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Over a Dozen Senate Challengers Failed to Disclose Personal Finances

Senate Majority PAC raised 12 times more than Senate Leadership Fund last month.

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Over a dozen Senate challengers failed to file their personal financial disclosures or request an extension by the May 15 deadline, including Indiana state Rep. Mike Braun (R), Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R), Montana Auditor Matt Rosendale (R), Montana District Judge Russ Fagg (R), management consultant Kevin Nicholson (R-WI), Maine state Sen. Eric Brakey (R), pastor E.W. Jackson (R-VA), Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), and Mississippi state Rep. David Baria (D).

Hawley’s campaign said Thursday he planned to file his disclosure in the next 30 days, before a $200 fine is incurred. Austin Petersen’s (R-MO) campaign manager, Jeffrey Carson, said Friday the campaign would file his disclosure after being contacted by Hotline.

A Rosendale spokesman said Monday that the disclosure was “in the process of being filed.” Fagg campaign manager Karli Hill: “To be completely honest, we thought our disclosure from December covered us. We had no idea we needed to file another on May 15th. … We will be working today to get it submitted as soon as possible.”

Representatives for every other campaign who missed the deadline did not respond to a request for comment.

Per the Senate Ethics Committee, 2018 candidates must file an initial report “within 30 days after becoming a candidate for nomination or election … or by May 15 of that calendar year, whichever is later.” House financial disclosures are also due May 15 but will be made publicly available on June 14. (Hotline reporting)

FUNDRAISING. Senate Majority PAC raised $8 million in April, including $2 million from Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane. It reported $32.2 million on hand as of April 30. (HuffPost)

Senate Leadership Fund raised $627,000 in the same time and had $13.4 million on hand. (Hotline reporting)

Hillary Clinton’s associates “said she is aware of the political pressures that make her unwelcome in red states, and they do not expect her to charge into races where she is undesired. They generally anticipate she will focus on fund-raising.” (New York Times)

POLLING. Most of the competitive Senate “seats have very little non-partisan polling for them. In the median race, there have been just two non-partisan polls of the expected or actual matchup occurring that have been released publicly since the beginning of the year. Now in some races there have been a ton of non-partisan polls such as Florida (12) or Missouri (7), but in other races there have been zero. While a number of key Senate races haven’t been polled at all this cycle, every single competitive race had at least one poll taken in it by this point in the last midterm cycle in 2014.” (CNN)

Correction: This post originally misstated Senate Leadership Fund’s reported cash on hand.

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