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April 15, 2013

Remainders: They Work Hard for the Money

Congressional candidates work hard for the money, and it shows in the first-quarter fundraising reports filed on Monday.

This quarter, seven figures marked the high bar for Senate campaign fundraising bragging rights — a large sum for hauls from this early in the cycle.

To be sure, the political fundraising market is different in every state (for example, it’s easier for incumbents to raise money in New Jersey than Alaska). But across the map, senators seeking re-election in 2014 — most of whom of are Democrats — raised big bucks.

Here’s a roundup of Monday’s fundraising announcements and filings: Full story

Massachusetts: Markey, Lynch Suspend Campaigns After Marathon Explosion

Massachusetts: Markey, Lynch Suspend Campaigns After Marathon Explosion

Markey suspended his campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:40 p.m. | Reps. Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch have suspended all campaign activity following the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

In a single-sentence statement, the Markey campaign stated it had suspended “campaign activities including canvassing, phone banking, fundraising and television advertisements.”

The Lynch campaign released a statement on the news, then confirmed to CQ Roll Call that it, too, has halted campaign activities.

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Kentucky: Capitol Police Assisting FBI With McConnell Recording Probe

Kentucky: Capitol Police Assisting FBI With McConnell Recording Probe

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police will assist the FBI in investigating a secretly recorded campaign strategy session between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his aides.

“The FBI is the lead investigative agency. We are providing them with assistance in the case,” Capitol Police spokesman Shennell Antrobus told CQ Roll Call on Monday afternoon. Full story

California: Baca Will Challenge Miller in 31st District

California: Baca Will Challenge Miller in 31st District

Baca will try to come back to Congress, challenging a Republican instead of a fellow Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

So much for that blood feud congressional race in California’s Inland Empire.

Former Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., has announced he will run in a different district next year, challenging one of his party’s top targets — Republican Rep. Gary G. Miller.  Full story

Ohio: Joyce Raised $234,000 in First Quarter

Rep. David Joyce raised a strong $234,200 during the first quarter of this year, according to fundraising figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

Joyce, perhaps Ohio’s most vulnerable House Republican, ended last month with $463,000 in the bank.

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Rubio Raises $2.28 Million in First Quarter

Rubio Raises $2.28 Million in First Quarter

Rubio announced his quarterly fundraising. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Marco Rubio raised $2.28 million during the first quarter across three affiliated political committees, CQ Roll Call has learned.

Adopting a fundraising strategy usually employed by national party committees and major presidential nominees, the Florida Republican set up a joint fundraising committee with his personal campaign account and his political action committee, Reclaim America.

Collectively, Rubio’s three committees ended March with $2.32 million in cash on hand after spending $1.2 million, including $700,000 on a brand new, national direct mail program that helped the senator attract 15,000 new donors. Half of the senator’s first quarter contributions came from small donors. Full story

April 14, 2013

Alaska: Joe Miller Launching Senate Exploratory Committee

Joe Miller, the tea-party-backed Alaska Republican who lost a 2010 Senate race, announced on Sunday that he is launching an exploratory committee as he considers another Senate campaign.

The announcement comes just two days after first-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich announced raising almost $1 million in the first fundraising quarter of the cycle. It also comes after a tumultuous week at the state Republican Party, which ousted yet another chairman.

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Tennessee: DesJarlais Primary Opponent Raises $450,000 in First Quarter

Tennessee: DesJarlais Primary Opponent Raises $450,000 in First Quarter

DesJarlais' primary opponent announced their quarterly fundraising. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jim Tracy, a Tennessee state senator challenging scandal-plagued GOP Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the primary, will announce Monday that he raised almost $450,000 in the first quarter of the year, according to fundraising figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

Tracy will also report that he has $400,000 cash on hand, said a source close to Tracey’s campaign, more than a year ahead of the state’s August 2014 primary.

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April 12, 2013

New Hampshire: Sununu Forgoes Comeback Senate Bid

Former Sen. John E. Sununu, R-N.H., will not challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to a rematch, he told the  the New Hampshire Union Leader in an interview Friday.

His announcement opens the floodgates for Granite State Republicans looking at the race. Many potential GOP candidates were waiting for Sununu to make a decision about the race before announcing their intentions.

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Empty Inbox? Join Gillibrand’s Campaign Email List

Empty Inbox? Join Gillibrands Campaign Email List

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. is a prolific pen pal.

The Empire State’s junior senator has sent emails to her supporters at a copious clip in the past month — sending a total of four messages just this week. Democratic operatives who monitor campaign email traffic say Gillibrand’s operation emails supporters more often than almost anyone else in the Senate.

“Outside of leadership, probably yes,” said one Democratic digital consultant, who added that the senator might send more messages than the president’s campaign operation.

Why the inbox barrage? It’s not because she has a tough re-election anytime soon. Gillibrand won’t face another Senate race until 2018 and she’s a strong fundraiser, pulling in $15 million for her 2012 re-election, a contest she won by 45 points.  Full story

Alaska: Begich Raises $948K in First Fundraising Quarter

Alaska: Begich Raises $948K in First Fundraising Quarter

Begich announced his fundraising for the first quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, raised just under $1 million in the first quarter of the year, according to a copy of his fundraising report obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Begich raised $948,000 from January through March and had more than $1.5 million in cash on hand at the end of last month.

That’s a solid start for the targeted incumbent Democrat, especially considering the Frontier State’s relatively inexpensive media markets. (See more fundraising totals in Roll Call.)

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Jordan Backs Landry Super PAC for House Conservatives

Jordan Backs Landry Super PAC for House Conservatives

Jordan supports Landry's efforts to support conservatives in House races. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has offered his support for former Louisiana Rep. Jeff Landry’s new super PAC, which aims to boost conservatives in House races.

Jordan, one-time chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, sent Landry a note of support Tuesday — just after the Pelican State Republican announced he was launching Restore Our Republic super PAC.

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South Carolina: Jenny Sanford Has No Plans to Endorse in Special Election

Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford has no plans to endorse in the 1st District special election that includes her ex-husband, former Gov. Mark Sanford.

Democrats plugged into Palmetto State politics previously speculated that if she would endorse the Democrat in the race, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, it would serve as a death blow to her former husband’s campaign. But that scenario is not materializing.

Jenny Sanford wrote CQ Roll Call in an email:

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By Abby Livingston Posted at 5 a.m.
S.C.-1

April 11, 2013

California: Almost Every Democrat in Delegation Gets Behind Honda

California: Almost Every Democrat in Delegation Gets Behind Honda

Honda was endorsed by many of his California Democratic colleagues. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ-Roll Call File Photo)

All but three Democrats in California’s congressional delegation have now publicly backed Rep. Michael M. Honda’s re-election bid.

The six-term incumbent faces what will likely be a competitive primary in the Silicon Valley. Former Obama administration official Ro Khanna entered the 17th District race last week.

Thirty-three California Democrats endorsed Honda on Thursday in the latest boast of strength from the congressman’s campaign. He’s previously rolled out the endorsements of President Barack Obama, the state’s two senators and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

(See also in Roll Call: Khanna Will Challenge Fellow Democrat Honda in Silicon Valley) Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 10:03 p.m.
Calif.-17

Remainders: If You Got It, Flaunt It. Early.

If you got it, flaunt it. And in campaign fundraising, the best flaunt their numbers early.

There are several days yet until campaigns are required to file their first quarter fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission. Typically, only campaigns with hauls worth bragging about release their figures early.

Here’s are the congressional campaign fundraising figures that caught our eye on Thursday:

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