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February 8, 2016

Thad Cochran Rakes in Campaign Cash for Runoff

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Thad Cochran is fundraising for the runoff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Supporters in D.C. and Mississippi have opened their wallets for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., since he came up 1,400 votes behind his GOP primary challenger last week and was forced into a runoff.

In the eight days since, the six-term incumbent has raised $370,000, according to multiple 48-hour reports filed to the Federal Election Commission as of Friday morning. That includes contributions from supporters back home, lobbyists and his fellow senators, including Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, John Cornyn of Texas and Jerry Moran of Kansas, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

And there is more coming in. The NRSC hosted a 250-person fundraiser for Cochran on Tuesday that raised $820,000, a committee official confirmed. Some of those funds are likely reflected in his 48-hour reports.

Cochran started out the second round of the primary with a financial edge over his tea party-backed opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. He still had $408,000 in cash on hand as of June 4, the day after the primary, according to his pre-runoff fundraising report — though much of that could be general-election-only funds. McDaniel’s report showed he had just $60,000 remaining for the June 24 runoff.

The outpouring of support has allowed Cochran to air two TV ads already as part of a shift in messaging that highlights specific examples of how his Capitol Hill influence has brought both money and jobs back to Mississippi — and what could happen if his opponent wins. Cochran’s second ad, released Thursday, featured former Sen. Trent Lott.

McDaniel has raised more than $50,000 since June 4, according to 48-hour reports filed to the FEC. But he also received air support this week from the Club for Growth, whose political action arm launched TV and radio ads Thursday critical of Cochran’s record and urging conservatives to get to the polls.

Cochran is benefiting from outside help as well from Mississippi Conservatives, which reported Thursday another round of direct mail opposing McDaniel.

In its pre-runoff report, the super PAC reported receiving $250,000 contributions from both former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Napster founder Sean Parker as part of nearly $1.3 million raised during the pre-runoff period of May 15 to June 4. It’s had to reload as well after finishing the primary with $54,000 in the bank.

  • Brian

    Thaaaaaad is going to get clobbered. What an old fool.

  • bpai99

    It’s too late for Cochran at this stage.

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  • voltaic

    So which ‘feed the rich and starve the poor and middle class’ GOP candidate will you vote for? Fools…….

  • Dave Francis


    Americans have to do in understanding how they have been lied to by the
    national press on illegal immigration, is to read the commentaries in every
    newspaper around the country. The 65% of the population who readily agree on a
    path to citizenship or amnesty is utterly bogus. The 65 percent is based on
    polls that are carefully wangled within the wording, so less cautious people
    fall for the exploitation. The mainstream media are experts of saying,
    “immigrants” that everybody agrees there is room in our nation for STEM
    (Scientist, Techs, Engineers and Mathematics) workers. Not millions of illegal
    aliens, who have little or no education and are human fodder for the incurable
    employers, who will exploit them, but legal immigrants who are highly skilled
    and will not become a public charge. I read the comments every day in as many
    newspapers and any reader can do the same?

    The comments are irrefutable that the majority
    who avidly read either printed matter or e-newspapers are not gullible to the
    engineered polls. I would not be far off in stating that at least 70 percent of
    readers, want illegal aliens out of the country; deported; NO amnesty; NO path
    to citizenship and given none of Obama’s freebies like as healthcare
    (Medicaid), housing, 4 billion dollars in fraudulent child tax credits with the
    compliments of Democrat Senator Harry Reid; schooling that is overcrowding our
    education system, EBT food stamps and other free programs. Honestly how can the
    president keep selling this nation down the river, adding daily billions more
    dollars to the already 17 TRILLION. It’s a dollar figure that cannot even be
    imagined? His socialized ideology is to spread America’s wealth around the world. This
    administration lies began with “Fast and Furious gun running to Mexico and as with every scandal ever
    since is a complete enigma—because nobody has been arrested or taken to trial.

    Even the
    media has been wholly biased remaining all but silent, refusing to tell their
    readers the whole truth about the illegal alien invasion or any Obama issues?
    He certainly showed his true colors, when he cut of entry to veterans arriving
    at World War 2 memorials, yet pandering to illegal aliens during that time. And
    now because he couldn’t get Congress to approve of that terrible immigration
    Senate bill, he used the president’s ultimate power bypassing the House and had
    his lieutenants consign to the U.S. Border Patrol not to detain those who slip
    past the border. And now you’re seeing this landslide of women with children,
    pregnant women, M-13 gangster animals, many bringing in deadly diseases, being
    dropped off from buses in Arizona, Texas and other states. This is a
    complete contradiction to the Rule of Law and you will get the bill for it all,
    including paying for the baby delivery. On Fox news the president of the US
    Border Patrol stated their hands are tied, by directive of Obama’s goons. The
    officers who guard the border personal have been deliberately limited, given
    jobs to look after the enormous flood of people and kids from Central America. Earlier he released 36.000
    criminal illegal aliens back into our neighborhoods.

    you finally had enough? Has Obama’s rampant lawlessness and acts of treason
    along with his high crimes caused you to say “that’s it, no more!”
    Then tell Congress about it! He is America’s Fraud President. He
    lies, spies and puts himself above the law. You would be shocked at how many
    citizens don’t know what he’s up to. The National Tea Party has come a long way
    but we must alert millions more people.

    Time to topple old Senator
    Thad Cochran and open the
    gates to the fresh complexions and new idea’s as Tea Party favorite Chris
    McDaniel. Voters are saying that Mr. McDaniel would do a better job of
    representing his conservative values, which included an opposition to President
    Obama’s health care law. Thad Cochran on the other hand is a staunch Republican
    with establishment ideologies.

    We need new visionaries in Congress who
    are not going to sell out or to bow down to Special Interests, to corporate
    cronies or the big trade unions, playing the same old continuous record of the
    Republican elite. All you have to do is don’t vote Democrat; don’t vote
    Republican; when you go to the ballot box make your decision on who will
    balance the federal and state budgets, Remove the Affordable Care Act.

    If you want change: removal of illegal aliens; Abolishment
    of the IRS; introduce a fair or consumption tax, reduction in government
    itself; Returning the Department of Education, Environmental Protection Agency
    to State control. Building the Keystone pipeline and making America self-sufficient in Energy and not
    dependent on foreign oil, gas. Reduce to a minimum of Regulations for growing
    businesses. Make corporate welfare a thing of the past. Use the Tea Party
    agenda of Ron Paul, The One Cent Solution is
    beautifully simple: If the government cuts one cent out of every dollar of its
    total spending (excluding interest payments) each year for five years, and then
    caps overall federal spending at 18 percent of national income from then on, we
    can: Reduce federal spending by $7.5 trillion over 10 years. Balance the budget
    by 2019.

    Blast a Message to ALL 100 U.S. Senators AND
    ALL 435 U.S. Representatives at their DC offices demanding that they REJECT ANY “PATHWAY TO
    CITIZENSHIP” AMNESTY PLAN FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS: Read Obama’s Plot to Import Illegal Alien Children Uncovered…Read the latest now on
    TeaParty dot org

  • Cecil

    Oh, so he’s running as a tea party candidate now? Then why is he running on a republican ticket?

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