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 HaganWarning signs flash for Tillis in North Carolina Tillis trails Democratic challenger by 7 points in North Carolina poll North Carolina businessman will challenge Tillis in GOP primary 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 MerkleyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick Democratic senators condemn Trump for calling on China to investigate Bidens 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 CornynTrump slams 'very dumb' O'Rourke for proposals on guns, tax exempt status for churches GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Succession at DHS up in the air as Trump set to nominate new head 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 CollinsOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes 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 RobertsJeffress dismisses evangelical opposition to Trump's Syria decision: Not one will 'switch their vote' Overnight Defense: Trump defends Turkey amid fierce criticism | Senators demand briefing on Syria decision | Turkey confirms strikes on Syrian border | White House says it won't cooperate on impeachment inquiry Pat Robertson 'absolutely appalled' by Trump's Syria announcement 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 InhofeTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump declares 'case closed' as text messages raise new questions MORE (R).

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

Sen. Tim JohnsonTimothy (Tim) Peter JohnsonTrump faces tough path to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac overhaul Several hurt when truck runs into minimum wage protesters in Michigan Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation 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 Kirk10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable GOP senator says he doesn't remember signing 2016 letter urging 'reform' of Ukraine prosecutor's office The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation 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 KerryOvernight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate John Kerry calls out lack of climate questions at debate Democrats' debate divisions open the race to new (or old) faces 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 confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick Commerce Department to develop stats on income inequality Senators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games 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 BarlettaEx-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs Head of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 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.