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    House Fund-Raising Flourishes in Early 1997
    Chart: The House's Top Fund-Raisers
    Senate Candidates set Fund-Raising Record in the First Half of 1997
    January to June 1997: Top Senate Fund-Raisers
    By Ruth Marcus
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, March 16, 1998; Page A19

    Prepare for another big-money election year.

    Fund-raising figures for 1997 compiled by the Federal Election Commission show that congressional candidates again busted previous records.

    The total raised by congressional candidates last year was $233 million, up 26 percent from 1995, the previous non-election year. Senate receipts were up 44 percent to $97 million, in part reflecting races in such large states as California, New York and Ohio. Fund-raising for House races also set a record, up 16 percent to $136 million.

    Twenty-four Senate candidates and seven House candidates entered the election year with more than $1 million cash on hand. The Senate field was led by New Yorkers: Republican incumbent Alfonse M. D'Amato had $9.2 million, and his challenger, Rep. Charles E. Schumer (D), had $8.5 million.

    The House candidates with more than $1 million in the till included five Democratic incumbents and two Republicans.

    The House challenger with the most cash on hand, New Jersey Democrat Carl Mayer, had just $506,000. He is running against freshman Rep. Mike Pappas (R).

    In races for open House seats, there were only two Republicans among the top 20 contenders ranked by cash on hand. But most of those in the top tier were embroiled in primary races, including New York Democrats Noach Dear ($484,000) and Daniel L. Feldman ($175,000), contending for Schumer's seat.

    Candidates who raised the most campaign money in 1997. The letter indicates whether the candidate is an incumbent or challenger or running for an open seat.

    House
    Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) I $2,949,547
    Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) I 2,748,740
    Robert K. Dornan (D-Calif.) C 1,498,294
    Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.) I 1,349,599
    Joseph P. Kennedy II (D-Mass.)* I 1,220,348
    Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.)** O 1,104,373
    Carl J. Mayer (D-N.J.) C 1,022,605
    Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) I 1,000,667
    Eric N. Vitaliano (D-N.Y.)** O 900,765
    Bud Shuster (R-Pa.) I 796,152


    Senate

    Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) C $9,714,621
    Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.) I 6,626,215
    Darrell E. Issa (R-Calif.) C 6,026,518
    Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) I 4,589,560
    Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) I 3,175,051
    Peter G. Fitzgerald (R-Ill.) C 3,108,636
    Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) I 2,932,876
    Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) I 2,685,061
    John Breaux (D-La.) I 2,476,864
    Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.) I 2,439,113


    *Kennedy has decided to leave Congress.

    **Fossella and Vitaliano ran against one another for a vacancy in a special election in November.

    SOURCE: Federal Election Commission

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