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October 15, 2013
- #CA07: Republican Igor Birman will report raising nearly $163,000 in the third quarter, with $139,000 in cash on hand. The former chief of staff to Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., is running in the GOP primary against former Rep. Doug Ose and autism activist Elizabeth Emken. The GOP trio is looking to unseat freshman Rep. Ami Bera. Ose reported raising $247,000 with $256,000 cash on hand. Emken and Bera have yet to release their third-quarter numbers.
- #CA10: Republican Rep. Jeff Denham raised $354,000 and had $1.1 million in the bank.
- #CA31: Former Rep. Joe Baca, a Democrat, raised $36,000 and had $37,000 in the bank.
- #CA45: Republican state Sen. Mimi Walters raised $445,000, according to a news release. A campaign spokesman said Walters will report $395,000 in cash on hand.
Longtime Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., reported raising just $10 in the third quarter — the smallest haul of any incumbent in recent memory.
In an interview with CQ Roll Call, Watt chalked up his low total to the fact that he halted his fundraising operation during a prolonged Senate confirmation process for a role at the Federal Housing Finance Agency. President Barack Obama nominated the 11-term Democrat to head the agency in May.
“Actually once I found out I was going to be nominated for this position from the president, and once I was nominated, I thought I had shut down my entire operation,” Watt said in a phone interview with CQ Roll Call. “So I’m surprised I have $10 in this quarter. Somebody didn’t get the message I guess.” Full story
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, raised more than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the third quarter, raking in an impressive $2.5 million for the competitive Senate contest.
Lundergan Grimes’ $2.5 million haul is her first as a Senate candidate. She now has $2 million in cash on hand for this top-target Senate contest.
Republican Rep. Tom Reed raised more than half a million dollars in his bid for a second term representing New York’s 23rd District.
He raised $550,000 and had $910,000 at the end of the quarter, according to a national GOP source.
Reed is a top Democratic target in 2014. Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson is all but certain to be his Democratic challenger, and she’s a highly regarded recruit at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The race is rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
October 14, 2013
- #IL10: Dold raised $318,000 and had about $819,000 in cash on hand, per The Chicago Daily Herald. Dold faces Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider in a rematch next fall.
- #NY19: Eldridge raised $504,000 and had $955,000 in the bank, according to his campaign. Eldridge matched contributions, which means he gave $250,000 of his own funds to his campaign. Eldridge is challenging Republican Rep. Chris Gibson. Full story
October 11, 2013
Updated 4:35 p.m. | A slew of Senate candidate rainmakers released their numbers on Friday — including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his $2.3 million haul.
Here are the noteworthy numbers to surface on Friday:
- #KYSEN: McConnell raised $2.3 million and will report just under $10 million in the bank in his latest Federal Election Commission report. His GOP challenger, businessman Matt Bevin, raised $822,000 in the quarter. Of that sum, he loaned his campaign $600,000. He had about $165,000 in cash on hand.
- #IASEN: Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley raised more than $900,000 and had $2.3 million in cash on hand, the Quad-City Times reported.
- #WVSEN: Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito raised about $777,000 in the third quarter and had about $3.2 million in the bank, according to The Charleston Daily Mail.
- #MISEN: Democratic Rep. Gary Peters raised more than $1 million in the quarter and had about $2.5 million in cash on hand.
- #WI01: House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., raised $1.174 million in the quarter and reported $2.6 million in cash on hand, according to Political MoneyLine.
Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report.
Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, who is waging a primary challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, loaned his campaign $600,000 in the third quarter to help stay competitive with the well-funded incumbent.
Bevin announced Friday that he will report bringing in $822,000 during the three-month fundraising period from July through September. He had about $165,000 in cash on hand remaining at the end of the quarter, a campaign spokeswoman said.
McConnell released his fundraising tally earlier in the day. He raised nearly $2.3 million and had just under $10 million in cash on hand.
The primary winner will likely face Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has not yet announced how much she raised.
The race is rated Republican Favored by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Michigan Rep. Gary Peters announced that he will report raising more than $1 million in the third quarter, his second straight million-dollar quarter since launching a bid for Senate.
The Democrat, who is vying for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, had nearly $2.5 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30. That total keeps him ahead of his potential Republican opponent, former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, who self-funded about half of her first fundraising quarter since entering the race.
Land previously announced bringing in about $2 million last quarter, including a $1 million personal investment, and said she had about $2 million left in the bank. With several other Republicans passing on the race in this Democratic-leaning state, Land has the angle on becoming the GOP nominee.
“We are so proud of our grassroots team, and the incredible support and momentum for Gary only continues to grow,” Peters campaign manager Julie Petrick said.
The race is currently rated Safe Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continued his torrential fundraising pace in the third quarter, as he fends off re-election challenges from both sides.
The Kentucky Republican, who is seeking a sixth term, announced raising nearly $2.3 million over the last three months and will report having just under $10 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30.
McConnell’s quarterly total is his best yet, barely edging his second-quarter showing of just more than $2.2 million.
McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said in a statement that this is “a presidential-level campaign designed to withstand the millions of dollars in attack ads coming from out-of-state groups and deliver Senator McConnell’s message directly to Kentucky voters.”
The incumbent is facing a primary challenge from Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and a potential general election foe in Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Neither has released their third-quarter numbers yet.
October 10, 2013
Fundraising may not exactly be en vogue during the government shutdown, but releasing and filing last quarter’s numbers is.
Here is the latest in House and Senate third-quarter fundraising:
- #GASEN: Republican businessman David Perdue invested $1 million in his Senate campaign. He will report $1.8 million raised and $1.3 million in cash on hand.
- #MNSEN: Republican finance executive Mike McFadden, challenger to Sen. Al Franken, will report $700,000 raised and $1.2 million in cash on hand.
- #IASEN: Republican Joni Ernst raised $252,000, according to The Des Moines Register.
Republican David Perdue has invested $1 million of his own money into his campaign for Georgia’s open Senate seat, which features a crowded GOP primary.
Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General and a cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, announced Thursday that he donated $500,000 and loaned $500,000 to his campaign in the third quarter.
The personal investment boosted his fundraising haul to more than $1.8 million and left him with $1.3 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30.
“I wouldn’t expect others to invest in a cause that I was not willing to invest in myself,” Perdue said in a statement. “However, I do not believe in self-funding a campaign. After these first weeks, I am confident that people are responding and we will have the resources needed to get our message out to the voters.” Full story
A Republican challenger to Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced Thursday that he raised $700,000 in the third quarter.
Mike McFadden, a finance executive, is one of a handful of Republicans vying to take on the first-term Democrat. After two quarters of fundraising, McFadden has now brought in nearly $1.5 million and had $1.2 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30.
Those solid numbers likely keep him ahead of the GOP pack but still behind the incumbent. Franken, who has not yet released his third-quarter fundraising total, has so far this year been on a fundraising tear. He raised nearly $2 million last quarter and had $3 million in cash on hand by the end of June. Full story
October 9, 2013
The North Carolina Democrat’s most recent haul is about 20 percent less than the $236,000 he raised in the previous fundraising quarter. He reported $524,000 in cash on hand.
McIntyre is one of seven Democrats representing districts that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried in 2012, making him a top GOP target in 2014. Romney carried North Carolina’s 7th District by a 19-point margin last cycle.
October 8, 2013
Democrat Michelle Nunn will report raising $1.7 million so far for her campaign for Georgia’s open Senate seat, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
It’s a strong haul from the likely Democratic nominee in her first fundraising quarter since she announced her candidacy in July.
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: