Special interest groups gave $6.5 million to 88 new-to-town freshmen during the first three months of the 113th Congress. The first-quarter fundraising period was a great welcoming event to town, or what is appropriately called the banks of the Potomac. Twenty-two new members each received more than $100,000.
During the first three months of the new Congress, these freshmen received their committee assignments and began to quickly raise campaign contributions to pay off debts and build war chests for their next campaign — even if they didn't know of an opponent yet. In the midst of learning about Congress, these freshmen found time to raise contributions from political action committees of corporations, trade associations, unions and issue groups, as well as from other members of Congress.
Here is the ranking of new-to-town freshmen* and the amount their campaign committees received from PACs and other committees in the first quarter of 2013.
Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., $250,963 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., $221,000 Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., $183,075 Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., $182,105 Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., $174,000 Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, $172,500 Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., $163,750 Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., $154,053 Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., $148,000 Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Texas, $139,000 Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., $135,859 Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., $126,200 Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., $119,000 Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., $116,675 Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., $116,105 Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., $111,592 Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., $111,500 Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Ill., $111,155 Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., $110,500 Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., $109,750 Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., $108,000 Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., $100,415
Other freshmen receiving PAC money include: Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., $99,605 Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., $94,000 Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., $92,810 Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, $92,750 Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., $90,965 Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., $90,000 Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., $89,368 Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., $88,200 Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., $87,924 Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., $87,355 Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., $84,700 Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., $84,500 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., $79,600 Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., $77,728 Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., $73,625 Rep. Juan C. Vargas, D-Calif., $70,605 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., $70,100 Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., $69,500 Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., $67,855 Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, $66,500 Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., $65,412 Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., $64,750 Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., $64,708 Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., $63,105 Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., $59,000 Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, $59,000 Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., $57,500 Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, $57,105 Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., $56,705 Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., $56,000 Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., $55,250 Rep. Susan W. Brooks, R-Ind., $53,300 Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., $51,750 Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., $50,328
*Although technically freshmen, Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., are not new to Washington, D.C., and came from serving in the House of Representatives. They are not included in the above listing.