Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up

Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up
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Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLouisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in McConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding bill MORE (D-N.Y.) raised more than $11.5 million between April and June as he builds a mammoth $27 million war chest in advance of his bid for a fifth term in office, a haul that surpassed every other senator over the last three months.

But the silver medal goes to an unexpected new star in the Senate Republican Conference: Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Lobbying world As Biden falters, a two-man race for the 2024 GOP nomination begins to take shape MORE (R-S.C.). 

Scott, running for his second term next year, raised $9.6 million — almost $3 million more than he raised and spent in the entire 2014 election cycle, when he won a full term after being appointed to fill a vacancy after his predecessor, Jim DeMint, quit to run the Heritage Foundation. 

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Scott is unlikely to face a significant Democratic challenge six years after he captured 61 percent of the vote, and in a state that former President Trump carried by 12 points in 2020. So his massive haul — and the $14.4 million left in his bank account at the end of June — is likely to set off more speculation that Scott is considering a run for the White House in 2024. 

Quarterly filings made in the last several days with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show a pair of first-term Senate Democrats who must run for reelection next year are also raising significant funds as they prepare to seek full terms in office. 

Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockHerschel Walker will speak at Trump rally in Georgia Democrats push to shield election workers from violent threats   House Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid MORE (D-Ga.) pulled in almost $7.2 million in the last three months and ended with $10.5 million in the bank.  

Warnock, who won office by just over 2 percentage points in one of the two the January runoff elections in Georgia that handed Democrats control of the Senate, faces what is likely to be a crowded set of Republican challengers battling among themselves for the right to take him on next year. 

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black (R) is the only prominent candidate to have announced his campaign, though he did so recently enough that he has not yet had to file papers with the FEC. Several others — Reps. Buddy CarterEarl (Buddy) Leroy CarterTrump endorses Hershel Walker for Georgia Senate seat Herschel Walker's entrance shakes up Georgia Senate race Herschel Walker files paperwork to run for Senate in Georgia MORE (R) and Drew FergusonAnderson (Drew) Drew FergusonSchumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up Families won't be able to afford the basics, here's why Congress needs to fix the broken market for antibiotic development MORE (R), state Sen. Burt Jones (R), House Speaker David Ralston (R) and former Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerWarnock picks up major abortion rights group's endorsement in reelection bid Trump endorses Hershel Walker for Georgia Senate seat Herschel Walker's entrance shakes up Georgia Senate race MORE (R), whom Warnock beat in 2022 — have all considered adding their names to the ballot also.

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But the field is frozen by Trump, whom many Republicans blame for losing the seat in the first place. Trump has openly pushed former NFL running back Herschel Walker, a Texas resident who was a standout at the University of Georgia, to run for the seat. 

In Arizona, Sen. Mark KellyMark KellyOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Afghan evacuation still frustrates Overnight Defense & National Security — Congress begins Afghanistan grilling Businesses want Congress to support safe, quality jobs — so do nearly all Americans MORE (D) has continued his torrid fundraising pace, pulling in $6 million in the last quarter. Kelly has just under $7.6 million in the bank about eight months after beating then-Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Senate passes infrastructure bill, budget resolution; Cuomo resigns Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up GOP group launches million ad campaign pressing Kelly on filibuster MORE (R) by a 2.4 percentage point margin. 

Kelly will face the winner of a crowded Republican primary field dominated by candidates vying for Trump’s attention. Energy executive Jim Lamon (R) has run television advertisements in the New Jersey media market that covers Trump’s Bedminster golf course, while retired state Adjutant Gen. Mick McGuire (R), Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) and venture capitalist Blake Masters (R) vie for attention.

McGuire and Lamon both reported raising about $225,000 from donors in the past three months, though both kicked in money of their own. McGuire loaned his campaign $200,000, while Lamon loaned himself 10 times that amount. Masters only recently announced his campaign, though a supportive super PAC has been seeded with $10 million from his friend and boss Peter Thiel, the tech venture capitalist. 

Brnovich entered the race last month. He will report just under $400,000 on hand, after raising $437,000 in the first days of his campaign.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit Poll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Milley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job MORE (R-Fla.) stood out among senators up for reelection this year, pulling in just over $4 million in the last three months. He ended June with almost $6.3 million in the bank. 

But his most prominent rival, Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemocratic donors hesitant on wading into Florida midterm fights Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms First polls show mixed picture on Rubio-Demings race MORE (D), is quickly catching up. Demings, the former Orlando police chief before winning a seat in Congress, raised just under $4.7 million between April and June, to finish with almost $3.1 million in the bank. That haul made Demings the nonincumbent who raised the most money in the last three months, without counting loans to a candidate’s own campaign. 

