FL-27: Knight Foundation Program Director Matt Haggman (D) announced raising more than $402,000 in the fourth quarter for his bid for retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R) seat. That brings his total fundraising to $914,000. (Florida Politics)
IL-17: Rep. Cheri Bustos (D) announced raising more than $535,000 in the last three months of 2017 and ended the year with $2.8 million in the bank. (release)
MA-03: Former congressional Chief of Staff Lori Trahan (D) reported raising more than $310,000 in the fourth quarter, ending 2017 with more than $500,000 on hand. Nearly 75 percent of donations were from Massachusetts and more than half came form inside the district. (release)
State Sen. Barbara L’Italien (D) raised $320,000 in the fourth quarter, her first since entering the race to replace retiring Rep. Niki Tsongas (D). (Lowell Sun)
SC-05: 2017 nominee Archie Parnell (D), who is seeking a rematch with Rep. Ralph Norman (R), announced that he raised $340,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Parnell lost a special election in June by three points. (Twitter)
TX-07: Physician Jason Westin (D) “reported $123,369 in fourth-quarter fundraising, bringing him up to a total of $421,303 for the election so far. He goes into the final primary stretch with $218,773.” Activist Laura Moser (D) “said she raised about $215,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing her total to about $616,340.” (Houston Chronicle)
WI-06: Rep. Glenn Grothman (R) announced raising “$241,000 in the final three months of 2017 and had $510,000 cash on hand.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
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