Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle raised $14 million in the third quarter, a GOP source confirmed. The total is considered astounding for any Senate candidate and is nearly triple what other top GOP challengers have raised in any three-month period.
Angle is challenging Majority Leader Harry Reid, which gives her a national fundraising base to draw from. Reid could become the second Democratic Senate leader defeated in the past six years if he loses next month.
Angles fundraising was first reported by the Washington Post, which quoted Angle Communications Director Jarrod Agen saying, This is a testament to the hatred of Harry Reid, the nations disapproval of President [Barack] Obama, and the unprecedented grassroots support for Sharron Angle.
Angles strong fundraising, which has been boosted by a nationwide direct-mail solicitation (even Wolf Blitzer got a request for money), has allowed the former state Assemblywoman to compete on TV airwaves with the well-funded Reid campaign, which launches a new TV ad seemingly every week.
Angle has not released her cash-on-hand figure, and the Reid campaign has yet to release its third-quarter numbers. Complete fundraising reports are due to be postmarked to the Federal Election Commission by Friday.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
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.