House 2Q 2009 Fundraising Roundup

The second quarter reporting deadline for congressional candidates has now come and gone, so it’s time for SSP to gather up all the noteworthy fundraising numbers for 2010’s hot (and not-so-hot) House races.

Here’s the full chart, but if you see anything we missed, let us know in the comments:

A few quick notes:

  • The average amount raised by a Frontline participant was $278K, an improvement over the first quarter, when the average amount raised was $259K.
  • The Frontline member with the phattest second quarter haul was Jim Himes’ impressive $518K. The weakest? For the second quarter in a row, it’s Carol Shea-Porter and her $120K raised. Jeez Louise.
  • You may vaguely recall that the NRCC started their own copycat version of the DCCC’s Frontline program, titled the “Patriot Program“. Let’s take a look at their first ten participants, a batch that they finally rolled out in May (Lungren, Calvert, Bilbray, Biggert, Cao, McCotter, Paulsen, Lance, Lee and Reichert). Their average haul was $301K each — a big jump from that group’s average 1Q take of $167K. It’s a small group so far, but it appears that the Patriot project is having some effect.
  • Democratic challengers who out-raised Republican incumbents: Ami Bera (CA-03), Stephen Pougnet (CA-45), John Carney (DE-AL), and Charlie Justice (FL-10). (However, it must be noted that Justice’s haul was far from impressive.)
  • Republican challengers who out-raised Democratic incumbents: Van Tran (CA-47), Greg Ball (NY-19), and Bill Russell (PA-12). (Caveat: Bill Russell is a BMW Direct client, which explains where most of his money is laundered coming from — and going to.)
  • Overall, I’m struck by the lackluster sums from many highly-touted candidates on both sides of the aisle. For the Dems, Michael Bond (IL-10), Charlie Justice (FL-10), Paula Flowers (TN-03), and Bill Hedrick (CA-44) in particular will need to step up their game. But many GOP candidates had pretty underwhelming quarters, too: Charles Djou (HI-01), Sid Leiken (OR-04), Jon Barela (NM-01) and Frank Guinta (NH-01) were all well south of $100K this quarter. (If you can’t out-raise Carol Shea-Porter, something is wrong with you.) No doubt the crappy economy is tightening the cash flow for many candidates right now, but these candidates will have to start finding the money sooner rather than later.

49 thoughts on “House 2Q 2009 Fundraising Roundup”

  1. I wonder if that could turn into a real race.  Paul Welday running in MI-9 “raised” 105k, but 101k was from a personal donation.

  2. I love end of quarter fundraising days!  They’re def a favorite day.

    Drier’s numbers are pretty weak for an incumbent who should know he’s going to get targetted.  He only by 13% in his last race, although we may need the Obama turnout to make it happen in Cali.  But all those Republican Reps in SoCal should be given notice now, you better work.

    Jim Himes had a great quarter, Id love to see him go for Senate above any of the other Reps.

    The most disappointing of all is Charlie Justice, what the hell?  He’s been our guy for how long, how has he not built up the fundraising base to make this happen.

  3. I’m looking forward to the AL-7 Primary.  Anyone announced for FL-17 yet?  Also, what’s going on in NY-23?  Did we get a candidate yet?  The filing deadline has passed/is about to pass, right?

  4. CA04: Tom McClintock is not going to be a congressman for long, he’s got his eyes set higher with numbers like that.

    CA45: Bono-Mack got outraised, and while she has a larger cash reserve, it’s not by a whole lot. This is going to be a close one, unless Bono-Mack choses to retire to spend more time on the other side of the country with her not nearly as endangered (electorally) husband.

    CA47: Eep! Van Tran Outraised Sanchez and Sanchez does not have a huge cash supply.

    CT4: Does Himes really need to raise cash at that fast of a clip?

    FL22: Seems Klein must have been considering Senate this year with how much cash he had in the bank, left over from 2008.

    FL24: Nice job Kosmos, poor job highly touted R opposition.

    ID01: Great job Minnick, lol Republicans

    IL13: Retirement rumors seem to be overblown.

    LA03: That looks like the beginning of Senate numbers.

    NE02: Not a great start for Terry.

    NY19: You’re not safe enough to slack off yet Rep. Hall. Pick it up.

    PA8: Pat Murphy knows cash. Someday, he’ll go statewide. Hopefully soon, he was my favorite candidate of 2006.

    PA12: Murtha? Why so low? Retiring? Please?

    VA10: Wolf may be thinking retirement with those kind of numbers. Just maybe. I’ll trade Glenn Nye for whatever Dem comes up here.

  5. These numbers are impressive. I’d love to see what Mary Jo Kilroy’s numbers are. If I were her I’d try to be raising money like there was no tommorrow in order to hold on in such a gerrymanderd district.

  6. I don’t guess ID-01 is big fundraising territory, and his opponents aren’t doing too well on the $$$.  I love Sali having raised $0!

  7. Raised $162k with $170k on hand. He needs a challenger.

    And some comments:

    CA-03: Who’s this guy that’s outraising Dan Lundgren?

    FL-02: Allen Boyd looks to be pretty safe from his primary challenger.

    FL-21/25: Looks like the economy has hurt the Diaz-Balarts’ fundraising. Shame Ileana Ros-Lehtinen can’t spare them some cash.

    IN-05: What’s with all the challengers to Burton?

    UT-02: Jim Matheson is sitting on a lot of cash. Wonder if he’s looking to run for Senate when Hatch retires. Or if he’s just expecting a fight after redistricting.

  8. CA-11–Jon Del Arroz (Republican Challenger)–308K raised, 276K on hand, but nearly a quarter-mil of it was self-funded.

    Also, there was a GOPer in the 10th that raised decent cash. His name was David Harmer–raised $175K (no loans), has $144K on hand.

  9. $390,000, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.  I wonder if this is an indication that he does have his sights set on a primary challenge to Isakson, as has been rumored.

  10. CA-03: Anyone heard from Bill Durston?

    CA-44: How much did Bill Hedrick run on last time?

    CA-46: Anyone know what Debbie Cook is up to?  (And do we want her to run again?  She had a rather lackluster result last year, IIRC.)

    NH-01: Yeah, I got several e-mails at the end of last quarter from CSP begging for money.  She loves to use the tagline that she doesn’t take money from PACs or something like that, and I’m guessing it’s gotta be true.

    Overall: I’m gonna guess the numbers are rather lackluster due to the stinking economy.

  11. VA-05: You’re missing what was probably very Goode.

    OH-15: Okay, I take back what I said about Stivers necessarily being competitive, what with the fat “$0[k]” figure.

  12. WV-02 Shelley Moore Capito R-inc $131K raised $215K COH

    The DCCC is sniffing around W.Va. for a challenger. I think we missed our best chance in ’08, it hurt when Obama decided not to campaign in the district or contest the state.

    2010 looks like a status quo year unless some major scandal erupts or one of the W.Va. Sen. seats suddenly opens up. Still, this is one of those seats we’ve had success in forcing the GOP to invest resources in.

    2012 looks really interesting. Both the Gov. (Manchin/definitely) and Sen. (Byrd/near certainty) seats will be open. It will be post-redistricting. If Capito is ever going to leave the House on her own volition, it’ll be by then.

  13. CA-11: Jon del Arroz, not John… lol I’ve known him forever, and as an Erik, I know how it can be. lol

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