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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:

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House:

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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.

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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.

 

Booker Cancels Campaign Event After Father’s Death

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has canceled his last Senate campaign event of the day in the wake of his father’s death.

The Booker campaign announced that Cary Booker, 76, died today in Las Vegas. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease, and the campaign said he had recently suffered a stroke.

According to his website bio, Booker’s father was a North Carolina native and the son of a single mom. He and Booker’s mother worked for IBM. After Booker was born in Washington, D.C., the family relocated to Bergen County, New Jersey. Full story

Georgia Republican Invests $1M in Senate Campaign

Republican David Perdue has invested $1 million of his own money into his campaign for Georgia’s open Senate seat, which features a crowded GOP primary.

Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General and a cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, announced Thursday that he donated $500,000 and loaned $500,000 to his campaign in the third quarter.

The personal investment boosted his fundraising haul to more than $1.8 million and left him with $1.3 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30.

“I wouldn’t expect others to invest in a cause that I was not willing to invest in myself,” Perdue said in a statement. “However, I do not believe in self-funding a campaign. After these first weeks, I am confident that people are responding and we will have the resources needed to get our message out to the voters.” Full story

Conservative Super PAC Ups Ad Buy Against Cheney

A conservative super PAC is increasing its TV ad buy against Liz Cheney, who is vying for the Republican Senate nomination in Wyoming.

American Principles Fund initially launched its ad on Monday for a one-week flight backed by $75,000. But the group announced Thursday that it has now invested $140,000 for a three-week run on statewide broadcast and cable. The ad hits Cheney on gay marriage.

Cheney is challenging Sen. Michael B. Enzi in the Republican primary. In a statement in August, Cheney said there was a push poll being conducted against her on this issue and that she is “not pro-gay marriage.”

The group is promising to invest further in this and other races around the country. Full story

Franken Challenger Posts $700K Fundraising Quarter

A Republican challenger to Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced Thursday that he raised $700,000 in the third quarter.

Mike McFadden, a finance executive, is one of a handful of Republicans vying to take on the first-term Democrat. After two quarters of fundraising, McFadden has now brought in nearly $1.5 million and had $1.2 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30.

Those solid numbers likely keep him ahead of the GOP pack but still behind the incumbent. Franken, who has not yet released his third-quarter fundraising total, has so far this year been on a fundraising tear. He raised nearly $2 million last quarter and had $3 million in cash on hand by the end of June. Full story

Family Research Council President Eyes House Bid

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, is considering a bid in Louisiana’s open 6th District, he confirmed through a spokesman to CQ Roll Call on Thursday.

Perkins, a former state legislator and fervent opponent to same-sex marriage, would be running to succeed GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy. Cassidy is running for Senate against Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in 2014.

“I can confirm for you that Tony hasn’t ruled out the possibility of running,” FRC spokesman Darin Miller said in a statement on Thursday.

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Sarah Palin to Stump in New Jersey on Saturday

Sarah Palin will hit the campaign stump on Saturday ahead of next week’s New Jersey Senate special election.

Palin, a Fox News contributor and former Alaska governor, will join underdog Republican nominee Steve Lonegan for a rally at the New Egypt Speedway. The Lonegan campaign announced the news Wednesday night, when Lonegan and Newark Mayor Cory Booker engaged in their final debate ahead of the Oct. 16 special. Full story

October 9, 2013

Ex-House Chief of Staff to Run in Pennsylvania

Retired Col. John A. Hugya, former chief of staff to the late Rep John P. Murtha, D-Pa., will announce a bid for his House seat on Friday, according to a release from Hugya’s campaign.

Hugya, 79, will run in the 12th District, a seat Murtha held for more than 30 years. He will make an announcement in the district at a statue of Murtha at the Johnstown War Memorial.

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Vulnerable House Democrat Raises $189K in Third Quarter

McIntyre faces a tough race for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mike McIntyre, one of the most vulnerable House incumbents, raised $189,000 in the third quarter of 2013, according to his most recent fundraising report.

The North Carolina Democrat’s most recent haul is about 20 percent less than the $236,000 he raised in the previous fundraising quarter. He reported $524,000 in cash on hand.

McIntyre is one of seven Democrats representing districts that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried in 2012, making him a top GOP target in 2014. Romney carried North Carolina’s 7th District by a 19-point margin last cycle.

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EMILY’s List Backs Two More House Candidates

EMILY’s List, a group that boosts female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, has endorsed two candidates in competitive House races in Maine and California.

On Wednesday, the organization offered their support to state Sen. Emily Cain, running in Maine’s 2nd District, and former Capitol Hill aide Amanda Renteria, running in California’s 21st District. Full story

New York Republican Won’t Challenge Dan Maffei | #NY24

Maffei is a Democrat from New York. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci will not challenge Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., in the 24th District in 2014.

“After careful consultation with members of my family, friends and political supporters, I have decided to forgo a race for Congress next year,” Antonacci said in a statement Wednesday.

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Bill Young Announces Retirement From Congress (Updated)

 

Young will leave Congress at the end of his 22nd term. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, a 22-term Republican, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in 2014, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times.

Young’s retirement creates an opportunity for Democrats in Florida’s 13th District. President Barack Obama carried the district by 1 point in 2012.

Young is the longest-serving Republican in the House. The 82-year-old told the newspaper that after suffering health problems over the past few years, “it’s my time” to retire. Full story

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