Mich. Freshman Democrats Flex Fundraising Muscles

Posted October 15, 2009 at 4:22pm

House Democrats have to be pleased with the fundraising performances by a pair of vulnerable freshmen from Michigan. Seventh District Rep. Mark Schauer and 9th District Rep. Gary Peters both outraised their GOP challengers in the third quarter and reported cash-on-hand figures in the neighborhood of $1 million.

Schauer raised $347,000 between July and October, compared to $206,000 for his challenger, ex-Rep. Tim Walberg, who is seeking a rematch after losing the 2008 race by 2 percentage points. Walberg’s campaign noted, however, that the Republican candidate actually raised more among individuals than the incumbent, $199,000 to 197,000.

Schauer now has $903,000 in the bank, while Walberg ended the quarter with $203,000 in cash.