Senate 06 : Candidate Fundraising and Analysis
by jj32, Sat Jul 16, 2005 at 08:30:15 PM EDT
Campaign reports filed by Senate candidates Friday with the Federal Election Commission showed the former first lady, a New York Democrat, had $12.6 million cash on hand at the end of last month, even though she has no clear opponent yet.
Analysis: Hilary's campaign director says she expects a well funded opponent(I'm guessing it will be Ed Cox). Personally, I'm 100% behind the "Stop Hilary Now" campaign that the NY GOP Chairman is running. If Republicans want to throw money at a safe race, then who am I to stop them?
Santorum(R)(I): $3.6 million in 2nd Q, $5.7 million COH
Casey(D): 1.9 mil in 2nd Q, 1.6 mil COH
Pennacchio(D) 20k on hand
Analysis: Casey a bit behind here but still a respectable total as the article notes. Pennacchio doesnt look good at all. I think we need to start a bet: Which group is Santorum going to insult next?? He's already done liberals, gays, working moms, women with college educations, and victims of priest abuse. Casey's has a double digit lead in the polls. Yeah, doesnt mean much for Nov 06, but still, he's in a good position. It was reported, at OurSenate, recently that the AFL-CIO wont endorse Santorum b/c he voted for CAFTA. Casey, I believe, is against CAFTA. FYI, the AFL-CIO supported Arlen Specter last year, who voted against CAFTA.
Bill Nelson(D)(I): 2.2 million in 2nd Q, 5 million COH
Katherine Harris(R): 400k in 2nd Q, 406,808 COH
Analysis: The enthusiasm for Katherine Harris' candidancy on the GOP has been discussed. If she is the nominee, Nelson looks to be in good shape.
Ben Nelson(D)(I): 867k 2nd Q, 2.3 million COH
Don Stenberg(R): 23k 2nd Q(entered race in late April)
Analysis: Nelson's prospects have improved greatly since Election Day 04. He is conservative, which is appropriate for NE. He seems to be well liked there, as a former Governor and Senator.
Cardin(D): 1 million 2nd Q(entered race in late April)
Mfume(D): 150k 2nd Q
Steele(R): no fundraising yet
Analysis: I've said this before. I'm not from MD, but I cant for the life of me, what is appealing about Michael Steele. From the GOP viewpoint, I guess cuz he is black and they figure they can peel off black votes. I think I've even heard some Republicans refer to him as "Their Barack Obama." Yeah, right. No fundraising for Steele, but the NRSC said he would get at least 15 million and Karl Rove is coming to the state to raise for him. I'm sure Rove's visit will play real well in deep blue Maryland. Mfume's FR sucks. The scandal at the NAACP really hurt. If not for that, I think he would make a great candidate. It would be hard for him to run on a "clean up the corruption" platform, which is looking like a good platform for 2006. Cardin might not be the most exciting candidate, but his record is pretty solid from what I can tell.
Source for MD
Klobuchar(D): 650k 2nd Q, 1.1 mil COH
Wetterling(D): 420K 2nd Q, 375K COH
Kennedy(R): 750K 2nd Q, 965,648k COH
Analysis: Again, I'm not from MN, but apparently, Kennedy is supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread and I just dont see it. Klobuchar's FR has been impressive. She outraised Kennedy in the 1st quarter and she didnt even officially declare until April I believe! The seat didnt open up until Dayton's annoucement in January. Wetterling's FR I think is a sign she should have run for MN 06 instead. I think either one can beat Kennedy though.
Whitehouse(D): 775k 2nd Q, 1 mil COH
Brown(D): not reported yet, 500k in 1st quarter
Chafee(R)(I): 400k 2nd Q, 1 mil COH
Analysis: Chafee's fundraising hasnt been good. Whitehouse has already equaled him in COH. And he has been polling in the low 40s, not good for a incumbent with a popular last name. I think he supports private accounts too, although I could be wrong. Also, Chafee doesnt strike me as a aggressive guy, which wont help him on the campaign trail. He recently told the Pawtucket Times that people on the street nag him about Bolton. He also said that issue is about documents and that he says that the White House should just give the Dems the documents they want. See what I mean about not being aggressive?
Couldnt find anything on the MT race, although apparently Pearl Jam will be doing a benefit concert for Tester. Thoughts??
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