House candidates from both parties on Thursday posted big fundraising numbers for the first quarter of the 2012:
- Republican Richard Tisei, who is challenging Democratic Rep. John Tierney in Massachusetts, raised $350,000 and has more than $450,000 in the bank. Tierney hasn't released his numbers, but had almost $550,000 in the bank at the end of 2011.
- Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel (D) raised $400,000, bringing her total for the campaign to $1.8 million. That's more than she raised last quarter, but less than she raised in the third quarter of 2011. Frankel will face former state Senate Majority Leader Adam Hasner (R) in the seat currently held by Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.). (West is running for reelection in a different district.)
- Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) raised $532,000 for his reelection campaign, the Denver Post reported. He has almost $1.4 million saved up for his fight against Democrat Joe Miklosi.
- Democrat Ron Barber raised almost $550,000 for his special-election campaign to replace his former boss, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). Barber's haul came in just the seven weeks since he announced his campaign and was reflected in a pre-primary report rather than a traditional quarterly report. Two of the four Republicans vying for the seat announced hauls less than half of what Barber raised.
- California Democrat Julia Brownley will post $280,000 in her first fundraising report and has $250,000 in the bank. Brownley is running in a Democrat-friendly district in Florida left open by the retirment of Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.).
- In Michigan, Democrat Trevor Thomas in Michigan raised just over $100,000 in his first quarter of his House campaign, which he announced on Feb. 13. Thomas has $85,000 on hand for his bid to unseat Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.).
- In Senate races, Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) raised $1 million in his first full quarter in the Senate race to unseat Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Mack is expected to out-raise his GOP primary opponent, former Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.), who hasn't released his numbers yet. But the real figure for Mack to watch will be what Nelson raised. The two-term senator had $8.5 million in the bank at the end of 2011.