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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.