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February 26, 2014

Manchin Heading to Alaska for Begich Fundraiser

Manchin Heading to Alaska for Begich Fundraiser

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., will travel to Anchorage this weekend to campaign for Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska., according to multiple sources in both camps familiar with the trip.

Manchin will appear at two fundraisers at the home of former Democratic Gov. Bill Sheffield, each with a different suggested contribution level. Sources would not confirm the specific, suggested dollar amounts. The events are co-hosted by Sheffield and Wally Hickel Jr., son of former Gov. Wally Hickel.

Manchin, who has a penchant for state fairs, also will appear at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 2014 Anchorage Fur Rendezvous (aka “Fur Rondy”), the annual 10-day festival kicking off the famous Iditarod race.

“Senator Manchin will be in Alaska to support Senator Begich because he believes he is the independent-minded Senator who always fights for Alaska and will help move our country forward,” a Manchin campaign spokesman said in an email.

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Walter Jones Blasts Primary Challenger’s Hill Fundraiser

Walter Jones Blasts Primary Challengers Hill Fundraiser

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:30 p.m. | Rep. Walter B. Jones blasted his primary opponent Wednesday, implying that he is a “puppet of Washington” after CQ Roll Call reported that a cadre of plugged-in Republican operatives are hosting a fundraiser for his challenger this week.

The North Carolina Republican said the Capitol Hill fundraiser with a handful of longtime GOP aides shows the influence of Washington insiders and campaign money in politics, rather than ideas and principles.

“This is again an example of the influence of Washington. I am an independent. The people back home know I’m an independent. And I don’t think the people back home want a puppet of Washington to go down there and represent them,” he said. Full story

February 21, 2014

Texas Pols File Fundraising Reports Before Primary

Texas will hold the first congressional primaries of 2014 in less than two weeks, but so far the races are so under the radar that one of the candidates to watch failed to file a pre-primary fundraising report due Thursday.

The reports that did come in ahead of the March 4 primaries offered some new insight into the limited number of contests worth keeping an eye on, including four House incumbents and an open-seat race.

Facing a competitive GOP primary challenge, Rep. Ralph M. Hall, who could be running is his last race, stepped up his fundraising game. Meanwhile, freshman Rep. Marc Veasey’s Democratic primary opponent dropped $800,000 of his own money on the race.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, kept up his fundraising dominance, bringing in $928,000 from Jan. 1 to Feb. 12. With Rep. Steve Stockman challenging Cornyn in the primary, the incumbent spent $2.6 million during the first six weeks of the year, much of that on media buys. Stockman’s report, which was not filed electronically, was not immediately available.

In numerical order by district, here’s how Texas House candidates in the races to watch fared during the pre-primary fundraising period:

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Steve Israel Fundraises for Bill Hughes Jr. in New Jersey

New York Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, headlined a fundraiser Friday morning for attorney Bill Hughes Jr., a Democrat looking to oust Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, R-N.J., according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.

The fundraiser took place at the Atlantic City Country Club, located in the heart of this district, according to the invitation.

Democrats are targeting LoBiondo — one of more than a dozen Republicans to represent a district President Barack Obama carried in 2012 — despite his past electoral success.

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February 20, 2014

DCCC Outraises NRCC in January

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterpart in January by $700,000, according to figures provided Thursday by both committees.

The DCCC brought in $6.8 million last month, bringing the committee’s cash on hand to $32 million as of Jan. 31.

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February 19, 2014

DSCC Outraises NRSC in January

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterpart in January by $2 million, according to figures released by the committees.

The DSCC announced Wednesday it raised $6.6 million in the first month of the year. The monthly haul brings the committee’s cash on hand to $15 million as of Jan. 31. It also paid down its debt to $2.5 million.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced Tuesday it raised $4.6 million in January and ended the month with more than $10 million in cash on hand. The NRSC carries no debt. Full story

February 10, 2014

Aaron Schock Drops $25K for Ex-Bears Player to Attend Fundraiser

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., spent $25,000 last fall for a former Chicago Bears linebacker to headline his re-election campaign’s kickoff fundraising event, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Brian Urlacher, a former NFL Rookie of the Year, headlined “Schocktoberfest” on Nov. 7, a $50-per-head fundraiser held at a brewery in Peoria, Ill.

“My family understands the important role of public service,” Urlacher said in a statement before the event. “My brother, Casey Urlacher, was elected mayor of Lake County’s Mettawa, Ill., earlier this year. In Peoria, he was fullback-linebacker for the Peoria Pirates. So we’re both looking forward to visiting our friends in central Illinois.”

