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Top 10 House Fundraising Flops

Incumbent Rep. Paul Kanjorski, left, and Republican candidate for Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District, Lou Barletta comment during a televised debate on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 in Pittston, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)  (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)

October 17, 2011
5 . North Carolina Democrats. After Republican-controlled redistricting, Democrats in North Carolina's House delegation are looking more like an endangered species - and their fundraising has dried up since the new maps were announced. Rep. Heath Shuler, raised only $87,000 - less than the total of a leading GOP challenger, Jeff Hunt, in just six weeks. Rep. Larry Kissell, a notoriously slow fundraiser, raised just $168,000 this period. And Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., is going to need more than the $92,000 he raised - whether it's for running in a newly-drawn solidly-Republican seat (where GOP recruits are raising money) or in a primary against Rep. David Price. Price didn't do much better than Miller in his own tally, bringing in just $121,000. The one semi-solid fundraiser of the bunch: Rep. Mike McIntyre, who raised $232,000 - even though he barely outdistanced a GOP opponent, state senator David Rouzer, who brought in $205,000 in just six weeks. 6. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y. The GOP freshman has always been an underwhelming fundraiser, but now she faces a rematch against the congressman she defeated in 2010, former Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., and she's certainly not safe in redistricting, either. Buerkle raised only $89,000, while Maffei more than doubled that, with over $200,000. 7. Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif.: The House Rules Committee chairman was left without any good options after California's independent redistricting commission dismantled his district, and he's maintained he's not headed for the exits. Still, his fundraising reports have been dismal this year. He raised only $43,000 the past three months--roughly the same amount he raised in the second quarter, too. 8. New Hampshire Republicans. For a state where Republicans have been making a comeback, the state's two congressmen haven't been able to capitalize on that momentum. Rep. Charles Bass, R-N.H., underwhelmed, raising only $147,000 - less than half of what his Democratic opponent, Ann McLane Kuster, brought in. And Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H, did even worse, raising just $138,000, though he outpaced his Democratic challengers, including former Rep. Carol Shea Porter, D-N.H. 9. Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif. Richardson, who has come under fire over alleged ethical lapses, now faces a primary with new Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., and Assemblyman Isadore Hall. But Richardson doesn't look prepared for a tough campaign. Richardson only brought in a paltry $72,000 and has just $116,000 in the bank. Fresh off her July special election victory, Hahn raised $139,000 and Hall outraised Richardson too, bringing in $158,000. 10.Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah: Matheson is being touted as a possible Senate candidate, but his mediocre fundraising isn't even strong for a representative preparing for a competitive re-election. He raised only $164,000 last quarter - down from $215,000 in the last period. He has a half-million in the bank, but will have to pick up his pace significantly if he harbors statewide ambitions. Honorable mention: Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. ($137,000), Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., ($137,000), Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla. ($146,000), Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif. ($23,000); Brad Sherman ($174,000). CORRECTION: Price raised $121,000 for the quarter. A previous version of the story misreported Price's third-quarter tally.
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