It likely won’t be enough to ward off challenges from the right and left in her 2012 re-election effort, but Sen. Olympia Snowe reported $1.2 million in her campaign account at the end of 2010, according to her most recent federal filing.
Maine tea party activists have identified “Snowe removal” as a priority for the coming cycle. And while the fractured conservative movement has yet to rally around a single candidate, Snowe’s camp isn’t taking anything for granted in a political climate that has left very few moderate Republicans in the Senate.
She essentially broke even over the previous two-year cycle, having raised $645,000 and spent $705,000. Fundraising, however, has never been a problem for the longtime New England politician.
Snowe raised $3.8 million in her 2006 race against token Democratic opposition.
Maine Democrats have yet to find a Snowe challenger for 2012, although businesswoman Rosa Scarcelli is considering a run. She spent $500,000 out of her own pocket in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary and told Roll Call earlier in the month that raising money “wouldn't be a factor” should she decide to challenge the three-term incumbent.
Roll Call Politics rates this race Leans Republican.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.