Senate Democrats have kept up their prodigious fundraising over the last quarter, giving them a key advantage heading into the fall campaign.
A number of Democrats posted eye-popping numbers. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) hauled in $4 million, outraising Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump’s team identifies top projects for infrastructure plan: report GOP pans Democrats’ T infrastructure package Trump huddles with Senate leaders ahead of Supreme Court battle MORE (R-Ky.), who brought in $3.1 million. Sen. Kay HaganKay Hagan Former Sen. Kay Hagan in ICU after being rushed to hospital GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE (D-N.C.) brought in $3.6 million, and Georgia Senate nominee Michelle Nunn (D) brought in nearly $3.5 million, more than the combined total of two Republicans vying to face her in next Tuesday’s primary.
CO-SEN (UDALL), MI-SEN (OPEN): Two new polls out Tuesday hold good news for Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallLive coverage: Tillerson's hearing for State The rise and possible fall of the ‘Card’ in politics Gardner's chief of staff tapped for Senate GOP campaign director MORE (D-Colo.) and Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) as they battle competitive Republican challengers for Senate seats. The NBC/Marist polls show Udall holding his biggest lead in months against Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerOvernight Cybersecurity: Comey reportedly staying on at FBI | Court blocks DOJ appeal in Microsoft email case Cabinet picks boost 2018 Dems Trump applauds congressional allies as he kicks off inaugural festivities MORE (R-Colo.), earning 48 percent of the vote to Gardner’s 41 percent, with 10 percent undecided. Peters leads his Republican challenger, Terri Lynn Land, by 43 percent to 37 percent, according to the polls, with 19 percent undecided.
The Senate Majority PAC also released new ads hitting Gardner on abortion and contraception.
SC-SEN (GRAHAM): Financial filings made public Tuesday show that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $250,000 to the super-PAC backing Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamWebb: What matters now is policy WH: Trump believes millions voted illegally Ryan: ‘No evidence’ of mass voter fraud as Trump claimed MORE (R-S.C.) during his primary race against a Tea Party challenger. Bloomberg made a similar donation made public last month to Sen. Thad CochranThad CochranGOP senators voice misgivings about short-term spending bill Trump's wrong to pick Bannon or Sessions for anything Bottom Line MORE’s (R-Miss.) primary battle against Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel.
AK-SEN (BEGICH): Sen. Mark BegichMark BegichThe future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map Trump campaign left out of Alaska voter guide MORE (D-Alaska) edged Republican challenger Dan Sullivan in the second quarter of this year, raising more than $1.26 million compared to Sullivan’s almost $1.2 million. Due to heavy spending of nearly $2 million in the quarter, Begich is left with about $2.2 million on hand. Sullivan reported $1.7 million in the bank at the end of June.
Begich also released an ad featuring an Iraq War veteran touting the senator’s work to keep a fighter jet squadron in Alaska.
GA-SEN (OPEN): Democrat Michelle Nunn raked in more than $3.45 million in the second quarter, a sum that is likely to be among the best in the country for the period. Nunn’s fundraising topped that of both of her Republican challengers, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and David Perdue, by $300,000.
Perdue released an ad attacking Kingston’s “22 years of liberal spending” and calling for change in Washington.
LA-SEN (LANDRIEU): Sen. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuFive unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist Trump’s implosion could cost GOP in Louisiana Senate race MORE (D-La.) beat out her main GOP challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), in second-quarter fundraising, bringing in $2.1 million to the congressman’s $1.6 million. Landrieu finished the second quarter with $6.2 million in the bank after her strongest fundraising quarter, despite spending $3.39 million in the same period. Cassidy reported $5.8 million cash on hand at the end of June.
KY-SEN (MCCONNELL): Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes raked in more than $4 million during the second quarter of this year, besting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who raised $3.1 million. Grimes still lags in cash on hand, though, ending the quarter with $6.2 million compared to McConnell’s $9.8 million in the bank.
Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a group backing McConnell, launched a new ad Tuesday praising McConnell for “working to help create jobs” and “leading the fight for the Saving Coal Jobs Act, to stop Obama’s war on our way of life.” The 30-second spot, technically an issue advocacy ad rather than an election ad, is backed by a $719,000 week-long buy.
Meanwhile, Represent.us, a group pushing campaign finance reform, has raised $20,000 for a satirical Senate “candidate” to rent a campaign bus to tour throughout the state and “campaign” for Senate in Kentucky. Gil Fulbright, played by an actor, “will be driving home one core message: America's political system has been corrupted by money and must be fixed,” a spokesman said.
IA-SEN (OPEN): The Senate Majority PAC released an ad tying Iowa Senate nominee Joni Ernst (R) to the billionaire Koch brothers.
MT-SEN (WALSH): Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) outraised Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) in the last fundraising quarter. Daines brought in $1.4 million and has $1.7 million in the bank, while Walsh brought in $1.25 million and has $700,000 left.
VA-SEN (WARNER): Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerLive coverage: Trump budget chief faces two Senate panels Obama's last law: Talent Act will enhance government efficiency GOP, Dems hear different things from Trump MORE (D-Va.) bested former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gilespie (R) in fundraising this quarter. Warner raised $2.7 million, while Gillespie raised $1.9 million in the last quarter and has $3.1 million cash on hand. Warner didn’t announce how much he has in the bank.
