Congressional Campaign Committees’ War Chests Filled With $37 Million
It’s lucky the congressional campaign committees had a combined total of over $37 million in the bank by the time of the government shutdown. With the current low approval rating of Congress, it is unclear how they will do in the fourth quarter.
During the first nine months of the year, the committees had receipts totaling $106 million. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had receipts of over $58 million, the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee had receipts of almost $48 million.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported it had receipts of $8,411,474 and disbursements of $2,976,875 during September, leaving $21,572,948 cash on hand as of 9/30. The committee raised $3.6 million from contributors giving $200 or less. Itemized contributors from California gave $646,739 and those from New York have $366,935. PACs and other committees gave $361,300. Candidate committees transferred in $1.6 million. September was the second best month for fundraising this year. This year through 9/30, the committee had receipts of $58.2 million.
Major donors included $32,400 from Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine; $32,400 from former Ambassador Alan Solomont (MA); $32,400 from Susan Solomont (MA); $32,400 from Eugene Zagat Jr. (president, Zagat Survey, NY); $32,400 from Lyn Lear (psychologist, CA); $17,500 from Tim Gunn (fashion dean, Fifth and Pacific Inc., NY); $15,00 from Robert Wilmers (CEO, M&T Bank, NY); $4,500 from actress Maura Tierney (Warner Bros. Studios, CA);among others.
The committee spent $572,691 on telemarketing; $400,808 on postage/delivery; $372,269 on payroll; $75,890 for legal services rendered; among other expenses.
The National Republican Congressional Committee reported receipts of $5,267,554 and disbursements of $2,291,777, leaving $15,685,802 cash on hand as of 9/30. The committee raised $1 million from contributors giving $200 or less and almost $2.3 million from contributors giving more than $200. PACs and other committees (such as candidate campaigns) gave almost $2 million. Itemized donors in Texas gave $175,180, and Florida donors gave $166,492. This year through 9/30, the committee had receipts of $47.9 million.
Major donors included $32,400 from Charles Koch (chairman, Koch Industries, KS); $32,400 from Connie Mack (FL); $25,000 from Larry Mizell (CEO, MDC Holdings, CO); $32,400 from Richard Zuschlag (owner, Acadian Ambulance, LA); among others.
The committee spent $374,472 on payroll; $281,826 on fundraising calls; $245,265 on postage; among other expenditures.