House Dems, Senate GOP build money edge to protect majorities

House Dems, Senate GOP build money edge to protect majorities

The most junior members of the new House Democratic majority spent the last three months building monster campaign accounts to protect their seats, while almost every senator up for reelection padded their early advantage over rivals from the other side.

Campaign fundraising reports filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission show the 44 Democrats who captured Republican-held seats in 2018 raised a collective $22.5 million, more than every Democratic presidential candidate except South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSaagar Enjeti says Buttigieg's release of McKinsey client list shows he 'caved to public pressure' Biden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director Trump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin: poll MORE.


Thirteen of those freshmen ended the month of June with more than $1 million in the bank, a significant amount of money for such junior members.

Thirty-three of the 36 incumbent Democrats that the party’s campaign committee sees as potentially vulnerable next year raised more than the Republican incumbent who held that seat in the comparable quarter two years ago.

At the front of the pack are several members from California, where Democrats captured seven Republican-held seats last year. Rep. Katie Porter (D) raised more than $1 million in the last quarter, more than any other freshman, while Reps. Josh Harder (D), Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaDemocrats reach cusp of impeachment Overnight Energy: Dems unveil first bill toward goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 | Oversight panel asks EPA for plans on 'forever chemicals' | EPA finalizes rule easing chemical plant safety regulations Oversight Democrats ask EPA to turn over plans for regulating toxic 'forever chemicals' MORE (D) and Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillSanders endorses Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur for Katie Hill's former House seat Pelosi endorses Christy Smith in bid to replace Katie Hill Katie Hill pens op-ed about Congress resignation, toxic marriage, mental health and resilience MORE (D) all ended the quarter with seven-figure bank balances.

Other Democratic freshmen with more than a million in the bank include Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.), who won a Republican-held open seat by less than 2 percentage points; New Jersey Reps. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiVulnerable Democrats feel heat ahead of impeachment vote Democrats reach cusp of impeachment Pelosi's whiplash moment brings praise and criticism MORE and Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillHillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Bipartisan bill to secure election tech advances to House floor Our commitment to veterans can help us lead for all Americans MORE; Michigan Reps. Haley StevensHaley Maria StevensVulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Vulnerable Democrats feel heat ahead of impeachment vote Russian judge orders ex-Marine to be detained through December on espionage charges MORE and Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinVulnerable Democrats feel heat ahead of impeachment vote Pelosi's whiplash moment brings praise and criticism Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA MORE and New York Reps. Max RoseMax RoseTrump signs executive order combating anti-Semitism on campuses 'Minor league cities' need new federal partnership Hillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills MORE and Antonio DelgadoAntonio Ramon DelgadoPowerful House panel to hold 'Medicare for All' hearing next week Overnight Health Care: Democratic group to only endorse AG candidates who back abortion rights | Protect Our Care launches seven-figure ad buy to boost vulnerable Dems | California sues Juul Group launches seven-figure ad buy boosting vulnerable Democrats on drug prices MORE.

All told, the 44 Democratic freshmen are sitting on stockpiles that total $36 million.

In the Senate, only one incumbent — Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyWhite House makes push for paid family leave and child care reform The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Ariz.) — raised less money than her likely general election opponent, retired astronaut Mark Kelly (D), who pulled in $4.2 million.

But, in a testament to Kelly’s fundraising prowess and to McSally’s own skills, the freshman Republican raised more money in the last quarter, $3 million, than any other incumbent senator, including both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial McConnell: I doubt any GOP senator will vote to impeach Trump McConnell says he'll be in 'total coordination' with White House on impeachment trial strategy MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynOn The Money: Lawmakers strike spending deal | US, China reach limited trade deal ahead of tariff deadline | Lighthizer fails to quell GOP angst over new NAFTA Senate Republicans air complaints to Trump administration on trade deal Lighthizer fails to quell GOP angst on trade deal MORE (R-Texas).

Cornyn has more money in the bank, $9 million, than any other senator seeking reelection this year, trailed closely by McConnell, with just under $7.9 million on hand.

On the other side of the aisle, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) leads the way with $4.2 million on hand, after he pulled in $1.8 million in the last quarter. Jones, seeking reelection in a state President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE won by 28 percentage points, is the most vulnerable member up for reelection next year.

Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Senators sound alarm on dangers of ransomware attacks after briefing GOP set for all-out battle over Michigan Senate seat MORE (D-Mich.) raised $2.2 million in the last quarter and ended with $4.7 million in the bank. His likely rival, 2018 candidate John James (R), pulled in $1.5 million in his first quarter in the race.

Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices | Senate confirms Trump FDA pick | Trump officials approve Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina Senate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA Senate panel advances Turkey sanctions bill despite Trump objections MORE (D-N.H.) ended the quarter with almost $2.9 million on hand. Retired Army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, the GOP’s preferred candidate, entered the race just days before the end of the quarter and has not reported his fundraising yet.

Republicans hold a 53-47 seat edge in the Senate, and the GOP is defending 22 of the 34 seats up for election this year. Many Democratic challengers have only just begun to campaign and raise money seriously, setting them well behind the incumbents they will challenge.

In Iowa, businesswoman Theresa Greenfield (D) pulled in $625,000 in the month between her formal decision to challenge Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstWhite House makes push for paid family leave and child care reform Houston police chief stands by criticism of McConnell, Cruz, Cornyn: 'This is not political' Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R) and the end of the quarter. She ended with about $600,000 in the bank, less than a fifth of the $3.4 million Ernst has on hand.

In Maine, state House Speaker Sara Gideon (D) announced her campaign after the end of the quarter, though her campaign said it had pulled in $1 million in its first 10 days. She has work to do to catch up to Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial McConnell: I doubt any GOP senator will vote to impeach Trump Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R), who is sitting on a $5.4 million campaign account.

And in Colorado, Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play Republicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial MORE (R) raised $2 million and sits on $4.9 million. The Democrats running against him combined to raise more than the incumbent Republican, but they will spend much of that money on next year’s June 30 primary. A dozen candidates are already running for the right to face Gardner, and at least one other prominent candidate is considering entering the race.

Republican Party committees hold a financial advantage so far this year, entirely thanks to the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) strong fundraising performance ahead of Trump’s reelection bid. The RNC had $37 million in the bank at the end of May, the latest figures available. The Democratic National Committee has just $8.2 million on hand, and nearly $6 million in remaining debt.

The National Republican Congressional Committee held $20 million in reserves, slightly more than the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s $17 million. And the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) had $13 million on hand, more than the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) $11.2 million. The NRSC still owes vendors $6 million, while the DSCC owes debts of $16.9 million.

The party committees must report their fundraising results each month. The reports for June are due at the weekend.