KS-SEN (ROBERTS): The Tea Party Patriots endorsed Sen. Pat RobertsPat RobertsOvernight Finance: Scoop – Trump team eyes dramatic spending cuts | Treasury pick survives stormy hearing Hearing derailed after senator suggests colleague needs Valium Live coverage: Senators grill Trump's Treasury pick MORE’s (R-Kan.) primary challenger, radiologist Milton Wolf. “Dr. Milton Wolf embodies the values of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future,” TPP Chairman Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement. “He’s the right conservative candidate at the right time to tell the Establishment, ‘The Obama agenda stops here, and it stops now.’ ” Roberts, however, looks well-poised for reelection.
TN-SEN (ALEXANDER): Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderGillibrand to oppose DeVos for Education secretary Sanders set for clash with Trump’s budget pick HELP Committee won't hold second hearing for DeVos MORE (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday launched a stand-alone website and Web ad touting his opposition to ObamaCare and directing voters to their polling place, as early voting begins in his state. His primary challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr, is due to get a boost from conservative talk-radio host Laura Ingraham in the final stretch, who will head to the state next week to campaign for him.
BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE
DCCC/NRCC: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee beat out its Republican rival in second-quarter fundraising by $5.6 million, totaling $25.3 million in funds compared with the National Republican Congressional Committee’s $19.7 million. The DCCC continues to hold a cash-on-hand advantage as well, with $50.9 million, while the RCCC ends the quarter with $42.5 million.
NC-2 (ELLMERS): “American Idol” runner-up and Democratic candidate Clay Aiken reported raising $450,000 in second-quarter fundraising, topping Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), who brought in $396,000 this quarter. Aiken did not release how much cash he has on hand, but Ellmers finished the second quarter with $405,000 in the bank.
WV-2 (OPEN): Republican candidate Alex Mooney picked up the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Tuesday in his battle against Democrat Nick Casey to replace Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoGOP senators: Give states the option of keeping ObamaCare Five takeaways from Pruitt's EPA hearing Last Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ MORE (R-W.Va.).
MN-8 (NOLAN): Stewart Mills, the GOP challenger to Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), announced raising $338,000 in the second quarter of this year, bringing his overall total funds to almost $1 million. Mills outraised Nolan, who brought in $283,000 this quarter, by $55,000.
CO-6 (COFFMAN): Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) bested Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff in the latest fundraising period, bringing in $405,000 since the primary report compared to Romanoff’s $377,000.
NJ-3 (OPEN): Republican candidate Tom MacArthur ended the second quarter with $1,078,946 cash on hand, a sum that includes $102,621 in contributions and a $1 million candidate loan, his third million-dollar loan to his own campaign. MacArthur’s campaign has spent just over $2 million total through the end of the quarter.
NY-19 (GIBSON): Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) posted his best fundraising quarter yet since first running for Congress, bringing in $819,000 in the second quarter. Gibson’s Democratic challenger, Sean Eldridge, raised $771,000 in total, a sum that includes a personal contribution of $375,000.
NY-11 (GRIMM): Rep. Michael Grimm’s (R-N.Y.) fundraising is falling quickly; the congressman reported raising less than $75,000 in the second quarter and bringing in just $23,000 in the month of June. Grimm, who is facing 20 counts of federal indictments, still has more than $1 million in his campaign war chest, but he owes almost half of that amount in debts.
VA-7 (OPEN): Republican Dave Brat has raked in more than $400,000 since he defeated House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE (R-Va.) in a shocking primary upset. The sum includes contributions from several conservative lawmakers, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Rep. Louie GohmertLouie GohmertSenate panel approves slew of tech bills Gohmert: Dems should be grateful they aren’t being punished for sit-in Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote MORE (R-Texas) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.).
GA-1 (OPEN), GA-11 (OPEN): Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) endorsed Bob Johnson (R) and Barry Loudermilk (R) , running in competitive primaries for retiring Rep. Jack Kingston’s (R-Ga.) and Phil GingreyPhil GingreyBeating the drum on healthcare Former GOP chairman joins K Street Former Rep. Gingrey lands on K Street MORE’s (R-Ga.) seats.
CA-17 (HONDA): Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) outraised general-election opponent Ro Khanna (D) once again, bringing in $525,000 to Khanna’s $338,000, and has $1.1 million in the bank to Khanna’s $870,000. Khanna also has $240,000 in debt from the primary. Khanna had outraised Honda early in the race but the tides have turned in the cash battle.
WARREN: Supporters of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGillibrand to oppose DeVos for Education secretary Critics eye repeal of ObamaCare prescription drug tax Warren backs Carson for HUD secretary MORE (D-Mass.) hoping to entice her to run for president in 2016 launched a website, Ready4Warren.com, on Tuesday and are planning a big push for members at this weekend’s liberal Netroots Nation conference. The group doesn’t have Warren’s blessing, and the senator has repeatedly said she has no interest in the race.
CLINTON: Ready for Hillary announced Tuesday it raised $2.5 million in the second quarter of the year — a 47 percent increase from what it raised in the first quarter.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Elizabeth Warren is to the left of the left of the Democratic party."
—Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanMellman: First things first? Obama makes healthcare plea in handoff letter to Trump Chamber's 'State of American Business' only about Big Business MORE (R-Wis.), campaigning in West Virginia for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), while Warren supported Capito’s opponent, Natalie Tennant, at an event across the state