Sen. Hatch raises $1.3M in second quarter

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) raised $1.3 million in the second quarter ahead of a bumpy primary and general-election cycle.

Hatch's campaign reported having $3.4 million cash on hand at the end of June, a sum meant to carry him through a potentially bruising primary battle against Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

Hatch has been aggressive in raising money and courting conservatives ahead of the battle against Chaffetz, who hasn't reported his quarterly fundraising figures as of yet. The congressman said earlier today that he's "very much leaning" toward challenging Hatch.

The sum is a respectable haul for Hatch, a veteran Republican senator. But his numbers will be ultimately measured against Chaffetz, as well as Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), who's mulling his own general election challenge to Hatch — or, as the case may be, Chaffetz.

Matheson also has yet to release his quarterly numbers.


Former Sen. Allen raises $1.1M in second quarter

Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) raised $1.1 million in the second quarter in his bid to reclaim his Senate seat.

He's raised about $2.6 million, year to date, for his high-profile Senate race against Tim Kaine, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and a former Virginia governor.

Kaine raised $2.25 million in the second quarter, which gave him an early boost in the money race. (Unlike Kaine, Allen launched his campaign in the first quarter, giving him lead time to raise money.)

Allen's campaign attributed Kaine's strong numbers to his experience as DNC chairman.

"Chairman Kaine, as former DNC chair, we all expected him to pull in a tremendous amount of money," said an Allen campaign official. "His past job was basically being the fundraiser for the entire Democrat party the last two years. The fact that he was able to raise money was no surprise to us."

Allen will report having about $1.65 million cash on hand when he files with the Federal Election Commission; Kaine's campaign is expected to report between $1.75 million and $1.8 million when it makes its final filing.

The campaign is already hotly contested. According to a late June Quinnipiac poll, Kaine and Allen are neck-and-neck in the high-profile match-up. If the election were held today, Kaine would get 43 percent and Allen would get 42 percent.


GOP seeks cash off Dems' meeting with Van Jones

Republicans sought campaign cash on Tuesday after President Obama's former green jobs czar spoke to House Democrats.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) sought to dredge up the specter of Jones, who resigned from a position as an environmental adviser in the Obama administration after withering attacks from Republicans in Congress.

"I needed to make sure you were aware of Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats’ meeting with disgraced, former Obama Czar, Van Jones," wrote NRCC executive director Guy Harrison wrote in an email.

Jones submitted his resignation after becoming somewhat of a pariah of conservatives, who seized on some of his past statements that appeared to blame the U.S. for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, or invoked racial strife.

Republicans were back at it on Tuesday, reminding supporters in an email of the specter of Jones.

"These views are unacceptable in Washington, or anywhere else for that matter — so why are Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrat Caucus seeking out Jones' counsel?" Harrison wrote. "They say a person can be judged by the company they keep and that holds true for the Democrat caucus as well."


James Carville makes last-minute fundraising plea for Senate Dems

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has sent out fundraising emails from individual senators for the past several days, capping off Thursday's deadline with a plea from Democratic strategist James Carville.

Carville's pitch centered on American Crossroads's recent ad buy and specifically mentioned one of the conservative outside spending group's founders -- former Bush strategist Karl Rove.

"Your decision right now … determines whether we have the money to invest in key races. If we meet our goals, we can hold the Senate and stop their sick Republican agenda. But if Rove wins, you got Big Oil writing energy policy, Big Insurance handling your health care, and you can kiss Medicare goodbye. Your choice, folks. You know what you need to do," Carville wrote.

Thursday at midnight marks the end of second-quarter fundraising. Both parties, their campaign committees and various candidates are in last-minute pushes to stock up their war chests before the deadline.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) sent out an email on behalf of the DSCC on Wednesday, the final senator in a long line of a Democrats who had send out fundraising pitches. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), and John Kerry (D-Mass.) were among those making the plea for funds.

Democrats are trying to retain control of the upper chamber next year given that Republicans only need a net gain of four seats (if President Obama keeps the White House) to claim the majority. Democrats are defending 23 seats to the GOP’s 10.

In the first quarter, the DSCC beat the National Republican Senatorial Committee by a small margin, $11.6 million to $11.2 million.


Dems tout good turnout for fundraiser with supporters of Israel

Democrats are boasting of a better-than-expected turnout for a fundraiser featuring President Obama and high-profile supporters of Israel.

A Democratic Party official said that there would be 80 people attending the fundraiser Monday night at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C., all of whom paid between $25,000 and $35,800 -- the maximum to both Obama's reelection and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) -- to attend.

That attendance is 50 percent over the goal for tonight's fundraiser, which was organized by several high-profile Jewish Democrats. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the DNC chairwoman who is Jewish, will be in attendance.

The figure is no doubt being promoted in part to quell any notion that Obama is struggling with Jewish supporters because of his stance toward Israel. Some Republican supporters of Israel were unhappy with the president's speech last month outlining criteria for a Mideast peace process, and raised the specter that pro-Israel donors could bolt to support the GOP.