Follow the Money

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters after a Republican Senate policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill, September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. McConnell discussed the debt ceiling and the continuing resolution to fund the government. 
National Journal
Josh Kraushaar
Oct. 25, 2013, 7:45 a.m.

Today’s Hot­line fea­tures a com­plete third-quarter Sen­ate fun­drais­ing chart. Here are the bur­ied nug­gets:

Hey, big spend­ers. Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell (R-KY) nearly spent as much money ($2.07 mil­lion) as he brought in ($2.27 mil­lion), leav­ing him with a still-im­pos­ing $9.76 mil­lion cash on hand. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has been in­fam­ous for his free-spend­ing cam­paign habits, lead­ing 2014 Demo­crats (again) in that cat­egory ($1.17 mil­lion), des­pite not be­ing a top tar­get. And Ten­ness­ee GOP Sen. Lamar Al­ex­an­der is tak­ing his primary chal­lenge ser­i­ously, spend­ing sig­ni­fic­antly more ($1.15 mil­lion) than he brought in.

Pa­ging Linda McMa­hon. The wealth­i­est self-fun­ders in­clude: former GOP Michigan Sec­ret­ary of State Terri Lynn Land ($1 mil­lion), Mc­Con­nell’s tea-party chal­lenger Matt Bev­in ($600,000), Geor­gia GOP Sen­ate can­did­ate Dav­id Per­due ($500,000) and North Car­o­lina GOP Sen­ate can­did­ate Thom Tillis ($250,000). Also on the list: New Hamp­shire Sen­ate can­did­ate Jim Rubens (R), a busi­ness­man and former state sen­at­or whose cam­paign hasn’t got­ten much at­ten­tion.

Run­ning on empty. Sev­er­al prom­in­ent sen­at­ors and chal­lengers don’t have as much cash-on-hand as ex­pec­ted. That list would in­clude Mis­sis­sippi Sen. Thad Co­chran (R), a re­tire­ment pos­sib­il­ity, who only raised $53,000 and banked $803,000. Co­chran, if he runs, would be fa­cing a tea party-aligned op­pon­ent. Des­pite be­ing in Con­gress since 2007, GOP Rep. Paul Broun only has banked $447,000 for the Geor­gia Sen­ate race. Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) only has $771,000 in her ac­count, against ap­poin­ted Sen. Bri­an Schatz (D), who banked over $2 mil­lion.

And the top fun­draisers? Among Dem chal­lengers, it’s Ken­tucky’s Al­is­on Lun­der­gan Grimes, who raised more than any oth­er Sen­ate can­did­ate in 2014. For Re­pub­lic­an chal­lengers, it’s Arkan­sas Rep. Tom Cot­ton, who topped $1-mil­lion mark. Among in­cum­bents, Mc­Con­nell led the way for Re­pub­lic­ans, and Franken and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) were the Dem win­ners.

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