Fundraising reports: Winners and losers

The second quarter fundraising period came to a close at midnight, with 2014 House, Senate and some governor candidates filing their latest financial reports.

So who made a splash, and who disappointed?

Below, we look at some of the biggest winners and losers from the quarter that was...

WINNERS


(Ralph Lauer)

Wendy Davis: The Texas state senator became a national figure in recent weeks after successfully filibustering an abortion restrictions bill, and her fundraising showed it. She pulled in nearly $1 million in the last two weeks of June alone. We remain skeptical that she would have a good chance if she were to run for governor in red Texas, but her fundraising can't be ignored.

Mike Ross: Okay, the Arkansas governor's race isn't exactly top-of-mind outside of the Razorback State (or probably even inside it), but Ross delivered one of the most unexpected fundraising beatdowns of the cycle last quarter. After changing his mind and opting to run for the open seat, he raised nearly $2 million -- far more than his fellow former congressman, Republican frontrunner Asa Hutchinson ($370,000), and his Democratic primary opponent, former lieutenant governor Bill Halter ($100,000). The Blue Dog Democrat served notice the GOP shouldn't expect to steal this seat.

Vulnerable senators: Basically across the board, it was a good quarter for those who are already in the Senate. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) raised more than $2.2 million, Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Al Franken raised about $2 million each, and Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) each outraised the competition by about $600,000.

Rep. Bill Cassidy: Cassidy continues to be Landrieu's only big-name Republican challenger, and he solidified that status last quarter, raising $1.1 million -- more than twice his first-quarter haul. Meanwhile, his only Republican opponent, Rob Maness, raised just $40,000. There is a premium on Cassidy clearing the GOP field in Louisiana, which has a one-month runoff after an open, nonpartisan primary.

Pete Aguilar: Speaking of nonpartisan primaries, the Redlands mayor asserted himself as the chief Democratic alternative to Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) in Democrats' top-targeted district of 2014. Aguilar outraised former Democratic congressman Joe Baca $300,000 to $38,000, while another Democrat, Emily's List-backed Eloise Gomez Reyes, raised $100,000 and loaned her campaign $100,000. Aguilar also outraised Miller, who pulled in $238,000. The top two candidates advance, regardless of party, and last year Democrats split up the vote so much that Miller and another Republican moved forward. Aguilar will try to avoid that.

Carl DeMaio: The former San Diego GOP mayoral candidate raised $483,000 in the second quarter, surpassing freshman Rep. Scott Peters's (D-Calif.) $363,000. In addition, the man who beat DeMaio this year, former congressman Bob Filner (D), is now involved in a sexual harassment scandal that doesn't exactly help his party.

John Boehner: Boehner has seen better days on the legislative front, but the House speaker continues to be a quiet fundraising force, pulling in $6 million in the second quarter for his Boehner for Speaker Committee, which sends money to the NRCC, Boehner's campaign committee, his PAC and the Ohio Republican Party.

LOSERS

Newt Gingrich: On the opposite end of the speaker spectrum is Gingrich, whose presidential campaign still has $4.5 million in debt left from the 2012 race. Gingrich has paid down just $145,000 in debt over the last six months. At this rate, his debt will be retired in the year 2029.

Karen Handel: The former Georgia secretary of state and runner-up in the 2010 gubernatorial primary got into the state's open Senate race about halfway through the quarter and managed to pull in just $145,000. That lags way behind the three GOP congressmen running -- Jack Kingston ($800,000), Phil Gingrey ($415,000) and Paul Broun ($385,000). Given Handel's previous showing and her national profile as former head of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, $145,000 isn't much.

Thom Tillis: The North Carolina state House speaker remains the only major GOP candidate in the race to face Hagan, but his first quarter isn't going to scare away anybody. Tillis raised a pedestrian $300,000 as reports indicate the national GOP is actively seeking out other options, including Rep. Renee Ellmers and state Senate President Phil Berger. Tillis had to deal with some contentious legislative issues, so his fundraising could pick up next quarter. He could really use it.

Frank Pallone: The congressman was supposed to be the chief alternative to Newark Mayor Cory Booker in the New Jersey Democratic Senate primary, but he's not raising money like it. Pallone raised $160,000 for his Senate campaign after jumping in the race on June 10 and another $256,000 for his House campaign, for a total of $416,000. That's far less than Booker's $4.6 million and even less than fellow primary hopeful Rep. Rush Holt, who pulled in about $600,000 in one month. Pallone still has more money than Holt because he had more than $3 million stashed in his House account. But with less than a month to go until the primary, Booker has to feel very good that Pallone isn't raising much money.

Michele Bachmann: The Minnesota GOP congresswoman paid $175,000 in legal fees between her presidential campaign and congressional campaign committees over the last three months as she has dealt with a number of problems. The good news for Bachmann is she's got lots of money ($1.8 million in her House account) and she's retiring; the bad news is that's a ton of money to spend on defending yourself.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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