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October 15, 2013

House Campaigns Rush to File Fundraising Reports

A deluge of House challengers and incumbents announced their fundraising tallies for the third quarter Tuesday. Here are the financial reports that caught our attention:
  • #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.
More numbers after the jump.

Veteran Congressman Raises $10 in Third Quarter

Watt is up for a position in the Obama administration. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

Special Election Whirlwind Week Starts Today

A week of rapid-fire congressional special elections kicks off Tuesday with a primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, followed by two more contests in the following days to fill vacant seats on Capitol Hill.

Both the Massachusetts contest and a special election primary in Louisiana’s 5th District on Saturday are taking place in safe Democratic and Republican seats respectively, leaving little chance for either party to flip a new seat into their column. Yet with crowded primary fields in both races, it’s not clear which candidates will emerge with the nominations.

There’s a third special election on Wednesday in New Jersey to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg. Newark Mayor Cory Booker is favored to keep that seat in Democratic hands.

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Mitch McConnell Outraised by Kentucky Democrat

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.

Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 11:02 a.m.
FEC, Fundraising, Ky. Senate

Poll: Booker Up 14 Going Into New Jersey Special Election

Newark Mayor Cory Booker continues to lead his Republican opponent by double digits with just one day to go in the New Jersey Senate special election.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday morning found Booker ahead of Republican Steve Lonegan, 54 percent to 40 percent. The margin is nearly identical to a week ago, when Booker led by 12 points. Full story

Vulnerable New York Republican Raises $550K

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

Monday Fundraising Roundup: House Challengers Rake in Dough

House challengers and aspirants continued to released their numbers on Monday, ahead of this week’s deadline to report third quarter fundraising.
The day’s most noteworthy numbers came from former Rep. Robert Dold, a Republican in Illinois, and venture capitalist Sean Eldridge, a Democrat in New York. Both challengers are closing in on the million dollar mark for their respective cash-on-hand totals.
  • #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

Friday Fundraising Roundup: Senate Candidates Unleash Numbers (Updated)

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:

Senate: 

  • #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.

House:

  • #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. 

McConnell Opponent Loans Campaign $600K

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.

Gary Peters Posts Second Million-Dollar Quarter for Senate

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.

McConnell Raised $2.3M in 3rd Quarter

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

Wednesday Fundraising Roundup

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:

Senate:

House:

Full story

Gay Republican Plans to File for Young Seat

Republican political consultant Nick Zoller intends to file his statement of candidacy to run for the GOP nomination in Florida’s 13th District by the end of this week, according to his political consultant, Brad Fingeroot.

The race blew open on Wednesday when Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young announced his retirement.

Attorney Jessica Ehrlich is running for the Democratic nomination. It is possible that other candidates will jump into both fields.

In the wake of Young’s announcement, Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call moved the race to the Tossup category.

Former TV Correspondent Mulls Bid for Capito Seat

Former television correspondent Ed Rabel announced on Facebook that he is “exploring a run” for West Virginia’s 2nd District.

The Charleston Gazette reported that he is considering a run as a candidate for the local “Mountain Party.” Rabel was a national correspondent for CBS and NBC.

“As you may know by this time, I am exploring a run for the United States Congress,” he wrote. “The Congressional seat I may be seeking is in the 2nd Congressional District of West Virginia, a big district that stretches from one end of the state to the other.”

“I’ll be traveling the length and breadth of the district to listen to the people in making my decision whether to run,” he added.

He then asked for financial contributions.

Full story

Nevada Candidate Raised $250K in Her First Quarter

Democratic National Committeewoman Erin Bilbray raised over a quarter of a million dollars in her first reporting period as a candidate.

She raised $253,000 and will report approximately $185,000 in cash on hand.

Bilbray is considered a top recruit in Democratic circles. She is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Jumpstart program and is endorsed by EMILY’s List.

She is challenging second-term Republican Rep. Joe Heck for Nevada’s 3rd District. The race is rated Lean Republican by Rothenberg Political Report.

 

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