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April 18, 2014

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April 19, 2013

Senate Republicans Raised $3.2 Million in March

Senate Republicans Raised $3.2 Million in March

Moran is charged with getting Senate Republicans back to the majority in 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised nearly $3.2 million in March, according to a source in the committee.

The committee ended last month with almost $5.3 million in the bank.

This is a jump from February, when the committee raised $2.2 million and had $3.1 million in cash on hand. The NRSC will report $9.5 million in debt.

The NRSC, which is chaired by Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, got a late start on hiring this cycle, so the improvement is attributable to getting staff in place.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee did not have its fundraising numbers available Friday. Monthly fundraising reports are due to the Federal Election Commission by midnight Saturday.

Correction, 6:15 pm | An earlier post misidentified the amount of debt the NRSC reported based on inaccurate information provided by the source.

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

House Retirement Watch Clues Found in First Fundraising Reports

House Retirement Watch Clues Found in First Fundraising Reports

Coble was hospitalized in February but has returned to work. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Not a single House member has announced they will retire in 2014, but first-quarter fundraising reports indicate some may be headed in that direction.

Most of the Senate retirement announcements have come and gone, as Senate campaign officials tend to push members to step aside early in the cycle. However, House members generally don’t reveal their intentions until about a year before the elections.

For now, a dose of weak fundraising showings from the first three months of the midterm cycle offer clues as to which members could be considering the end of their congressional tenures. Whether they actually plan to retire likely won’t be known for some time, but the lack of motivation in fundraising will continue to feed speculation about some members’ political futures. Full story

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 16, 2013

First-Quarter Fundraising: Winners and Losers

First Quarter Fundraising: Winners and Losers

Franken had a strong fundraising quarter. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:00 p.m. | There were some dynamo fundraising reports filed by Monday’s deadline. And then there were some duds.

The first quarter of an election cycle is traditionally an opportunity for candidates to flex their fundraising muscles, but it also offers a glimpse at which incumbents may be vulnerable or even considering retirement.

Now that the first reports of the 2014 midterm cycle are in, here’s a quick look at some of the House and Senate candidates who performed well in the first three months of fundraising and those who may have to hustle more going forward: Full story

Michigan: Gary Peters Posts Strong Fundraising Ahead of Senate Race Decision

Michigan: Gary Peters Posts Strong Fundraising Ahead of Senate Race Decision

Peters is considering a bid for Senate. (Shira Toeplitz/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., reported the strongest first-quarter fundraising numbers of all of the federal candidates eyeing retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat.

Peters, who is considering a Senate bid, raised $373,000 and reported having more than $800,000 in cash on hand at the end of March.

First-quarter fundraising reports for members of Congress were due on Monday. Peters raked in more than his potential GOP Senate rivals — Reps. Mike Rogers and Justin Amash — combined. However, Rogers maintains a large cash-on-hand advantage. Full story

April 15, 2013

Remainders: They Work Hard for the Money

Congressional candidates work hard for the money, and it shows in the first-quarter fundraising reports filed on Monday.

This quarter, seven figures marked the high bar for Senate campaign fundraising bragging rights — a large sum for hauls from this early in the cycle.

To be sure, the political fundraising market is different in every state (for example, it’s easier for incumbents to raise money in New Jersey than Alaska). But across the map, senators seeking re-election in 2014 — most of whom of are Democrats — raised big bucks.

Here’s a roundup of Monday’s fundraising announcements and filings: Full story

Ohio: Joyce Raised $234,000 in First Quarter

Rep. David Joyce raised a strong $234,200 during the first quarter of this year, according to fundraising figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

Joyce, perhaps Ohio’s most vulnerable House Republican, ended last month with $463,000 in the bank.

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Rubio Raises $2.28 Million in First Quarter

Rubio Raises $2.28 Million in First Quarter

Rubio announced his quarterly fundraising. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Marco Rubio raised $2.28 million during the first quarter across three affiliated political committees, CQ Roll Call has learned.

Adopting a fundraising strategy usually employed by national party committees and major presidential nominees, the Florida Republican set up a joint fundraising committee with his personal campaign account and his political action committee, Reclaim America.

Collectively, Rubio’s three committees ended March with $2.32 million in cash on hand after spending $1.2 million, including $700,000 on a brand new, national direct mail program that helped the senator attract 15,000 new donors. Half of the senator’s first quarter contributions came from small donors. Full story

April 14, 2013

Tennessee: DesJarlais Primary Opponent Raises $450,000 in First Quarter

Tennessee: DesJarlais Primary Opponent Raises $450,000 in First Quarter

DesJarlais' primary opponent announced their quarterly fundraising. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jim Tracy, a Tennessee state senator challenging scandal-plagued GOP Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the primary, will announce Monday that he raised almost $450,000 in the first quarter of the year, according to fundraising figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

Tracy will also report that he has $400,000 cash on hand, said a source close to Tracey’s campaign, more than a year ahead of the state’s August 2014 primary.

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April 12, 2013

Jordan Backs Landry Super PAC for House Conservatives

Jordan Backs Landry Super PAC for House Conservatives

Jordan supports Landry's efforts to support conservatives in House races. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has offered his support for former Louisiana Rep. Jeff Landry’s new super PAC, which aims to boost conservatives in House races.

Jordan, one-time chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, sent Landry a note of support Tuesday — just after the Pelican State Republican announced he was launching Restore Our Republic super PAC.

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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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Hawaii: Schatz’s Fundraising Sends Message to Potential Primary Foes

Hawaii: Schatzs Fundraising Sends Message to Potential Primary Foes

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is trying to ward off potential primary challengers with hefty first-quarter fundraising and a veteran campaign team already in place for 2014.

The Democrat, appointed Dec. 26 to replace the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, announced on Thursday he raised more than $1.1 million in the first three months of this year.

A news release states that 79 percent of the money came from Hawaii donors. But he also received a boost from some Senate colleagues. Full story

Louisiana: Landrieu Raises $1.2 Million in First Quarter

Louisiana: Landrieu Raises $1.2 Million in First Quarter

Landrieu is a top GOP target in 2014. (By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced on Thursday that she raised more than $1.2 million  in the first quarter of this year, more than double what her new opponent hauled.

Her GOP challenger, Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy, raised $500,000 in the same time period. He officially entered the race last week.

(See also on Roll Call: Cassidy Blasts Obama, Landrieu as He Officially Enters Senate Race) Full story

Illinois: Schneider Raised $390,000 in First Quarter

Illinois: Schneider Raised $390,000 in First Quarter

Schneider is a freshman. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider raised $390,000 in the first quarter of this year.

Cash-on-hand figures were not immediately available. But at the end of last year, Schneider reported only a small amount, $14,000, in the bank.

The 10th District, which includes the suburbs north of Chicago, has played host to highly competitive races for several cycles. Last year, Schneider defeated GOP Rep. Robert Dold by 1 point.

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