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June 18, 2015

Fleischmann Prepares for Fighting Off Another Primary Challenge

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann

Fleischmann, speaking Wednesday as he arrives at the Capitol for votes, said he is more involved in fundraising this cycle. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

Tennessee Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann knows a thing or two — or three — about tough primaries; and he’s stockpiling money for a fourth.

Fleischmann’s primaries have never really been about ideology. His district went for Mitt Romney by 28 points in 2012, and he’s dished out plenty of red meat rhetoric to them. Earlier this month at a GOP gathering in Chattanooga, he said of his guest, conservative South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, “Whether you are Hillary Clinton or any other lefty out there, you better beware because Trey Gowdy is out there and he is going to get you.”

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Takano, Takai, Takei and a Takaucus

Takai. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Takai. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Takano and Takai, who know Takei, are teaming up on the Takaucus, a project titled by Tonko.

“I hope you’re not getting confused,” Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, said with a laugh. Full story

June 8, 2015

Van Hollen’s Former Staffers to Host Fundraiser

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A number of Van Hollen’s former staffers are contributing to his campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated, June 9, 7:30 a.m. | Along with congressional leadership experience and some high-profile endorsements, Rep. Chris Van Hollen has another source of funds for his U.S. Senate campaign: some influential former staffers.

The “Van Hollen Alumni and Friends” are hosting a fundraiser at Sonoma Bar & Restaurant on Capitol Hill Wednesday evening to benefit the seven-term Maryland Democrat’s campaign, according to a fundraiser invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.  And the host committee list reads like a who’s who of former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee staffers from Van Hollen’s tenure as chairman for the 2008 and 2010 cycles. Full story

June 4, 2015

Democrats Frustrated by Unions’ Cash Freeze Over ‘Fast Track’

Richard Trumka is president of the AFL-CIO, which has frozen campaign contributions to Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Richard Trumka is president of the AFL-CIO, which has frozen campaign contributions to Democrats over a trade bill being debated in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of Democrats’ best team players on the campaign finance front is playing hardball this cycle, withholding campaign cash over a package of trade bills being debated in Congress.

The AFL-CIO, along with some public sector unions, announced a campaign finance freeze in March. Unions hoped the threat of withholding contributions would scare Democratic lawmakers out of supporting President Barack Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track,” to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a trade agreement labor groups say would hurt manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

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May 22, 2015

Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: Rep.-elect Steve Knight, R-Calif., celebrates after drawing the 1st pick in the room lottery draw and selection for the incoming members of the 114th Congress on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Knight, celebrating after drawing the first pick in the Capitol office lottery last November, acknowledges he has to kick up his fund-raising a notch. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman California Republican Steve Knight promises he’ll do much better raising campaign money in the second quarter than he did in the first.

Knight raised less than $29,000 in the first quarter, stirring doubts about his ability to defend his seat in a district that leans only slightly Republican and that President Barack Obama carried in 2008. Full story

May 20, 2015

NRSC Raised $4.2 Million in April

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Wicker is chairman of the NRSC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will report raising more than $4.2 million in April and ending the month with $5 million in cash on hand, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.

Its monthly haul allowed the committee to pay down some of its debt from the 2014 cycle, when the party netted nine seats and won control of the Senate for the first time since losing it in 2006. Full story

DCCC Outpaces NRCC in April Fundraising (Updated)

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Walden is chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 8 a.m. | The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee slightly outpaced its Republican counterpart in April fundraising, and is now debt-free as the party gears up for the 2016 cycle.

The DCCC raised $5.4 million last month, as opposed to the $5.1 million the National Republican Congressional Committee raised in the same time period.

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Why This Vulnerable Freshman Is Surprising People

Poliquin is making a name for himself in Washington . (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Poliquin might be vulnerable, but he’s making a name for himself in Washington anyway. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

He may be new to the halls of Congress, but when the Energizer Bunny pauses, it’s not for long.

Ray-Bans shading his eyes, Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin stood on his tip-toes after votes one recent afternoon to whisper in the ear of a guard outside the House chamber. The freshman needed directions.

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April 29, 2015

Matchup Rouses Missouri’s Sleepy Senate Race

Blunt, right, chats with McCaskill in the Senate basement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Missouri’s 2016 Senate contest may never rival the drama of the 2012 campaign, but operatives from both parties expect the Show-Me State to show their respective candidates a good time.

Sen. Roy Blunt’s re-election has been dismissed as a sleeper race compared to this cycle’s more competitive contests in other states. But the Republican is preparing for battle anyway.

Blunt told CQ Roll Call it’s “a little early” to worry about rumblings from the Club for Growth or a potential primary challenge from his right ahead of a bid for a second term.

“I’m just doing everything I normally do,” Blunt said. “It’s just being all over the state, and this year a little more fundraising than I would normally do.”

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April 24, 2015

Republican Wins Money Race in New York Special

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Grimm resigned from Congress in disgrace. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan walloped his Democratic opponent in fundraising for the special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

Donovan reported raising $615,000 between Jan. 1 and April 15 and had $462,000 in cash on hand for the final weeks of the May 5 special. New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile brought in $196,000 over the same time period and reported $116,000 in the bank.

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April 21, 2015

Democrats Bank on Peterson Sticking Around

Once again, the fate of Minnesota's 7th District depends on if Peterson retires. File Photo by photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly.

Minnesota’s 7th District is wondering if Peterson will retire. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Everyone’s happy.”

Do those sound like the words of a congressman on his way out the door? Coming from Minnesota Rep. Collin C. Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, it’s hard to tell.

When CQ Roll Call asked Peterson if he was planning to run for re-election, he said, “Yeah, everything’s good,” followed by, “Everyone’s happy.” It might have sounded vague, but a Democratic source confirmed Peterson’s positivity means he’s running.

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April 20, 2015

DSCC Topped $5 Million in March

Tester is the chair of the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tester chairs the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised nearly $5.3 million in March, slightly edging its Republican counterpart.

The DSCC ended the month with $7.1 million in cash on hand. It had $13.7 million in operational debt, paid down from $15 million at the end of February.

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NRSC Raised $4.9 Million in March

Wicker is the chairman of the NRSC in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Wicker is the NRSC chairman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced Monday it raised $4.9 million in March and ended the month with $5.3 million on hand.

The NRSC also continues to pay down its debt from the previous cycle, which now stands at $6 million.

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NRCC Outraises DCCC in March, Is Now Debt-Free

Walden is the chair of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised more than its Democratic counterpart in March, bringing in $10.3 million, according to an NRCC aide.

The March haul brings the NRCC’s cash on hand to $6.9 million, and allowed the committee to pay off the $7 million in debt it carried from the 2014 midterms. It’s a rare feat for a party committee this early in the cycle. At the same point last cycle, the NRCC had $8.25 million in debt.

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April 16, 2015

The 7 Most Interesting First-Quarter Fundraising Facts

Burr stepped up his fundraising game in the first quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Burr stepped up his fundraising game in the first quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated April 17, 10:30 a.m. | With roughly a year to go before the first primaries of 2016, fundraising numbers are among the few benchmarks to assess candidate strength.

A look at first-quarter reports — which were due to the Federal Election Commission Wednesday — shows which members are taking re-election bids seriously and also reveals weaknesses.

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