OUTSIDE GROUPS: The Congressional Leadership Fund and its sister group American Action Network raised $66 million in 2017, the organization’s highest off-year haul. It ended the year with $15 million cash on hand. In comparison, the group raised $7 million in 2015 and ended with $866,000 on hand. (Hotline reporting)
AZ-02: Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Lea Marquez Peterson (R) announced raising more than $215,000 in the three weeks since she entered the race. Rep. Martha McSally (R) is expected to run for Senate. (release)
CA-45: Housing bubble whistleblower Katie Porter (D) reported raising more than $266,000 in the fourth quarter and ended with more than $500,000 on hand for her bid against Rep. Mimi Walters (R). (Politico)
IL-06: Former financial adviser Kelly Mazeski (D) will report raising $680,000 to date for her bid to oust Rep. Peter Roskam (R) and has $510,000 in the bank. (release)
MA-03: Former mayoral Chief of Staff Dan Koh (D) announced raising more than $810,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing his total raised to more than $1.6 million. His campaign noted “more than half of all donations received in the 4th quarter were under $200.” (release) Koh is running for retiring Rep. Niki Tsongas’ (D) seat.
NJ-03: Former Obama administration official Andy Kim (D) “reports raising $345,000 last quarter, bringing his total for 2017 to about $600,000.” (Politico)
NM-01: Former U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez (D) announced raising more than $157,000 in the fourth quarter for his campaign for Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s (D) seat. His total fundraising for the cycle stands at $368,000 and he ended the year with more than $322,000 cash on hand. (release)
NV-03: Former TV news reporter Michelle Mortensen (R) announced raising $80,000 last quarter for her bid for Rep. Jacky Rosen’s (D) seat. (Ralston Reports)
NY-01: Businessman Perry Gershon (D) has raised more than $1 million for his run against Rep. Lee Zeldin (R), per his campaign, though some of that comes from self-funded. He ended 2017 with $800,000 in the bank. (release)
OH-01: Rabbi Robert Barr (D) announced raising more than $230,000 in the fourth quarter. He annouced his bid to oust Rep. Steve Chabot (R) in October. A spokesman “said Barr will report ending December with $200,000 in the bank.” (Cincinnati Enquirer)
WI-06: Business executive Dan Kohl (D) announced raising $329,000 in the fourth quarter, bringing his total fundraising to $865,000. (release) Kohl is waging a longshot bid to oust Rep. Glenn Grothman (R). (release)
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