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July 17, 2013

Democrats Eye Baucus Aide for House Seat #MTAL

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is eyeing Sen. Max Baucus’ state director to run for Montana’s at-large seat.

John Lewis, a top aide to the Montana Democrat, has met with DCCC Chairman Steve Israel to discuss a campaign, according to two Democratic sources.

Baucus is retiring, and the at-large seat’s current member, GOP Rep. Steve Daines, is seriously thinking about running for his Senate seat. The House race is currently rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Full story

Senators Pick Up Fundraising Pace — Except Enzi

Sen. Michael B. Enzi’s sluggish fundraising over the first six months of the year wasn’t a problem until Tuesday, when Liz Cheney announced she would challenge the Wyoming Republican in a primary.

Suddenly the third-term incumbent, who has spent a total of $4.2 million in three drama-free elections to the Senate, is among a cadre of vulnerable incumbents preparing for costly contests in 2014.

Besides Enzi, who tied with another senator on retirement watch for the lowest second-quarter haul among incumbents, the rest of the targeted senators in the class are fundraising aggressively. In fact, most are keeping up with and, in some respects, surpassing the torrential fundraising pace of the 2012 cycle.

(See also: Roll Call’s 2014 Senate FEC Fundraising Chart)

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Low Fundraising Hauls Hint at House Retirements

Low Fundraising Hauls Hint at House Retirements

Peterson did not raise much in the second quarter, raising questions about his future. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Recently filed fundraising reports give some clues this week about which House members are gearing up for re-election fights — and who might be ready to call it quits after this term.

Small hauls are often the first indication a member is preparing to leave Capitol Hill. Members are not motivated to raise big bucks if they know they won’t need a war chest for another electoral battle.

A CQ Roll Call review of second-quarter House fundraising reports, which were due Monday, showed several longtime House members posting meager sums.

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House Republicans Raised More Than House Democrats in June (Updated)

Updated 11:19 a.m.  | The National Republican Congressional Committee raised more than Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in a single month, June, for the first time this cycle.

The NRCC raised $7.1 million in June and finished the month with $11.3 million in the bank and $2.25 million in debt.

The DCCC raised $6.7 million in June and paid off all of its remaining debt from the 2012 cycle, an aide confirmed on Wednesday.

Only last week, NRCC Chairman Greg Walden conceded that the fact that Democrats have come out ahead month after month was a “concern” and he pledged to beef up his team’s online fundraising efforts.

The DCCC still holds on to the cash-on-hand advantage with $13.2 million in the bank. Last cycle, the DCCC did not get rid of its debt until December 2011.

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House Fundraising Winners and Losers

House Fundraising Winners and Losers

Love is a fundraising winner in the second quarter of this year. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Now that all of the House fundraising reports are due, here is CQ Roll Call’s look at the winners and losers in the fundraising game.

Quarterly fundraising offers a quantitative window into the efficiency of a campaign — as well as a candidate’s drive to win. A number of challengers raised more money than incumbents this cycle, while other incumbents are racking up huge sums.

To see a full rundown of the House fundraising landscape, check out CQ Roll Call’s House fundraising chart. Even better: Bookmark it.

Winners:

Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., in the 26th District
$442,000 raised, $801,000 in cash on hand

Garcia’s strong fundraising might be the best news he’s had in a few months. Two members of his official staff resigned during the second quarter amid an investigation into alleged corruption. But despite his legal troubles, he proved to be one of the top House fundraisers in the second quarter.

Former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican in California’s 52nd District
$488,000 raised, $470,000 in cash on hand

DeMaio raised nearly a half-million dollars to challenge freshman Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat who brought in $363,000 for this competitive district. Peters still holds the cash-on-hand edge with $526,000 in the bank. Full story

July 16, 2013

Liz Cheney to Primary Enzi #WYSEN

Liz Cheney to Primary Enzi #WYSEN

Enzi has a primary challenger. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Liz Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced on Tuesday that she will challenge Wyoming Sen. Michael B. Enzi next year in the Republican primary.

Cheney’s decision sets up what will undoubtedly be a spirited primary with Enzi, 69, who confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that he will indeed run for a fourth term. Full story

DesJarlais’ Paltry Fundraising Raises Doubts About Re-Election #TN04

DesJarlais Paltry Fundraising Raises Doubts About Re Election #TN04

DesJarlais had a tough fundraising quarter, taking in just $39,000. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais, the anti-abortion Republican physician accused of encouraging his wife and mistress to have multiple abortions, raised just $39,000 in the second quarter, according to his most recent report to the Federal Election Commission. It’s a paltry sum for an incumbent member and signals more trouble for his re-election prospects in 2014.

