Battleground candidates attract most of the attention when FEC filing time rolls around, but make sure to check out House Majority Whip-elect Steve Scalise‘s latest report, which details the path to power inside the Capitol. — Scalise raised and spent more money in the second quarter, around $350,000 each, than in any quarter since 2008, the year of his first election to Congress. Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sparked the flow of money with his June 10 primary loss; after that, Scalise’s campaign committee went into action as part of his leadership campaign. — Scalise’s campaign committee gave $30,000 to 14 different Republican members, including Cantor, after Cantor’s loss, and Scalise spent a comparable sum on dinner meetings in that time. The souvenir baseball bats Scalise gave his campaign team also appear in the FEC report. But the really interesting relation between Scalise’s campaign account and leadership race comes on the fundraising side, not the spending side. — Over $122,000 came into Scalise’s campaign account from 64 different PACs on the last day of the second quarter, after Scalise had secured the whip position. Around than 20 of them had never before given to Scalise during his three-plus terms in Congress. We’re betting that we’ll see plenty more groups join those new friends in the next FEC report from July through September, Scalise’s first full quarter as an incoming member of GOP leadership and then, after July 31, the majority whip himself.— Scott Bland
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misidentified PACs that had previously given to Scalise.
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