Spotlight

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
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
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.

What We're Following See More »
GAVE COMMITTEE A “ROAD MAP” OF NAMES, PLACES, AND LEADS
Fusion GPS Founder Alleges Trump-Mafia Connection
5 hours ago
THE DETAILS

The House Intelligence Committee voted to release the November 14 testimony of Glenn Simpson, the man at Fusion GPS who oversaw the creation of the now infamous Trump-Russia dossier. Simpson's testimony includes a number of startling claims, including that Russia infiltrated conservative political groups prior to the election, and that Trump had "long time associations" with the Italian Mafia," and that he "gradually during the nineties became associated with Russian mafia figures." Simpson also testified that Trump called off a post-election meeting with Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank and a longtime member of the NRA, currently under investigation by the FBI for money laundering. Simpson said that the discoveries were so alarming that he felt compelled to go to the authorities. The full text of the transcript can be read here.

Source:
RYAN SAYS HOUSE WILL VOTE TONIGHT
Senate Dems Say They Can Block Spending Measure
6 hours ago
THE LATEST

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has the votes to pass a short-term spending bill tonight, but "Senate Democrats said they're confident they have the votes to block the stop-gap spending bill that the House is taking up, according to two Democratic senators and a senior party aide. And top Senate Republicans are openly worried about the situation as they struggle to keep their own members in the fold."

Source:
BILL HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT
House Introduces Sexual Harassment Overhaul
8 hours ago
THE LATEST

The bipartisan legislation, known as the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act, means taxpayers will "no longer foot the bill" for sexual harassment settlements involving members of Congress." The legislation "would require members to pay such settlements themselves." It also reforms the "cumbersome and degrading" complaint process by giving victims "more rights and resources," and by simplifying and clarifying the complaint process. The legislation is the first major transformation of the sexual harassment complaint system since it was created in 1995.

Source:
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN SUSPICIOUS CHECKS FLAGGED
Mueller’s Team Scrutinizing Russian Embassy Transactions
8 hours ago
THE LATEST
PRO-TRUMP SPENDING COULD VIOLATE FECA
FBI Investigating Potential Russian Donations to NRA
8 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency." Investigators have focused on Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank "who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA." The solicitation or use of foreign funds is illegal in U.S. elections under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by either lobbying groups or political campaigns. The NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login