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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President Trump named retiring Rep. Darrell Issa "to head the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, setting up what could be a contentious confirmation battle in the Senate." As former House Oversight Committee chairman, Issa accused top IRS officials "of targeting conservative groups for political purposes, led the charge to hold former Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, and accused President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton of trying to covering up the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attacks in 2012." If confirmed, Issa would lead the Trump Administration's multi-front effort to renegotiate more favorable trade deals.