senate bid in th New Jersey special election. That’s in part thanks to some megawatt help from Hollywood.

Our sister blog, Political MoneyLine, flagged a number of players in the entertainment industry who contributed toward his $2.58 million total haul for August and September: Full story

October 3, 2013

Two Democrats Rake in $600K in Massachusetts Special Election (Updated) | #MA05

Updated 7:12 p.m. | Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and state Sen. Katherine Clark, two of the five Democrats running in an upcoming special election primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, raised more than $600,000 each in the past three months.

Koutoujian raised about $610,000, while Clark pulled in $616,000, which includes a $250,000 personal loan to her campaign, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Koutoujian reported $690,000 in cash on hand less than two weeks out from the Oct. 15 primary, while Clark reported $390,000.

According to Koutoujian’s campaign, about $560,000 of the funds raised in that three-month period are designated for the primary. The remaining $40,000 is reserved for a general election, according to federal campaign finance law.

Clark’s campaign says that of the $390,000 in cash on hand it has, $283,000 is designated for the primary.

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October 2, 2013

Carl DeMaio Posts More Strong Fundraising in California Campaign

Carl DeMaio Posts More Strong Fundraising in California Campaign

DeMaio is a top recruit for House Republicans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former San Diego City Council Member Carl DeMaio, a Republican challenging freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., raised more than $325,000 in the third quarter, his campaign announced Wednesday.

DeMaio now has more than $700,000 in the bank more than a year from the election, when the 52nd District is expected to host one of the most competitive contests of the cycle.

His haul is also remarkable because DeMaio had toyed with running for mayor of San Diego instead for much of the third quarter. There is currently a special election to replace former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. DeMaio lost to Filner in the 2012 mayoral contest by a slim margin.

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September 30, 2013

A Contracting Company Ad … for Congress? | #MN06

Former state Rep. Tom Emmer, a Republican running in a crowded primary to replace retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota, may have violated campaign finance rules by appearing in a local contracting company’s television advertisement.

In the ad, Emmer identifies himself as a congressional candidate, stands in front of his campaign sign, then provides a glowing testimonial for a general contracting company located in the 6th District. The ad appeared on local cable channels in the district, according to Blue Stem Prairie, a left-leaning blog in Minnesota.

Emmer has since asked that the ad be taken off the air, saying he did not intend for the testimonial to be a spot for his campaign, according to the Minnesota Pioneer Press.

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September 13, 2013

Byrne Leads Special Election Fundraising Race | #AL01

Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne far outraised the crowded GOP primary field in the special election to replace former Rep. Jo Bonner in Alabama’s 1st District.

Byrne, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2010, raised $241,363 between July 1 and Sept. 4 and has $183,629 cash on hand going into the Sept. 24 primary, according to his filing with the Federal Elections Commission.

Byrne’s haul is nearly $80,000 more than former Republican National Committee aide Wells Griffith. He raised the second-highest amount at $162,250 in the same period and has $87,730 in cash on hand, according to his FEC filing.

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July 16, 2013

DesJarlais’ Paltry Fundraising Raises Doubts About Re-Election #TN04

DesJarlais Paltry Fundraising Raises Doubts About Re Election #TN04

DesJarlais had a tough fundraising quarter, taking in just $39,000. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais, the anti-abortion Republican physician accused of encouraging his wife and mistress to have multiple abortions, raised just $39,000 in the second quarter, according to his most recent report to the Federal Election Commission. It’s a paltry sum for an incumbent member and signals more trouble for his re-election prospects in 2014.

DesJarlais’ weak fundraising quarter and measly $88,000 in cash on hand casts doubt on whether he can run a competitive campaign against two well-funded Republican primary challengers. His 4th District is the state’s largest and most expensive congressional district in which to run a television campaign.

DesJarlais’ primary opponents — state Sen. Jim Tracy and state Rep. Joe Carr — raised $303,000 and $100,000, respectively, in the second quarter and count former DesJarlais supporters among their donors, according to sources from both campaigns.

