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April 12, 2013
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.)
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.
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:
April 11, 2013
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
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:
The five-term member’s name was floated in the state as a potential challenger to the first-term Democrat — who is considered one of the most vulnerable senators up for re-election this cycle – and recent polls put him at the top of the heap among a handful of potential GOP candidates.
However, McHenry said in a statement that he “has too much to get done” in the House and thus is declining to enter the race.
“My colleagues in the House have entrusted me with important responsibilities as a subcommittee chairman on the Financial Services Committee as well as leading recruitment efforts for the” National Republican Congressional Committee, McHenry said. “But with her unwavering support for President Obama’s failed policies, I have no doubt that North Carolinians will think twice before sending Kay Hagan back to Washington.” Full story
Updated 2:05 p.m.| A Louisville news radio station reported Thursday that Progress Kentucky, a group seeking to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, was behind the secret recording of a McConnell campaign strategy session.
WFPL reported that Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, a founder and volunteer for the group, respectively, “bragged” about recording the meeting to Jacob Conway, a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Party executive committee.
(See also in Roll Call: Secret Recording Spurs Ethics Complaint Against McConnell)
Conway told WFPL that they stood in the hallway of the Lousiville office building where McConnell’s campaign headquarters is located and recorded the meeting through a vent in the door. Full story
With a top Democratic recruit on board, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s re-election will be one of the most closely watched contests of the midterm elections.
Minnesota hotelier Jim Graves announced Thursday that he will seek a rematch against the four-term House Republican. Graves lost by just a single point in their 2012 matchup, and national Democrats are in turn expected to expend far more resources there than last cycle.
Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, raised $1.85 million in the first quarter — a handsome sum for the senator up for re-election in 2014.
Cornyn will report having $4.2 million in cash on hand, according to figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call from a source close to the senator. Full story
Martha Robertson, an upstate county legislator, announced Thursday that she will challenge three-term Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., in the 23rd District.
Robertson – a Democrat who currently chairs the Tompkins County Legislature – said her work there has helped bring more than 700 jobs to her community, which includes Cornell University and Ithaca College.
Updated 4:20 p.m. | An outside watchdog group filed ethics complaints against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., suggesting possible misuse of official staff for campaign purposes.
“Using taxpayer-funded resources to pay staffers to dig up dirt on political opponents isn’t just an ethics violation, it’s a federal crime,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a statement that explained the complaints filed with both the FBI and the Senate Ethics Committee.
The allegation is that legislative assistants were working on government time for political purposes, conducting opposition research against potential Democratic challenger Ashley Judd. As CREW itself acknowledges, the campaign has said that the individuals in question conducted the research on their own time.
Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is trying to ward off potential primary challengers with hefty first-quarter fundraising and a veteran campaign team already in place for 2014.
The Democrat, appointed Dec. 26 to replace the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, announced on Thursday he raised more than $1.1 million in the first three months of this year.
A news release states that 79 percent of the money came from Hawaii donors. But he also received a boost from some Senate colleagues. Full story
Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced on Thursday that she raised more than $1.2 million in the first quarter of this year, more than double what her new opponent hauled.
Her GOP challenger, Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy, raised $500,000 in the same time period. He officially entered the race last week.
Freshman Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider raised $390,000 in the first quarter of this year.
Cash-on-hand figures were not immediately available. But at the end of last year, Schneider reported only a small amount, $14,000, in the bank.
The 10th District, which includes the suburbs north of Chicago, has played host to highly competitive races for several cycles. Last year, Schneider defeated GOP Rep. Robert Dold by 1 point.
April 10, 2013
All three freshmen won rematch races in 2012 after narrowly losing bids for Congress in 2010.
Three months into the 2014 midterm cycle, there are at least a handful of highly anticipated House race rematches on tap. More are likely to materialize in the next year.
The 2012 opponent of Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., made his comeback official Tuesday, and Minnesota hotelier Jim Graves is expected to announce Thursday whether he will again challenge GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. Observers believe he will run.
The House landscape is far from set at this early juncture, with first-quarter fundraising reports due Monday and challengers just starting to roll out their campaigns.
Also, a presidential-year electorate differs (in some districts greatly) from a midterm electorate. Depending on the district, that could mean that a rematch race is less — or more — competitive. Full story