Dems Top GOP in Midterm Fundraising 10/16 06:11
Democrats lead Republicans in the money race in many of the key Senate and
House campaigns three weeks ahead of midterm elections that will determine
control of Congress.
(AP) -- Democrats lead Republicans in the money race in many of the key
Senate and House campaigns three weeks ahead of midterm elections that will
determine control of Congress.
Although the Senate map positions Republicans to maintain their narrow
majority, some of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents continued to rake
in cash in the third quarter of 2018, according to the latest campaign finance
disclosures. Among House candidates, the Democrats' campaign arm says that at
least 60 Democrats topped $1 million in fundraising during the quarter, with
several posting eye-popping hauls in excess of $2 million and even $3 million.
And national Democrats say that includes many challengers outraising
Candidates, party committees and some political action committees were
continuing to submit their latest reports to the Federal Election Commission
ahead of a midnight deadline Monday.
Democrats' money advantage has been fueled this campaign cycle by individual
donors, particularly small donors.
ActBlue, an online portal that allows donors to send campaign cash to
candidates across the country, says it raised about $385 million in the third
quarter, with an average contribution of $49. ActBlue's proliferation over the
course of this cycle has helped counter the long-standing Republican advantage
among PACs fueled by billionaire donors, such as casino magnate Sheldon
Adelson's eight-figure support for the Congressional Leadership Fund that
Speaker Paul Ryan is using as his principal means of trying to preserve the
GOP's House majority.
Of course, Republicans still boast a notable small-donor fundraiser of their
own: President Donald Trump.
The president reported $4.5 million in individual contributions between July
1 and Sept. 30 of this year, with $2.9 million of that from small-dollar
donations that don't have to be disclosed individually. Trump's re-election
campaign said in a statement that his overall fundraising activity for the
quarter was $18 million, including the money the president raises along with
the Republican National Committee for other GOP candidates running this year.
Republicans are hoping to use Trump's popularity in certain states to
increase their Senate majority, yet Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of
Missouri and Jon Tester of Montana both continue to dominate their GOP
opponents in fundraising.
McCaskill reported $7 million in net contributions that includes $4.6
million in itemized individual contributions and an additional $2.18 million
from nonitemized, small-dollar contributors. Republican Josh Hawley's campaign
says he took in $3.4 million, with the breakdown of that haul not immediately
In Montana, Tester raised $3.75 million in the latest period, compared to
$1.7 million for Republican challenger Matt Rosendale. Tester reported $3.47
million in individual contributions to Rosendale's $1.58 million. And the
incumbent's small-dollar haul was more than three times his challenger's:
$918,000 to $265,000.
Texas Democratic Senate nominee Beto O'Rourke set perhaps the most notable
mark of the fundraising period, pulling in $38 million for the quarter, more
than tripling that of Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. But underscoring
Democrats' challenging path to a Senate majority, polls show Cruz with a
consistent lead nearing double digits.