CA-45: House bubble whistleblower Katie Porter (D) raised more than $310,000 in three months for her bid to unseat Rep. Mimi Walters (R). (Politico)
CA-49: Environmental attorney Mike Levin (D) tweeted that he raised more than $617,000 in fewer than four months, which includes his quarter one fundraising. He raised $334,000 in quarter two in his campaign against Rep. Darrell Issa (R). The average donation was less than $100. (release)
CO-05: State Sen. Owen Hill (R) hauled $225,000 for his primary challenge against Rep. Doug Lamborn (R). He will “report he has $195,000 cash on hand at the end … Of his 359 donors, his campaign said 85 percent are from Colorado, and the rest are mostly members of Hill’s extended family.” (Colorado Politics)
FL-13: Rep. Charlie Crist (D) raised more than $550,000 in the second quarter, “according to a campaign source familiar with the congressman’s fundraising efforts. Crist has more than $1.1 million cash-on-hand for his re-election bid.” (Florida Politics)
MI-11: Former auto industry rescue worker Haley Stevens (D) raised more than $320,000 in the second quarter, according to her campaign. She’s running to oust Rep. Dave Trott (R). (release)
PA-06: Air Force veteran Chrissy Houlahan (D) announced raising more than $432,000 and ended the second quarter with more than $383,000 on hand. She’s targeting Rep. Ryan Costello (R) in his suburban Philadelphia district. The incumbent ended the first quarter with $513,000 cash on hand. (PoliticsPA)
TX-32: Former Clinton aide Ed Meier (D) reported raising $345,000 in less than two months for his bid to unseat Rep. Pete Sessions (R). “Meier’s campaign has $300,000 on hand, according to totals provided by his spokesman.” Former NFL player Colin Allred (D), another Sessions challenger, raised $200,000 during the second-quarter fundraising period. His campaign aides say 71 percent of the money came from Texans.” Sessions’ “campaign manager said Thursday that the longtime congressman has more than $900,000 on hand.” (Dallas Morning News)
VA-10: “Two Democrats vying for their party’s nomination to challenge” Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) “in 2018 have raised a combined $700,000 this quarter, their campaigns said, an early indication that the race could be among the nation’s most expensive.” Former State Department official Alison Kiehl Friedman (D) “raised more than $400,000 in four weeks,” and former Obama administration official Lindsey Davis Stover (D) “raised more than $300,000 in about 10 weeks, their campaigns said.” (Washington Post)
Correction: A previous version of this post misstated the amount of time in which Levin raised his campaign funds. He raised $617,000 in fewer than four months.
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