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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Son of 2Q Fundraising Reports Open Thread

Posted by James L.

(Bbbbumped x2! Updated info at bottom.)

Part one of our second quarter campaign fundraising tally was just getting a bit too sprawling, so we'll pick up the slack over here.

AZ-01 (warning: PDF press release):
Ellen Simon (D): $500k raised ($200k of which was injected by herself)
(This is way out of left field. After letting this seat slip out of their fingers in 2004, and watching the most promising candidate for this race, Jack Jackson, Jr., drop out due to funding concerns, most AZ-01 Democrats assumed that this seat would be contested by some grade D candidate with pocket change for campaign funds. So who the heck is Simon and where is she getting all this money? Well, while it may be noticeably absent from her campaign website, she's a former head of the ACLU, so I'm sure she has the necessary connections. However, can you imagine the type of slime that Renzi is going to throw at her given her ACLU history? Not that she'll deserve it, but it won't take much effort for the smear machine to kick into gear here.)

As always, updates will be posted as I get 'em, or as you give 'em to me. What numbers have you seen lately?

Florida update (from the Palm Beach Post):

Bill Nelson (D): $2.3m raised ($12m cash-on-hand)
(That's $15m total that Nelson has raised so far. Lock this one up in the D column. Katherine Harris hasn't released her numbers yet.)

Ron Klein (D): $800k raised
(Great numbers for Klein, but watch out for Rep. Shaw's numbers--the NRCC claims he raised more than $800k just in one night's fundraising with President Bush. It's quite clear that while Bush may have a fairly high level of toxicity to the general public, the big money donor base is more than willing to show their gratitude.)

PA, NJ, and NY Update:

Bob Menendez (D): $2.587m raised ($7.39m cash-on-hand)
Tom Kean, Jr. (R): $1.1 million raised ($2.25m cash-on-hand)
(Shitty numbers for the Keanster, so expect the NRSC to waste a fair bit of coin on this one.)

Patrick Murphy (D): $452k raised ($494k cash-on-hand; $0.96m total raised)
Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Inc.): $300k raised ($1.1m cash-on-hand, $1.95m total raised)
(Ginny! only raised $600k total in her 2004 run; Patrick Murphy keeps on showing us why he's an exponentially superior candidate.)

NY-24 (open seat):
Mike Arcuri (D): $470k raised ($350k cash-on-hand)
Raymond Meier (R): $496k raised ($434k cash-on-hand)

In other news, Joe Sestak (also a Netroots candidate) is going to be added to the DCCC's Red-to-Blue program.

Texas Update (from the Houston Chronicle):

Nick Lampson (D): $600k raised ($2m cash-on-hand, $2.9m total raised)
(You think DeLay will have anything left after his legal fees eat up his war chest?)

CT & FL Update:

Diane Farrell (D): $788k raised ($1.4m cash-on-hand; $1.9m total raised)
(Wowza. That's a blockbuster amount--Farrell has already well surpassed the $1.55m she raised in her 2004 challenge against Shays. She pulled 48% of the vote last time to Shays' 52%. Farrell, Lois Murphy, and Ron Klein are in a class of their own for their stellar fundraising abilities among House challengers this cycle.)

Phyllis Busansky (D): $335k raised
Gus Bilirakis (R): $265k raised
(I'm not sure what the cash-on-hand numbers look like for this open seat, but Phyllis has raised $725k this cycle--that's the power of Red to Blue at work, folks.)

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Ron Klein running for FL-22, though he did not outraise his opponent did pull in $800,000 in the second quarter alone. Cook Report moved the seat to 'toss-up'.

Posted by: jonahinnyc [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2006 09:01 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

She hasn't won her primary yet, and she's probably toast, in a conservative district, with that liberal credential around her neck.
However, with all that money, she'll draw defense resources away from AZ-05, which is more winnable.

Go, Ellen!

Posted by: Christopher Walker [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2006 10:35 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

The AZ GOP's "Slime Machine" is worse than even the ACLU part. They're using Simon's children against her! http://polstate.com/?p=4815

In addition, it seems that her husband has a checkered past, to say the least. I don't think it's fair to use it against her, but it's out there, and you can bet the GOP is going to use it if this race gets competitive. http://www.azgop.org/News/Read.aspx?ID=1343

It's slimy, it's awful, but it's what they do.

Posted by: Stephen Yellin [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2006 10:49 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Politicsnj.com is reporting Senator Menendez raised 2.6 million during the second quarter.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez raised $2,587,708 in the last quarter and has $7,392,276 cash on hand. There is no word yet on Republican Tom Kean‘s Jr.’s fundraising. “I’m not putting numbers out today. They’re not finished with the report,” said Kean spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker. Kean had $1,839,187 in his warchest when the last report was filed. (07/12/06)


Posted by: AndTun1 [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2006 12:23 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Seeing Ellen Simon's numbers is great. But keep in mind that 200 of her 500 is self-funding. Also, she is from a super-rich family (I believe her father was a developer of shopping centers). Some time ago, I suggested to friends that her family would create a PAC and fund her. We shall see. My concern with her candidacy is her husband's background. He was criminally convicted in his native Canada three times, and has been called (by the lead mewspapers in Cleveland and Toronto) the worst dead-beat dad in Canada. His former wife, Pamela Tanner, is posting information about him on Arizona political blogs. See e.g., http://www.azcongresswatch.com/?p=1877 and look for 7/4 comment. Also, here in the states he is party to a number of lawsuits where he may have been involved in a Ponzi scheme. My concern for Simon is that this will taint her in the race. And Simon's primary opponent, Mike Caccioppoli, is alredy raising this stuff, saying that the R's will use it in the fall. http://mikecforcongress.com/press/pr071006.pdf

Personally, I would be happy if Simon would just run a good race, spend a lot of money, and tie down the R's in AX-01, while we fight and win in AZ-05 and AZ-08.

