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October 21, 2015

Ryan Supporters Call Critics Hypocrites Over Fundraising

Ryan supporters say Huelskamp's criticisms of Ryan's demand for family time are unfounded. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Some House Republicans say Huelskamp’s criticisms of Ryan’s fundraising abilities are hypocritical and unfounded. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Supporters of a Rep. Paul D. Ryan speakership are calling two members of the House Freedom Caucus hypocrites for their criticism of his ability to fundraise for the party.

Ryan backers say the two members who questioned the Wisconsin Republican’s commitment to fundraising duties — Reps. Tim Huelskamp and Mo Brooks — raise almost no money for the party or their colleagues.

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October 20, 2015

Senate Democrats Raise More Than Senate Republicans in September

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

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

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee out-raised its Republican counterpart by $1 million in September fundraising, according to numbers released by both committees.

The DSCC raised $4.2 million last month, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee brought in $2.9 million. But the NRSC reported having more cash in the bank.

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5 Races Where Deep Pockets Could Change the Game

MacArthur spent over $5 million last cycle, much of which was his own money. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

MacArthur spent more than $5 million last cycle, much of which was his own money. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

How much candidates have raised and how much money they have in the bank aren’t the only two numbers that matter in a quarterly fundraising report.

The depth of a candidate’s pockets and how deeply they’re willing to dig into them can be just as, or more, important.

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October 19, 2015

Alan Grayson Loans Senate Campaign $100K

Grayson contributed $100,000 to his Senate campaign in the third quarter. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Grayson contributed $100,000 to his Senate campaign in the third quarter. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Alan Grayson loaned his Senate campaign $100,000 in the third quarter, his most recent campaign financial disclosure shows.

Florida’s 9th District congressman is vying for the Democratic nomination in Florida’s open Senate contest against 18th District Rep. Patrick Murphy.

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October 17, 2015

Incumbency Isn’t Always an Advantage in Fundraising

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Because of the advantages of the office, senators tend to raise more than their primary and general election challengers. But not always.

Especially if the challenger also holds federal elected office or has previously.

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Some Eye-Popping Numbers From Third-Quarter Fundraising

Edwards and Van Hollen are running for Senate in 2016. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly File Photo)

Edwards and Van Hollen are running for Senate in 2016. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly File Photo)

The fundraising reports for the third quarter have mostly trickled out, giving insight to donors and pundits into how candidates in some of the top races are faring nearly a year out from Election Day.

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October 15, 2015

Democratic Challenger Raised More Than Boozman in Third Quarter

Boozman will be challenged by TK, a former U.S. attorney. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boozman was out-raised in the third quarter by his Democratic rival. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Arkansas Democrat Conner Eldridge’s campaign said Thursday he raised $403,000 in the third quarter, a total well above the $359,000 raised by Sen. John Boozman, the Republican he is trying to unseat.

The fundraising report came less than a month after Eldridge, a former U.S. attorney who was appointed by President Barack Obama, launched his campaign against the Arkansas Republican. Full story

Feingold Outraised Johnson, but Wisconsin Candidates Close in Cash on Hand

Feingold raised more money than Johnson in the third quarter but lags slightly in cash on hand. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Feingold raised more money than Johnson in the third quarter but lags slightly behind in cash on hand. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson will report a third quarter haul of $1.4 million to the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday, his campaign announced.

That’s a million dollars less than former Sen. Russ Feingold’s campaign announced on Oct. 1.

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October 8, 2015

House Republicans’ Chaos Could Hurt GOP Fundraising

McCarthy's exit from the speaker's race and ensuing chaos could lead members to leave Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCarthy’s exit from the speaker’s race and the chaos it caused could lead members to leave Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s shocking decision to drop his bid for speaker Thursday could cause problems for House Republican fundraising, multiple Republican strategists told CQ Roll Call.

Speaker John A. Boehner said he will stay on until House Republicans choose his successor. But until that dust settles, some Republicans say they fear donors will keep their wallets closed until they know who will be helming the ship.

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October 6, 2015

David Letterman, Al Franken to Headline Duckworth Fundraiser

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 24: David Letterman attends the Indy 500 on May 23, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Letterman is shown at the Indianapolis 500 shortly after his “Late Night.” (Michael Hickey/Getty Images File Photo)

Two retired comedians will take the stage in New York later this month at a fundraiser to benefit Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, the leading Democrat running to challenge Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk next fall.

David Letterman, who retired this year after three decades hosting the “The Late Show” on CBS, and Sen. Al Franken, who gained his own fame from his time as a writer and performer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” will headline the event to benefit the Duckworth Victory Fund. Full story

September 30, 2015

7 Shameless Fundraising Pitches to End the Third Quarter

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Email inboxes across the country start to flood with fundraising pitches that seemingly to become more shameless each time, like one sent Tuesday by Bevin. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Four times a year, when campaigns reach their quarterly fundraising reporting deadlines, email inboxes across the country start to flood with pitches that seemingly become more shameless each time.

This quarter — as gubernatorial campaigns near their end in Kentucky and Louisiana; presidential campaigns post their last quarterly figures before crunch time begins ahead of the early contests; and House and Senate campaigns try to prove their competency to donors and analysts — that shamelessness was alive and well.     Full story

September 28, 2015

4 Things to Watch for in Third-Quarter Fundraising

Grayson's fundraising will show how much populist support is behind him for his Florida Senate bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Grayson’s fundraising will show how much populist support is behind him for his Florida Senate bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rival campaigns and political handicappers are anxiously awaiting third-quarter fundraising numbers — due this week — to assess the competitiveness of candidates and contests.

The quarterly hauls will paint a picture of the kind of support and resources campaigns have — or lack. And as the window closes on recruiting candidates, these numbers could also be what makes top recruits decide to jump into races, or to sit them out.

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September 21, 2015

Democratic Committees Top GOP Counterparts in August Fundraising

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is chairman of the DSCC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is chairman of the DSCC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee both raised more than their GOP counterparts in August.

The DSCC raised $3.3 million last month — more than the $2.6 million the National Republican Senatorial Committee brought in. The monthly hauls bring the DSCC’s total cash on hand to $8.8 million, while the NRSC has $8 million in the bank. The NRSC is debt-free, while the DSCC is still $8 million in the red.

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August 13, 2015

Campaign Finance Reform PAC Wants to Be a Player in 2016

Bennet is one of two Senate race endorsements End Citizens United PAC has made so far this cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bennet is one of two Senate race endorsements End Citizens United PAC has made so far this cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new campaign finance reform political action committee expects to be among the top five outside groups to assist campaigns this cycle. 

End Citizens United PAC has raised more than $2 million from its online supporters since it formed in March and says it’s on track to raise $25 to $30 million to funnel through a yet-to-be-created independent expenditure arm.

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August 4, 2015

Democratic Primary to Challenge Zeldin Will Be Competitive (Updated)

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Democratic groups have targeted Zeldin as a vulnerable incumbent Republican. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated August 4 11:05 a.m. | The Democrat who challenges GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin in New York’s 1st District will face a close race. But the eventual nominee will have a primary shaping up to be just as competitive, political handicappers say.

The only two declared candidates for the Democratic nomination are Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and former federal prosecutor and venture capitalist David Calone. They are locked in a tight race, with each candidate drawing on different bases of support in the Long Island district, and both having raised close to a half million dollars so far.

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