Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., will report raising more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2013, as he continues to mull a bid against Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu next year, according to a release from his campaign. Spokesperson John Cummins declined to release a specific number, citing additional receipts the campaign expects to come in ahead of the April 15 deadline to file with the Federal Election Commission.
"Raising over $500,000 in the first quarter puts my campaign in an extremely strong position," Cassidy said in the release, though he did not specify what he is now in a "strong position" to do. A decision about whether Cassidy will run against Landrieu is still forthcoming, Cummins said.
Landrieu, a three-term incumbent, won both of her reelection campaigns with just 52 percent of the vote, despite the advantage of far out-raising her opponents in the last two cycles -- bringing in more than twice what then-Treasurer John Kennedy was able to raise in 2008, for example. But that may not be the case this time around. Landrieu lead Cassidy by just $500,000 cash-on-hand at the end of 2012, despite bringing in more than three times what she raised during the same period of the 2008 cycle. Landrieu entered 2013 with just over $2.5 million in the bank, while Cassidy's House account topped the $2-million mark.
Still, it is early in the cycle, and Landrieu has been hard at work bringing in cash for her reelection. Vice President Biden made one of his first appearances of the midterm cycle at a New Orleans fundraiser for her campaign in late January.
Representatives for Landrieu and Rep. John Fleming, R-La. -- who is also considering a Senate bid -- declined to release their campaigns' first-quarter fundraising totals on Monday. Official reports for the first quarter of the year, which ran from January 1 to March 31, are due to the Federal Election Commission on April 15.