The Bottom Line: Joe Wilson Had a Huge Quarter in Fundraising
By Sarah Lovenheim
Announced candidates for federal office had until midnight Thursday to file campaign finance reports for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. While the Federal Election Commission has yet to post all of them, several are already online, revealing how much money the candidates raised during the period and since last year's election cycle.
Perhaps the biggest gainer of the quarter was Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican who shouted "You lie" at President Obama during a joint session of Congress. Wilson brought in nearly $2.7 million through the third quarter -- "nearly all of it coming after the infamous outburst," according to a statement by Wilson's campaign to CNN.
Doing quite well himself was Wilson's likely Democratic opponent in 2010, Rob Miller, who raised $1.7 million in the quarter. Ninety-five of that came in the wake of the "You Lie" incident, according to CNN. Last year, Wilson beat Miller by eight points.
Rep. Alan Grayson, the Florida Democrat who said Republicans' health care proposals amount to sick patients dying quickly, had a decent haul, with $344,000 raised during the quarter. His remark, which infuriated Republicans, came only a day before the end of the reporting period, so it is not entirely clear whether his comments will pay off for him as Wilson's did. But Grayson's office claimed in an e-mail that "an appearance on MSNBC's 'Countdown' resulted in more than $50,000 in just a few hours," according to CBS News's Political Hotsheet.
After the jump is a look at other congressional races of note:
New Mexico: Republican Steve Pearce, bidding to regain his congressional seat from southern New Mexico after losing a Senate race last year, raised an eye-popping half-million dollars. That's twice as much as Democratic Rep. Harry Teague raised in the past quarter. But Teague, a freshman, had more than $750,000 in cash on hand -- "more than any other congressional candidate in the state," according to The Associated Press.
Delaware: Republican Rep. Mike Castle, who just announced a run for the Senate, brought in only $57,000 during the quarter, but he has more than $850,000 in cash on hand. Castle is expected to face Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden (D) in the election for a seat formerly held by Biden's father. National polls show that such a race would be extremely competitive, the Fix reports.
Maryland: Rep. Frank M. Kratovil Jr. (D) was pushed in his third-quarter fundraising by potential Republican challenger Andy Harris. Harris brought in nearly $180,000 to Kratovil's $220,000 in the quarter, but the freshman incumbent's $690,000 in cash on hand is more than double what Harris has.
Idaho: Rep. Walt Minnick, a freshman Democrat from the deep-red state, raised nearly $290,000 in the quarter, giving him more than $600,000 in cash on hand. Republican candidate Vaughn Ward, a former campaign aide to John McCain (R-Ariz.), raised $116,000 and had $178,500 on hand, while Idaho House GOP majority caucus chairman Ken Roberts raised $54,920.
Louisiana: Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, a freshman Republican from the heavily Democratic district of New Orleans, reports raising nearly $385,000 in the third quarter. Yet as Talking Points Memo notes, he's spent nearly all of it, leaving him with about $350,000 cash on hand.
Mississippi: Rep. Travis Childers (D) reports nearly $275,000 in fundraising last quarter. That total was nearly matched by Republican state Sen. Alan Nunnelee, his likely opponent, who raised $220,000 in the third quarter.
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