House, Senate fundraising on rise in third quarter, early reports show

House and Senate candidates around the country posted their biggest numbers of the cycle in the third quarter, according to figures that came in prior to Wednesday’s Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing deadline.

The biggest early winners appeared to be Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) and Minnesota House candidate Ashwin Madia (D).


Madia had one of the top quarters of the cycle for a House candidate, whether incumbent or challenger, raising nearly $1 million for his campaign in retiring Rep. Jim Ramstad’s (R-Minn.) swing district.

The big quarter means Madia, who surprised many by beating the establishment candidate for his state party’s endorsement, nearly doubled his total raised for the cycle.

Meanwhile, Dole’s campaign said Tuesday that she raised more than $3 million in the third quarter — about $1 million more than she raised in the second quarter.

The favorite daughter of North Carolina, who finds herself trailing in most polling against state Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's job approval erodes among groups that powered his 2016 victory MORE (D), will also partially self-fund her campaign, her campaign said Tuesday. But spokesman Dan McLagan said no self-funding will show up in the third-quarter report, which runs through Sept. 30, and would not characterize her contributions or potential contributions.

Candidates no longer have to disclose self-funding instantaneously, after the Supreme Court overturned the Millionaire’s Amendment earlier this year.

Campaigns still had 24 hours to file the quarterly reports by the end of the day Tuesday.

In other Senate races, Oregon House Speaker Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Merkley, Sanders introduce bill limiting corporate facial recognition MORE and Texas state Rep. Rick Noriega topped their previous quarters as well, while Rep. Tom Allen (D-Maine) came up just shy of matching his second-quarter total.

Merkley, who has relied heavily on the national party in his race against Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), pulled in more than $2 million, his campaign said.

The campaign of Noriega, a long shot against Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSkepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal Republicans uncomfortably playing defense Negotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts MORE (R-Texas), raised $1 million, while Cornyn raised $1.9 million and banked $7.2 million for the final month-plus of the campaign.

Allen, who is trying to gain traction in a top-targeted race against Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus New polls show tight races for Graham, McConnell McConnell goes hands-off on coronavirus relief bill MORE (R-Maine), raised slightly less than the $1 million he pulled in during the second quarter. Collins raised just more than $1 million and banked $3.3 million.

Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsMcConnell goes hands-off on coronavirus relief bill The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Virus bill unlikely to pass this week MORE (R-Kan.) raised $950,000 for his reelection campaign against former Rep. Jim Slattery (D), while Oklahoma state Sen. Andrew Rice (D) pulled in a cycle-high $900,000 for an uphill battle against Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeSenate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection MORE (R).

Inhofe also raised $900,000 for the quarter. He had $2 million on hand.

Sen. Tim JohnsonTimothy (Tim) Peter JohnsonCornell to launch new bipartisan publication led by former Rep. Steve Israel Trump faces tough path to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac overhaul Several hurt when truck runs into minimum wage protesters in Michigan MORE (D-S.D.), who appears primed for a return to the Senate less than two years after suffering a brain aneurysm, raised $500,000 and banked $1.6 million.

{mospagebreak}In a House race that spends more like a Senate race, Rep. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkLiberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump Biden campaign releases video to explain 'what really happened in Ukraine' MORE (R-Ill.) raised $850,000 to Democrat Dan Seals’s $700,000. Kirk is one of only a few Republicans representing a district carried by Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryThe Memo: Biden faces balancing act Budowsky: Trump October surprise could devastate GOP Hillicon Valley: Democrats request counterintelligence briefing | New pressure for election funding | Republicans urge retaliation against Chinese hackers MORE (D-Mass.) in 2004.

Also turning in big quarters in the House were Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.), and Democrats Jim Himes, Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic OVERNIGHT ENERGY: 20 states sue over Trump rule limiting states from blocking pipeline projects | House Democrats add 'forever chemicals' provisions to defense bill after spiking big amendment | Lawmakers seek extension for tribes to spend stimulus money Lawmakers seek extension for tribes to spend stimulus money following Treasury delays MORE, Harry Teague and Gary Peters.


Hayes, who is looking to fend off Democrat Larry Kissell for the second straight cycle after a near-miss in 2006, raised $670,000 and had $1.1 million in the bank against Kissell, who has struggled with money and raised just $620,000 total through June 30.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has spent more than $900,000 to even the playing field against Hayes.

Himes, who is hoping to be the one to finally knock off Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), pulled in $800,000, while New Mexico 1st district candidate Heinrich raised $750,000.

In another New Mexico race, Teague’s third-quarter report showed a $500,000 loan to his campaign. Teague also raised $650,000 and spent nearly all $1.1 million of it. He had $150,000 on hand at the end of the quarter.

Peters raised $650,000 in about 75 days for his campaign against Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.), according to the Detroit News. Michigan’s reporting periods are slightly shorter due to an early August primary date.

A top GOP challenger, Kansas Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, raised $640,000 over two and a half months and had $550,000 on hand against freshman Rep. Nancy Boyda (D).

Against Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.), top GOP hope Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaBottom Line Ex-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs Head of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts MORE pulled in $400,000 and banked $250,000.
Also in Pennsylvania, freshman Rep. Jason Altmire (D) raised $510,000 and banked $1.2 million for his rematch with former Rep. Melissa Hart (R).

In another rematch, former Rep. Mike Sodrel (R-Ind.) had a relatively weak quarter against Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.), raising just $180,000 and banking $260,000.

Sodrel, who raised $2 million at this point as an incumbent last cycle, has raised just $800,000 this cycle.

Though he has self-funded in past races, spokesman Ryan Reger said he has not done so this cycle.