“The question from Republican viewers of the race isn’t just, ‘Where does he go for the money?’ but, ‘Where does he go for the support from voters?’” an unaffiliated Tennessee GOP operative said of DesJarlais. Full story

July 11, 2013

Capito Raises $770,000 in Second Quarter #WVSEN

Capito Raises $770,000 in Second Quarter #WVSEN

Capito is running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she raised about $770,000 in the second quarter for her Senate campaign.

“It’s been a very successful quarter,” Capito told CQ Roll Call between votes Thursday at the Capitol. Full story

May 20, 2013

Why the IRS Mess Bares Big Campaign Finance Problems

To many on Capitol Hill, the burgeoning scandal dogging the IRS looks like a simple case of partisan political targeting by an overbearing federal agency.

But the IRS controversy has laid bare a far more serious and far-reaching problem: the agency’s utter failure to keep pace with drastically changing campaign finance laws. For decades, the IRS has taken heat for its muddy rules governing politically active tax-exempt groups, a recent CQ Weekly story notes. Among other problems, the recent inspector general’s report found:

  • IRS employees did not understand and bickered over the agency’s own rules, repeatedly changing course over how to screen groups seeking tax-exempt status.
  • The IRS went so far as to reject the IG’s recommendation that the tax agency clear up guidelines for how to handle such groups. The IRS instead recommended  more staff training, an alternative the IG in turn rejected.
  • Though lawmakers and watchdogs urged the IRS to curb deep-pocketed nonprofits spending hundreds of millions of dollars on the 2012 campaign, the IRS ignored the top-spending players and instead went after shoestring groups.

As the story notes:

The fallout has exposed an agency that lacks the tools, the will or even the rules to regulate increasingly wealthy and influential tax-exempt groups unfettered by the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling to deregulate political spending. Full story

April 18, 2013

Money Reveals Some Members Aren’t Really Serious About Senate Bids (Yet)

Money Reveals Some Members Arent Really Serious About Senate Bids (Yet)

Rahall is still considering a Senate run. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If Reps. Steve King, Jeff Fortenberry and Nick J. Rahall II are serious about running for Senate, their campaign fundraising does not show it.

Several House members eyeing Senate bids posted meager numbers, according to Roll Call’s Senate fundraising chart for the first quarter.

In general, members raise major cash to show their political force if they are seriously weighing jumping into a Senate race. For example, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., had raised $525,000 by the end of the first quarter this year, days before he announced he would challenge Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu.

(See which House candidates are on Roll Call’s retirement watch list thanks to their anemic fundraising).

Here are a few House candidates who haven’t taken their names out of the mix when it comes to potential Senate bids and who reported lackluster hauls:

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April 17, 2013

Hey, Big (House Race) Spender!

Hey, Big (House Race) Spender!

Bachmann reported spending about $200,000 more in the first quarter than she raised in that time period. (By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Running a congressional campaign can be expensive. But it’s rare for House members to spend almost as much as they raised in the first quarter of a two-year election cycle.

Still, a few incumbents achieved this feat during the first three months of this year, according to a CQ Roll Call review of their fundraising reports.

Here’s a selection of “big spender” House members in the first quarter: Full story

April 11, 2013

Remainders: If You Got It, Flaunt It. Early.

If you got it, flaunt it. And in campaign fundraising, the best flaunt their numbers early.

There are several days yet until campaigns are required to file their first quarter fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission. Typically, only campaigns with hauls worth bragging about release their figures early.

Here’s are the congressional campaign fundraising figures that caught our eye on Thursday:

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March 26, 2013

Gingrich Forms Committee to Retire Campaign Debt, Help Candidates

Gingrich Forms Committee to Retire Campaign Debt, Help Candidates

Gingrich's 2012 campaign owes about $5 million. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has formed a new fundraising venture, Committee for America, to support conservatives and retire his 2012 campaign debt.

The new group combines American Legacy PAC and Gingrich’s former presidential campaign to ”train” future conservative candidates and “chart a course for a better America,” according to a news release.

Gingrich’s campaign owes nearly $5 million, according to online fundraising records.

Here’s how the new committee describes the financial arrangement:

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