fundraising

Why House Members Aren’t Rushing to Announce for Senate
Here’s a hint: It’s about raising campaign cash

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer is expected to run for Senate but has yet to make an official announcement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s no secret that a handful of House members are mulling bids for the Senate next year, with several of them all but running their 2018 races already.

Most are in no rush to officially announce their Senate campaigns. Sixteen months is a long time to face the barrage of attacks that comes with running statewide. And in an uncertain political environment, candidates may be taking longer to test the waters. 

NRCC Raises $10 Million for Fourth Straight Month
House GOP campaign arm posts best April haul in history

Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers presides over the NRCC, which has raised $46 million in the first four months of the year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised more than $10 million in April, marking the fourth month in a row that the group raised that much money — its longest streak in history.

While President Donald Trump’s White House continues to cause headaches for congressional Republicans, his presidency has been a boon for the House GOP’s campaign arm. 

NRCC Chair Candidates Seek to Increase Member Input
Reps. Steve Stivers and Roger Williams face off for campaign chief

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, left, and Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, are running to chair the National Republican Congressional Committee. (Bill Clark/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photos)

Regardless whether House Republicans elect Rep. Steve Stivers or Rep. Roger Williams as their next campaign chief, they’ll be doing so with the understanding that the future chairman wants members to be more involved in the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Stivers of Ohio and Williams of Texas have been quietly campaigning for NRCC chairman for weeks, making pitches to their colleagues about their plans for the 2018 midterm elections before the 2016 cycle had even concluded. 

As Funding Government Stalled, Fundraising for Congress Soared
Perpetual brinksmanship, perpetual campaigning the new normal

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte arrives at Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant for a fundraising event, one of dozens held by members of Congress in recent weeks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As members of Congress postured and blamed each other for a budget impasse that threatened to shut down the government, the Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant was a happening place for backroom fundraising.

In separate dining rooms that were just steps from each other, three members of Congress — two House Democrats from safe districts and a Republican senator in a competitive race — entertained contributors who’d paid as much as $2,500 for lunch.

New Sanders Group Illustrates Legal Compliance Challenges
Politicians looking to operate 501(c)(4) groups had better lawyer up

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' new advocacy group Our Revolution could face a number of legal complications in the months ahead, writes Eric Wang. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Since concluding his presidential campaign in July, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been planning and raising money for Our Revolution, a new advocacy group, to continue championing the issues he ran on.

From a legal standpoint, the organization is aptly named, as its relationship with a sitting U.S. senator raises novel questions of law. Furthermore, a “revolution” literally means a circular motion, and the complex convergence of campaign finance, tax, and congressional ethics rules at play here will cause even the most experienced lawyers’ heads to spin. Other politicians looking to replicate this model are advised to retain a “yuuuge” army of attorneys.

Clinton Met With Donors — So What?
We need more assurances from Clinton, but meetings are how things get done

There is no evidence to this point that Clinton's policies at the State Department were ever influenced by donors to her family foundation, writes Jonathan Allen. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Slap the handcuffs on. Lock Hillary Clinton up without trial! Maybe, as one Donald Trump ally suggested, just summarily execute her for treason.

What’s the charge? She had … (cover the children’s ears) … meetings! And some of them — fewer than two a month — were with Clinton Foundation donors.

White House Sees Opportunity in Trump's Pitch to African-Americans
Obama spokesman: GOP nominee's tax plan hurts "everyone" but the rich

Colorado Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Darryl Glenn spoke to a mostly white audience at the  2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is trying to reach out to African-American voters.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House appears to sense an opportunity in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s recent outreach to African-Americans.

Speaking in Michigan on Friday, Trump made a pitch for black voters to support him in November. "You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed,” Trump said.

Private Immigrant Detention Firm Gave $45K to Trump Fundraising Group
The GEO Group operates more than five dozen facilities nationwide

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has previously expressed support for private prisons. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The political arm of one of the country’s leading operators of federally contracted immigrant detention facilities donated $45,000 last month to a joint fundraising committee supporting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a recent Federal Election Commission filing.

The political action committee representing The GEO Group, Inc., made the donation on July 27 to the Trump Victory fund, a joint committee also supporting the Republican National Committee and 11 state parties. Donors to GEO's PAC are almost entirely employees of the Boca Raton, Florida-based company.

The Clintons' Philosophy: We Walk the Ethics Line
Clinton Foundation management has handed an issue to Trump

Bill Clinton's ego has driven actions that had political disaster written all over them and are casting a cloud over Hillary Clinton's campaign, writes Walter Shapiro. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

On those rare like-a-stopped-watch occasions when Donald Trump is right about something, he ruins the moment with bombastic overstatement.

Monday morning, the supposedly newly disciplined GOP nominee issued a press release calling for the Clinton Foundation to be "shut down immediately." But Trump accompanied that defensible position (similar to a Boston Globe editorial) with the over-the-top claim that "the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history."

Self-Funders Fight for Florida's 18th District
Democrats and Republicans spend their own money ahead of Aug. 30 primary

Randy Perkins, a Democratic candidate in Florida's 18th District, has put more than $3 million of his own money into his campaign. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As self-funding Florida candidates go, there are those who loan their campaigns $100,000.

And some who loan their campaigns $1.6 million.