DesJarlais’ weak fundraising quarter and measly $88,000 in cash on hand casts doubt on whether he can run a competitive campaign against two well-funded Republican primary challengers. His 4th District is the state’s largest and most expensive congressional district in which to run a television campaign.

DesJarlais’ primary opponents — state Sen. Jim Tracy and state Rep. Joe Carr — raised $303,000 and $100,000, respectively, in the second quarter and count former DesJarlais supporters among their donors, according to sources from both campaigns.

“The question from Republican viewers of the race isn’t just, ‘Where does he go for the money?’ but, ‘Where does he go for the support from voters?’” an unaffiliated Tennessee GOP operative said of DesJarlais. Full story

Another Democrat Opts Against Senate Bid in Montana #MTSEN (Updated)

Updated 4:20 p.m. | A second Democrat in the last four days has announced he or she will not seek Montana’s open Senate seat.

According to local reports, state Auditor Monica Lindeen took her name out of the running on Tuesday for the seat of retiring Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.

Lindeen’s name popped up along with a few other Democrats on Saturday after former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, the likely front-runner for the nomination, declared he was no longer considering a bid. Like Schweitzer, Lindeen said she did not want to leave Montana. Full story

House Democrats Help Aguilar Raise Big Money in Primary #CA31

House Democrats Help Aguilar Raise Big Money in Primary #CA31

Baca is running for Congress again. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It pays to have the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on your side — at least for fundraising.

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar — the DCCC’s chosen candidate for the targeted 31st District in California — brought in the most cash in his crowded primary, with $300,000 raised in the second quarter of this year.

Aguilar’s Democratic opponents did not fare so well. Former Rep. Joe Baca, who touted support from many of his former House colleagues, raised just $38,000 in the second quarter. It’s a small haul for any House candidate, but especially for a former member.

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July 15, 2013

Monday Fundraising Roundup: Deadline Day

The second-quarter reporting due date arrived Monday, spurring a flurry of fundraising announcements ahead of the midnight deadline.

Look for CQ Roll Call’s fundraising charts to detail counts from every 2014 Senate race, as well as dozens of top House races, in the coming days.

In the meantime, here’s a round up of Monday’s second-quarter fundraising announcements.

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The Senate Majority Fight in Post-Schweitzer World

Senate Democrats’ inability so far to lure top-tier talent to run for their three most vulnerable open seats shifts the spotlight to recruits in its two most promising pickup opportunities — a relative term in this lopsided landscape.

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s decision this weekend to eschew a Senate race came as an unexpected boon for the GOP’s hopes of netting the six seats necessary to win the Senate majority next year. Pulling off that feat would be an accomplishment for Republicans, even if they are waging war in friendly GOP territory.

But there is a realistic scenario that could force Democrats to rely on two first-time federal candidates in states where the party has enjoyed little success in recent years. If Montana moves off the competitive playing field and Republicans are also favored to pick up the open seats in West Virginia and South Dakota, the GOP would need to pick up just three more seats from their most promising targets in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana and North Carolina.
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Special Election Scheduled for Markey’s House Seat #MA05

Massachusetts election officials have scheduled a Dec. 10 special election to fill the soon-to-be-vacant 5th District.

The primary — which will likely pick the next congressman in this strong Democratic district — is set for Oct. 15.

Longtime Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., will be sworn into the Senate on Tuesday, succeeding Secretary of State John Kerry after the congressman’s  special election victory last month. But Markey’s election creates another special election for his House district.

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Ex-Miss America Raises Meager Sum for Primary Challenge #IL13

Former Miss America Erika Harold raised just $78,000 for her primary campaign against freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in the second quarter, according to her recently filed fundraising report.

Her haul is hundreds of thousands of dollars less than Davis, who raised more than $450,000 in the second quarter and has more than $700,000 in the bank. Harold reported $62,000 in cash on hand, according to the report.

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Ellmers Raises Small Sum in Second Quarter

Ellmers Raises Small Sum in Second Quarter

Ellmers filed her fundraising report. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., raised $158,000 in the second quarter — a relatively small haul for anyone thinking about running for Senate.

Ellmers has said she is still considering a bid to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in 2014. Full story

Conservative Democrat Runs for House Seat in Ohio #OH06

Conservative Democrat Runs for House Seat in Ohio #OH06

Johnson, a Republican, has drawn a new challenger. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Rep. Jennifer Garrison announced Monday that she will challenge GOP Rep. Bill Johnson for his conservative, southeast Ohio district.

“Both political parties have not focused enough on jobs, job security, and the kitchen table issues that our neighbors and families face everyday,” Garrison said in a release. Full story

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