Sens. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanOvernight Hillicon Valley — Majority supports national data privacy standards, poll finds Senator calls on agencies to take action to prevent criminal cryptocurrency use Trump praises NH Senate candidate as Sununu weighs own bid MORE (D-N.H.) and John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) each raised more than $3 million in the last month, though Hassan is likely to face a much more difficult race for reelection in a swing state than Kennedy will in ruby-red Louisiana. 

New Hampshire Gov. Chris SununuChris SununuTrump praises NH Senate candidate as Sununu weighs own bid Hassan launches first ad of reelection bid focusing on veterans' issues White House welcomes fight with GOP governors over vaccine mandates MORE (R) continues to consider running against Hassan, though the incumbent has stockpiled a $6.5 million bank account.

Sens. Alex PadillaAlex PadillaDHS secretary condemns treatment of Haitian migrants but says US will ramp up deportations Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Democrats revive filibuster fight over voting rights bill MORE (D-Calif.), Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee Top Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan MORE (D-Ill.), Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungHow to fix the semiconductor chip shortage (it's more than manufacturing) Senate Democrats try to defuse GOP budget drama The 19 GOP senators who voted for the T infrastructure bill MORE (R-Ind.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 White House debates vaccines for air travel Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken MORE (R-Ky.), Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Top Hispanic group endorses Cortez Masto for reelection Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan MORE (D-Nev.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayFaith leaders call on Congress to lead the response to a global pandemic Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan Support the budget resolution to ensure a critical investment in child care MORE (D-Wash.) all raised more than $2 million in the last quarter. 

Duckworth, Young, Paul and Murray are unlikely to face serious challenges in states that are moving more toward their parties in recent years. Padilla’s most significant challenge may come from a fellow Democrat, after he was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by Vice President Harris. 

Cortez Masto may become a Republican target as former Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) considers a comeback bid after he lost a run for governor in 2018.

Among nonincumbents running for Senate seats next year, Katie Britt (R), a former aide to retiring Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike MORE (R-Ala.), stands out: She raised more than $2.2 million in just the first three weeks of her race to replace her former boss in Alabama.

But she faces twin challenges as she seeks to introduce herself to voters: One rival, Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksWatchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments Jan. 6 panel seeks records of those involved in 'Stop the Steal' rally Jan. 6 panel to ask for preservation of phone records of GOP lawmakers who participated in Trump rally: report MORE (R), is a weak fundraiser — he hauled in only $824,000 in the last quarter and has $1.7 million on hand — but he enjoys Trump’s support. Another, former Ambassador Lynda Blanchard (R), is all too willing to open her own checkbook; she has $5.2 million in the bank, much of it from her own coffers.

Two candidates running for the retiring Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes NC Republican primary key test of Trump's sway MORE’s (R-N.C.) seat raised about $1.2 million last month, hauls that lead their respective races. 

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Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) raised more than Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddOn The Money — Yellen sounds alarm on national default GOP lawmakers urge Cardona against executive student loan wipeout The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to reboot COVID-19 plan MORE (R), who won Trump’s endorsement last month, though Budd has more in the bank. And former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley (D) raised more than former state Sen. Jeff Jackson (D), who pulled in $719,000, and former state Sen. Erica Smith (D), who raised $113,000. Jackson narrowly led Beasley in the amount of cash he held in reserve.

No candidate running for an open seat raised more than Mike Gibbons, an investment banker who reported raising $6.2 million in the race to replace retiring Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Afghan evacuation still frustrates DHS chief 'horrified' by images at border DHS secretary condemns treatment of Haitian migrants but says US will ramp up deportations MORE (R-Ohio). But more than 90 percent of that money came from Gibbons himself, in the form of a nearly $5.7 million loan to his nascent campaign. 

Another businessman running to replace Portman, Bernie Moreno, hauled in $2.25 million, none of which came from the candidate himself. That put Moreno ahead of former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken, who raised $1.1 million, and former state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R), who reported raising $975,000, among the rest of the Ohio Republican field. 

On the Democratic side, Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanOhio Republican tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Rep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress MORE, the odds-on favorite to win his party’s nomination, is building a bank account set to rival his eventual Republican foe. Ryan raised $3.1 million in the last three months, well over twice the amount he raised for his short-lived presidential campaign in 2016. He ended June with $2.57 million on hand.

In Pennsylvania, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) continues his prodigious fundraising, hauling in $2.5 million in the last three months. He ended the period with more than $3 million in the bank, though that figure suggests his campaign has spent substantially to raise the money he has.  

Two rivals — Montgomery County Commission Chairwoman Val Arkoosh (D) and real estate developer Jeff Bartos (R), who ran for lieutenant governor against Fetterman in 2018 — each raised just more than $1 million in the race to replace retiring Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R). Arkoosh finished June with $632,000 in the bank, while Bartos kept $1.85 million on hand.