An event appearance fee was paid to B.U. Enterprises, according to the Schock Victory Committee’s year-end filing. Illinois public records show B.U. Enterprises is a company registered to Urlacher.

Schock’s campaign did not return a request for comment on the appearance fee.

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January 31, 2014

DCCC Outraised NRCC in December

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1.4 million more than its GOP counterpart in December.

A National Republican Congressional Committee source said Friday that the committee raised $4.2 million in December. The NRCC ended the year with $21 million in cash on hand.

The DCCC, which released its fundraising numbers Thursday, raised $5.6 million and had $29.3 million in cash on hand as of Dec. 31.

Both House campaign committees eliminated their debt earlier this cycle.

DSCC, NRSC Raised $4M in December

The Democratic and Republican Senate campaign arms both raised $4 million in December, according to figures released Friday.

The month ended a strong fundraising year for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which outraised its Republican counterpart by $16 million on the year.

The DSCC, which raised $52.6 million in 2013, paid down its debt to $3.75 million and ended the year with $12 million in cash on hand.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which got off to a slow start in 2013, raised $36.7 million last year and ended December with $8 million on hand and no debt.

Republicans must net six seats to win the majority in November.

Comstock Gets Boost From House Republican Women

Comstock Gets Boost From House Republican Women

Diane Black, R-Tenn., is among the House GOP Conference women fundraising for Comstock (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republican women are hosting a fundraiser next month for Virginia state Del. Barbara Comstock, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Comstock, who is running to replace retiring Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf in Virginia’s 10th District, is a former Wolf staffer and consultant to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign. She is a front-runner for the Republican nomination in this competitive district, located in the northern Virginia suburbs. Romney won here in 2012 by a 1-point margin.

This the latest push by the women of the House GOP Conference, who are making it a priority this cycle to help elect Republican women.

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January 30, 2014

House Democrats Raise $5.6 Million in December

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $5.6 million in December, according to fundraising figures shared with CQ Roll Call by a DCCC aide.

The committee had $29.3 million in cash on hand at the end of the year and holds no debt.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has yet to release its December fundraising figures. Reports are due to the Federal Election Commission by Jan. 31.

House Democrats put an early emphasis on pulling in dues from individual members, assisting in a strong year of fundraising in 2013. The party must net 17 seats in November to take back control of the House.

January 28, 2014

Schock, Hensarling Contribute $1 Million Each to NRCC

Reps. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., and Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, gave $1 million each to boost the House GOP’s efforts in 2014.

At a closed-door Tuesday morning conference meeting, Schock presented his $1.1 million check to National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon. Hensarling also gave Walden a $1 million check at the meeting, according to a Republican source who attended the Capitol Hill Club confab.

The NRCC also announced Tuesday that Schock will serve as chairman of the NRCC’s March dinner — one of the committee’s top fundraising events of the year. Schock pledged to raise an additional $1 million for the committee before the March 26 event. Full story

January 27, 2014

DesJarlais Primary Challenger Flush With Cash for 2014

DesJarlais Primary Challenger Flush With Cash for 2014

DesJarlais faces a tough primary in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Jim Tracy, a Republican challenging embattled GOP Rep. Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee’s 4th District, raised $150,000 in the fourth quarter, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Tracy’s fourth-quarter haul brings his cash-on-hand total to $840,000 with about six months until the primary.

DesJarlais has yet to file his end-of-year fundraising report, which is due to the Federal Election Commission on Jan. 31. At the end of September, DesJarlais reported he had $170,000 in the bank.

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January 18, 2014

GOP Frets About Year-End Fundraising Thanks to Shutdown

A financially damaging mix of a government shutdown and the holiday shopping season has prompted top Republican operatives to temper expectations for fourth-quarter fundraising reports, which are due at the end of the month.

The final three months of the year are always a notoriously difficult time for members to raise money, as donor interest and candidate call time decline during the holidays. But the 16-day government shutdown in October further poisoned the financial well, especially for House Republicans, who polls show took most of the blame for the standoff.

As year-end fundraising reports trickle in over the next few weeks, GOP campaign operatives and consultants are setting a low bar for the first financial numbers candidates will announce in the election year. They argue that the president’s HealthCare.gov website woes did not serve as a fundraising specter to boost their bottom line. Full story

January 16, 2014

Shaheen Reports $1.1 Million Raised Last Quarter

Shaheen Reports $1.1 Million Raised Last Quarter

Shaheen will seek re-election in 2014. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., raised $1.1 million in the final quarter of 2013 and will report $3.4 million in the bank to kick off her re-election year.

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