Posted by: hilltopper [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2006 12:33 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

NY-24: Sherwood Boehlert is retiring.

Both main candidates, "Republican state Sen. Raymond Meier and Oneida County District Attorney Michael Arcuri, a Democrat, each raised nearly $500,000 through the end of June, according to campaign finance reports being filed this week.

Meier's report, filed with the Federal Election Commission Monday, shows that $202,843, about 41 percent of the $496,913 he raised, came from special interests and Republican lawmakers across the country.

Arcuri has not yet filed his second-quarter report due Saturday. But aides said Monday he expects to show about $470,000 raised and about $350,000 cash on hand. Meier has spent far less and has $434,182 left in the bank."

Full Story Here:

Pardon... posted this first under the Ney/Space Poll entry by mistake

Posted by: Ian in DC [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2006 04:28 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

To put Patrick Murphy (PA-08)'s numbers in perspective, the Republican incumbent (Mike Fitzpatrick) only raised about $300,000 in the 2nd quarter, and the Democrat two years ago (Ginny Schrader, much beloved of the netroots) raised only about $600,000 total during the whole campaign.

From the Bucks County Courier Times: http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-07132006-683171.html

Posted by: bschak [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 12:40 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Here's an update on the voting results for funding candidates from Barbara Boxer's PAC:
Current Vote Leaders

Claire McCaskill (MO)17%
Bob Casey (PA) 16%
Barbara Ann Radnofsky (TX) 14%
Pete Ashdown (UT) 11%
Sherrod Brown (OH) 9%
Jim Webb (VA) 7%
Erik Fleming (MS) 5%
Harold Ford (TN) 4%

14,000 votes BTW. Interesting to see McCaskill has pulled ahead, sorry to see Webb has dropped and trailing Radnofsky & Ashdown. Ends July 21st.


Posted by: Predictor [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 02:28 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

As Kean's #'s were not shown (From PoliticsNJ):

"Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez raised $2,587,708 in the last quarter and has $7,392,276 cash on hand. Republican Tom Kean Jr. has raised about $1.1 million during the same period and will report about $2.25 million cash on hand."

Posted by: Predictor [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 05:17 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

L-09 Race Heating Up...

From SPTimes Buzz:

Fundraising picked up during the second quarter of this year for Phyllis Busansky, the Democratic candidate [FL-09] running to replace Rep. Mike Bilirakis in Congress.

Busansky raised $335,000 while Gus Bilirakis, the Republican frontrunner raised upwards of $265,000.

Busansky is making great progress. The GOP is scared...

Posted by: poliblogist [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 05:20 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Sen. Nelson should start putting some of that money toward other Democrats. He could go dark for the duration and beat Harris.

Simon is silly not to mention the fact she's a former head of the ACLU---does she think its not going to get out? If she has all that money, she needs to go on the offensive---"Despite what you may have heard from the media, the ACLU's only goal is to defend the freedoms that we all enjoy as Americans. I was proud to head an organization whose sole purpose was preventing the erosion of freedom." Or something. If both sides know the facts, make sure you put your spin on the facts first, so that they have to fight off your spin before they can present theirs.

Posted by: bosdcla14 [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 14, 2006 03:31 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Zach Space has outraised Bob Ney (2-1 margin possibly). Heard this on Air America this morning and MyDD just posted.


Posted by: jonahinnyc [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 14, 2006 08:56 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Space - $308,000
Ney - $123,000


Posted by: jonahinnyc [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 14, 2006 10:42 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

The amazing Judy Feder for Congress campaign train keeps chugging along in Virginia's 10th CD.  In the second quarter of 2006, Feder raised $318,910, compared to $282,498 for incumbent Frank Wolf.  For 2006 as a whole, Feder has outraised Wolf by $195,067, with $607,887 for Feder and $412,820 for Wolf.  Finally, in terms of "cash on hand," Feder is within striking distance of Wolf, with $461,247 for Feder and $636,089 for Wolf.  All in all, combined with promising poll results for Feder, it looks like we've got a real race on our hands here.

A few more details on the Feder fundraising numbers, courtesy of the Feder campaign.

*Well over $140,000 of the second quarter's $319,000 came in via the internet. 

*Since the Feder campaign began accepting contributions over the internet, it has received about the same amount online and offline.

*In large part, contributions are coming from donations received via the Feder website using ActBlue

*A significant share also is coming to Act Blue directly, indicating that blogs like Raising Kaine and others are driving money to Feder's campaign.

*The Feder campaign believes that it is moving up the ranks at the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) in terms of "competitiveness."

All in all, this is great news for Judy Feder and for Democrats in general.  I hope that Judy will come "liveblog" here on Raising Kaine to tout her great news, and also take her case to the national blogs.

Posted by: lowkell [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 14, 2006 07:01 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment