Just as members of the House of Representatives come under heavy criticism for a possible government shutdown, the Federal Election Commission provides a reason that House incumbents might not feel threatened.
The commission has just released financial figures that remind us how safe House incumbents are for re-election. In the new commission report, House incumbents are shown to hold an 11-to-1 fundraising advantage over their 2014 challengers.
The commission reported that House incumbents had raised $161 million in the first six months of 2013, while 2014 challengers had raised only $14.4 million, during the first six months of 2013. Today, political candidates and committees close their financial books for the third quarter and will report on Oct. 15.
The receipts of House incumbents were dramatically pumped up by a 129-to-1 advantage in receipts from PACs. House incumbents received $77.6 million and challengers received $603,067 from PACs of corporations, unions, trade associations, interest groups and leadership PACs of other members of Congress. Republican incumbents received $46.1 million, and Democratic incumbents received $31.5 million.
As of June 30, House incumbents had a 16-to-1 advantage over challengers in cash on hand. House incumbents had $217 million and challengers had $14 million.
This figures does not include House members who have announced their retirement or are running for another office.
View the full Federal Election Commission report.