A quartet of Democrats who posted strong fundraising quarters released their numbers this afternoon:
• Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) brought in $1.5 million, continuing her strong fundraising. She now has more than $7 million in the bank and is looking strong against former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), who has yet to release his numbers.
• Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) greatly improved her fundraising this quarter with more than $500,000 raised. That followed two relatively weak quarters and puts her on steadier footing against former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado (R), who has had steady fundraising quarters in the newly drawn swing district. She now has $1.3 million in the bank. Maldonado has yet to release his fundraising totals.
• Michigan state Rep. Steve Pestka (D) raised $220,000 including a $90,000 personal loan in the first month of his campaign, a strong early posting that shows he could be a real threat to freshman Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) in a Republican-leaning district. Amash has yet to release his numbers.
• Arizona Democrat Andrei Cherney raised $430,000 in the first seven weeks of his campaign and has nearly $400,000 in the bank, a quick start for the candidate running in a swing district with a crowded Democratic field.