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FEC Wrap: Friday News Dump Edition

January 27, 2012

Here's your end of day FEC wrap, complete with several news dumps from some campaigns looking to unload some poor figures heading into the weekend:

Senate:

-- Former Rep. Heather Wilson: The Republican Wilson raised an underwhelming $375,000 and finished with $1.1 million in the bank. That's likely better than Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, who has struggled to raise money, but it's a bit behind the pace set by Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich, who pulled in $483,000 raised and banked almost $1.4 million. Wilson's numbers are not disastrous, but they are nothing to write home about, either.

-- Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock: Mourdock has struggled to raise money and the latest report is no exception. He raised just $386,000 and banked $362,000. He had about $291,000 in the bank at the end of the third quarter. Sen. Richard Lugar has $4 million in the bank, so the disparity is glaring. If Mourdock wants to prove his worth to national conservative leaders in the hopes of winning their support. his latest report isn't going to help very much on that front.

-- Former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp: Heitkamp had a good second quarter, raising $500,000 in her first period as a Senate candidate. But she has some catching up to do: Berg finished with over $1 million in the bank at the end of the third quarter.

-- Former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz: Bysiewicz has struggled to raise money throughout her campaign. She announced raising just over $273,000 during the fourth quarter, finishing with $890,000 in the bank. By comparison, Rep. Chris Murphy raised $720,000 and entered 2012 with $2.5 million in the bank.

-- Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer: Fischer is running against Attorney General Jon Bruning and Treasurer Don Stenberg in the GOP race but while the other two announced six-figure hauls, Fischer raised just under $67,000. She does, however, notably have more money in the bank than does Stenberg.

House:

-- The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $2.7 million in December, finishing the year with $54.1 million raised and $15.2 million cash on hand. That puts the NRCC on a stronger footing than at this time two years ago. But the GOP is in the majority now, and the majority House campaign committee has outraised the minority by about $20 million each of the last three cycles. This year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $61.5 million, over $7 million more than the NRCC. The NRCC has a cash on hand advantage (the DCCC has $11.6 million in the bank), but the off-year fundraising is a small victory for the DCCC. It's also a reminder of the value holding the White House has across the Democratic Party.

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