Fundraising success gives Senate Dems financial leg up in 2014

Senate Democrats kept up their brisk fundraising pace in the second quarter, putting themselves in a strong financial position as they head into 2014.

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Several Democrats facing potentially tough reelection battles have raised more than $1 million in the last three months.

They include Sens. Kay HaganKay Hagan10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 Senate Republicans are feeling the 'Trump effect' Washington's lobby firms riding high MORE (D-N.C.) and Al FrankenAl FrankenDems press ITT Tech to give students right to sue Consumer internet privacy: Leaving the back door unlocked Senators unveil bill to overhaul apprenticeship programs MORE (D-Minn.), both of whom brought in around $2 million.

Others topping the $1 million mark include Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat MORE (D-La.), who brought in $1.7 million, Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerNo time to relax: A digital security commission for the next generation Army posthumously awards female veteran who served as WWII spy The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Va.), who raised $1.4 million, Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallEnergy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium Two vulnerable senators lack challengers for 2016 MORE (D-Colo.), who raised $1.3 million, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenSenate fight brews over Afghan visas Senators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Overnight Defense: Pentagon denies troops on Syrian front lines | Senators push for more Afghan visas MORE (D-N.H.) who raised $1.2 million.

Democratsic candidates making first-time Senate bids posted big numbers as well. Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce BraleyGOP group enlists public with opposition research app 10 rising stars in the energy and environment world DC delegate plans to confront GOP lawmaker calling for Washington recession MORE (D-Iowa) brought in $1.25 million while Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) raised $1 million. Both are expected to be their party’s nominees.

Sens. Mark BegichMark BegichEx-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium Dem ex-lawmakers defend Schumer on Iran MORE (D-Alaska) and Mark PryorMark PryorEx-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood Ex-Sen. Landrieu joins law and lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.), two of the GOP’s top targets along with Landrieu and Hagan, have yet to report their fundraising totals.

Campaigns often delay reporting their quarterly fundraising numbers if they’re not very strong, but Begich waited until the last minute in the first three months of 2013, and still raised a respectable $950,000. 

It would be surprising if Pryor matches the $2 million haul he managed last quarter, as that was aided by a $1 million fundraiser with former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonDems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals Clinton's ace in the hole: Obama Eric Trump: Clinton 'filled with scandal' MORE.

The other candidates’ quarters put them in solid financial shape. 

Landrieu now has $4.9 million in the bank, while Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has $3.2 million cash on hand after a strong $1.1 million quarter. 

Franken now has $3 million in the bank — money that will come in handy, as his most likely opponent, businessman Mike McFadden (R), raised $700,000 in the first month of the campaign alone.

Some Republicans posted strong numbers as well. 

But in many states they’re starting off in a big hole against the Democrats they hope to topple.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellHillary's ObamaCare problem In House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable McConnell: Trump White House will have ‘constraints’ MORE (R-Ky.) leads his party with a $2.2 million quarter and a whopping $9.6 million in the bank, a huge head start against his newly announced opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

Iowa’s crowded GOP field has recently developed, and none of the candidates have had a full quarter to fundraise at this point. 

David Young (R), a former chief of staff for Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate fight brews over Afghan visas Clinton email headache is about to get worse Ten senators ask FCC to delay box plan MORE (R-Iowa), brought in $150,000 in his first month in the race, while former Iowa U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker (R) raised $100,000 in the first two months of his campaign.

Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who’s considering a run for Montana’s open Senate seat, raised $430,000. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), one of the three congressmen running for the Senate in Georgia, brought in $800,000.


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