FEC Wrap: West is Best (Again)
Your day-end wrap of notable Senate/House fundraising news:
-- Florida GOP Rep. Allen West's campaign announced on Monday that he raised more than $1.75 million in the fourth quarter and finished 2011 with over $2.7 million cash on hand. That's going to me among the highest, if not the highest, fourth quarter fundraising total of any House candidate, and it comes on the heels of a third quarter in which West also finished first in the fundraising race with $1.9 million.
That puts his Democratic challengers' totals in perspective a bit. Lois Frankel and Patrick Murphy each raised over $300,000 last quarter, very respectable totals for non-incumbents. But even if they improve the pace, they are more or less guaranteed to be swamped by West in the fundraising race.
A couple of notables from late last week:
-- Sen. Olympia Snowe's, R-Maine, campaign raised over $629,000 in the fourth quarter and finished with $3.4 million in the bank at the end of the year. Snowe has not attracted a GOP priamry opponent that is a major threat yet, and with another solid period in the books, there isn't further financial incentive for one to jump in now.
-- Former Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., raised just $422,000+ in the fourth quarter, which leaves him short of the $1 million year-end goal he set for himself. He has just $316,000 in the bank. That's all troubling enough on its own, but when your primary opponent is someone who spent $50 million on her last Senate race, it's even worse.