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August 20, 2013
The National Republican Congressional Committee brought in just slightly more cash than House Democrats’ campaign arm during the month of July, according to new fundraising reports filed on Tuesday.
August 9, 2013
Retiring Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., will host his annual Sieben Ranch Barbecue and Hoedown on Saturday on his family ranch outside Helena, with proceeds going to the state Democratic Party.
The fundraiser marks the senator’s latest effort to help keep his seat in the Democratic column next year. With Baucus not seeking re-election and the party still searching for a candidate to replace him, the seat is one of Democrats’ most vulnerable of the midterm election cycle. Full story
August 6, 2013
Newark Mayor Cory Booker dominated his New Jersey Senate special-election foes in fundraising during the first three weeks of July, pre-primary reports filed with the Federal Election Commission showed.
Booker raised $2.1 million from July 1 to 24 — six times more than his closest competitor in the Aug. 13 race for the Democratic nomination.
Booker reported having more than $4 million in cash on hand by the end of the pre-primary period. Reports were due to the FEC on Aug. 1. Full story
July 26, 2013
Montana Rep. Steve Daines showed no signs of haste as he trekked from his Cannon office late Wednesday afternoon to the Capitol for a last-minute vote.
So far, the freshman Republican has taken a similarly measured approach to his looming decision about whether to run for the Big Sky State’s open Senate seat, one of the top pickup opportunities for Republicans in 2014.
In an interview with CQ Roll Call, Daines said he hasn’t made a final decision and hasn’t set a timeline to make one. Full story
July 22, 2013
Twenty-six senators raced in and out of the Ronald Reagan Republican Center last week with varying enthusiasm for a most-often-dreaded, but necessary, activity: fundraising.
Inside the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s marathon call day, even the GOP’s weakest fundraisers were on hand to dial for dollars to help the party gain the net six seats necessary to win the majority.
“I’m not real good at it, asking people to give money,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who had one of the lowest fundraising hauls in the second quarter. “But I do, because it’s just part of it. People are nice when you talk to them. They understand the process.”
South Dakota Sen. John Thune made it look easy. He strolled in just after a vote, took a seat toward the back and placed a plastic cup of lemonade and bag of Nutter Butter cookies on the table. With the phone to his ear, he leaned back in his chair and said, “Hey, Al, how’s it going?” Al did much of the talking.
More than half of the caucus stopped in July 18 to fundraise for the NRSC, and CQ Roll Call was given exclusive access to the marathon call session.
The effort to get more senators personally involved was intended, in part, to help reverse a trend. Recently, Democrats have been far more generous in committee donations out of their personal campaign accounts.
In the 2012 cycle, 20 of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s top 25 largest contributors were senators’ campaigns, and they gave a total of $8.6 million, according to figures compiled by Political MoneyLine. By comparison, nine of the NRSC’s top 25 contributors were senators’ campaigns and collectively gave just more than $1 million. Many of the GOP’s top donations came from joint fundraising committees.
July 19, 2013
Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., will host a fundraiser next week to help endangered House Democrats, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call. Full story
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $1.5 million more than its GOP counterpart in June, bringing in a total of $3 million more during the second quarter, according to figures released by the parties on Friday.
The DSCC raked in some $5.3 million last month, but the committee did not release its cash-on-hand or debt figures. As of May 31, the DSCC had $9.6 million in the bank and was carrying $12.5 million in debt, according to its June report to the Federal Election Commission. Full story
July 17, 2013
Recently filed fundraising reports give some clues this week about which House members are gearing up for re-election fights — and who might be ready to call it quits after this term.
Small hauls are often the first indication a member is preparing to leave Capitol Hill. Members are not motivated to raise big bucks if they know they won’t need a war chest for another electoral battle.
A CQ Roll Call review of second-quarter House fundraising reports, which were due Monday, showed several longtime House members posting meager sums.
Updated 11:19 a.m. | The National Republican Congressional Committee raised more than Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in a single month, June, for the first time this cycle.
The NRCC raised $7.1 million in June and finished the month with $11.3 million in the bank and $2.25 million in debt.
The DCCC raised $6.7 million in June and paid off all of its remaining debt from the 2012 cycle, an aide confirmed on Wednesday.
Only last week, NRCC Chairman Greg Walden conceded that the fact that Democrats have come out ahead month after month was a “concern” and he pledged to beef up his team’s online fundraising efforts.
The DCCC still holds on to the cash-on-hand advantage with $13.2 million in the bank. Last cycle, the DCCC did not get rid of its debt until December 2011.
Now that all of the House fundraising reports are due, here is CQ Roll Call’s look at the winners and losers in the fundraising game.
Quarterly fundraising offers a quantitative window into the efficiency of a campaign — as well as a candidate’s drive to win. A number of challengers raised more money than incumbents this cycle, while other incumbents are racking up huge sums.
To see a full rundown of the House fundraising landscape, check out CQ Roll Call’s House fundraising chart. Even better: Bookmark it.
Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., in the 26th District
$442,000 raised, $801,000 in cash on hand
Garcia’s strong fundraising might be the best news he’s had in a few months. Two members of his official staff resigned during the second quarter amid an investigation into alleged corruption. But despite his legal troubles, he proved to be one of the top House fundraisers in the second quarter.
Former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican in California’s 52nd District
$488,000 raised, $470,000 in cash on hand
DeMaio raised nearly a half-million dollars to challenge freshman Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat who brought in $363,000 for this competitive district. Peters still holds the cash-on-hand edge with $526,000 in the bank. Full story
July 16, 2013
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
It pays to have the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on your side — at least for fundraising.
Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar — the DCCC’s chosen candidate for the targeted 31st District in California — brought in the most cash in his crowded primary, with $300,000 raised in the second quarter of this year.
Aguilar’s Democratic opponents did not fare so well. Former Rep. Joe Baca, who touted support from many of his former House colleagues, raised just $38,000 in the second quarter. It’s a small haul for any House candidate, but especially for a former member.
July 15, 2013
Former Miss America Erika Harold raised just $78,000 for her primary campaign against freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in the second quarter, according to her recently filed fundraising report.
Her haul is hundreds of thousands of dollars less than Davis, who raised more than $450,000 in the second quarter and has more than $700,000 in the bank. Harold reported $62,000 in cash on hand, according to the report.
State Sen. Daylin Leach raised more than $350,000 in the second quarter for the open-seat primary in the 13th District, putting him ahead of a crowded, four-candidate field of Democrats in the fundraising race.
Former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, D-Pa., reported that she raised $185,000 since she announced her comeback bid for Congress in May, the lowest sum out of the four candidates in the race.
Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, D-Pa., is running for governor in 2014, leaving a wide-open primary for her heavily Democratic district in southeastern Pennsylvania. Four Democrats have announced campaigns so far: Leach, Margolies, University of Pennsylvania Medical School professor Valerie Arkoosh and state Rep. Brendan Boyle.