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Democrats Get Big Cash Haul

Among Republicans, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) continued to stand out for his second-quarter fundraising performance after posting the best first-quarter total among GOP incumbents. Kirk raised $617,000 in the latest period and ended June with $1.1 million on hand. Kirk had a closer-than-expected race in 2006, though Democrats have a primary this cycle to determine who will face off against the four-term Chicago-area Congressman.

GOP Reps. Joe Knollenberg (Mich.) and Jon Porter (Nev.), who have yet to draw top-tier challengers, had very strong quarters as well. Knollenberg raised $443,000 and had more than $600,000 in the bank, while Porter raised $460,000 and had $407,000 on hand.

Other targeted Republicans did well in the quarter, including Reps. Vern Buchanan (Fla.), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Mike Ferguson (N.J.), Robin Hayes (N.C.), Marilyn Musgrave (Colo.), Dave Reichert (Wash.), Tom Reynolds (N.Y.), Jim Walsh (N.Y.) and Heather Wilson (N.M.), all of whom outraised their Democratic challengers. All but Reichert have more available cash than their opponent.

Notable exceptions on the GOP side were Rep. Tim Walberg (Mich.), who raised $120,000 to Democrat David Nacht’s $161,000, and Rep. Randy Kuhl (N.Y.) who raised $72,000 compared with $178,000 and $215,000 for Democrats Eric Massa and David Nachbar, respectively.

GOP Reps. Rick Renzi (Ariz.) and John Doolittle (Calif.), who face re-election races complicated by their ethics woes, both struggled financially in the quarter. Doolittle, who faces a rematch with Democrat Charlie Brown, raised $129,000 in the quarter but ended June with just $74,000 in the bank. Brown raised $198,000 and had $269,000 on hand.

Renzi raised $66,000 and showed a paltry $20,000 in the bank.

Graves and Shays had much better quarters but ended up being outraised by their opponents. Both Republicans still have slight cash-on-hand advantages, however.

Graves, who Democrats are targeting for the first time since he won the seat in 2000, raised $288,000 to $330,000 for former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes (D). Shays raked in $281,000, while his opponent, Greenwich Democratic leader Jim Himes (D), collected $353,000.

Both Schmidt and Regula were outraised by primary opponents as well as Democratic challengers. Schmidt has always faced a difficult primary challenge since winning a 2005 special election. Regula, who raised $82,000, is a retirement possibility next year.

Among Democratic veterans, Reps. Chet Edwards (Texas), Melissa Bean (Ill.) and Jim Marshall (Ga.) showed impressive hauls for the quarter.

Edwards raised $463,000 and had $684,000 in reserve. Bean raised $552,000 and had $803,000 in the bank on June 30. Marshall raised $301,000 and had $631,000 on hand.

Marshall and Bean have both drawn competitive challengers.

A spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee said that in the end its candidates will have the resources needed to compete.

“The second-quarter numbers show that our Members are working hard and taking any potential challenge seriously,” said the NRCC’s Julie Shutley. “Members that had a tougher race than they anticipated last year are taking all necessary precautions and gearing up for another race this time. We think, in the end, they will have every resource they need to be successful.”

Correction: July 18, 2007

A chart accompanying the July 17 article “Democrats Get Big Cash Haul” incorrectly listed the cash-on-hand total for Rep. Phil English (R-Pa.) through June 30. It was $254,000.

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