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The Fix’s fourth-quarter fundraising winners and losers

Members of Congress and would-be members of Congress closed the books on their 2013 fundraising Friday, filing their final reports for the off-year.

So who made a splash with their fourth-quarter fundraising reports?

Below, we take a look at the winners and losers:


1. Dan Sullivan: The former Alaska attorney general made a big splash in his first quarter in the race for U.S. Senate, outraising Sen. Mark Begich (D) and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R). Sullivan raised nearly $1.3 million — more than five times as much as Treadwell, his main competitor for the Republican nomination. Treadwell brought in just $ 228,000. Begich, meanwhile, raised a respectable $850,000 and has $2.8 million cash on hand — to Sullivan's $1.1 million.

2. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes: Together, the two Kentucky Senate contenders brought in $4.3 million, keeping up a very impressive fundraising pace. The big quarters from Senate Minority Leader McConnell (R) ($2.2 million) and Kentucky Secretary of State Grimes (D) ($2.1 million) illustrate the high stakes in what's shaping up as the nastiest and most expensive Senate race of 2014. The good news for Republicans is that a draw in the money chase goes to McConnell: The Republican has a massive $10.9 million-to-$3.5 million cash on hand advantage.

3. Michelle Nunn: The Georgia Democrat turned heads with her $1.7 million third-quarter haul. She nearly matched that total the fourth quarter, bringing in $1.6 million. Viewed alongside a Republican primary that is shaping up as a competitive and costly campaign, Nunn's numbers look even better.

4. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: House Democrats' campaign arm outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee $5.6 million to $4.2 million in December and trumped it by $15 million overall in 2013. The DCCC also has an $8 million advantage in cash on hand. That's pretty strong for a party in the minority.

5. Kay Hagan: The North Carolina Democratic senator raised more than $2 million — nearly three times as much as Republican frontrunner Thom Tillis, who brought in just $700,000, despite getting help from top fundraising figures in the GOP.

6. Terri Lynn Land: The Michigan Republican Senate candidate topped the $1 million mark for the second straight quarter and chipped in an additional $600,000 from her own pockets. Rep. Gary Peters (D), the likely Democratic nominee, raised about $1 million. Land's fundraising  is putting this race on the map.


1. Joe Baca: The former Democratic congressman raised just $20,000 for his campaign in California's 31st district. Baca lagged well behind the Emily's List-backed Eloise Gomez Reyes (D) ($302,000) and DCCC-backed Pete Aguilar (D) ($147,000).

2. Joni Ernst: The Iowa Republican Senate candidate is the unofficial favorite of Gov. Terry Branstad (R), but that hasn't helped her haul in a lot of cash. Ernst brought in just $203,000, a smaller haul than her unimpressive $250,000 in the third quarter. That's not going to cut it against Republican Mark Jacobs, who brought in more than $400,000 and Rep. Bruce Braley (D), who raised more than $1 million.

3. Bryan Smith: The Club For Growth-backed primary challenger to Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) raised only $111,000 — less than half of the $275,000 he raised during the third quarter. Meanwhile, Simpson brought in about $430,000 — clearly recognizing the tough battle ahead. This race is a key battleground in the tea party vs. business battle in the Republican Party.

4. Colleen Hanabusa: In the most heated Senate Democratic primary of 2014, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has established himself as the financial pace-setter, and Rep. Hanabusa is doing little to show she'll be able to close the gap. She raised $455,000 to Schatz's $705,000. Over the course of the entire cycle, Schatz has raised twice as much as Hanabusa.

5. Nan Hayworth: For a former congresswoman in the NRCC's "Young Guns" program, $37,000 is a surprisingly low total. It's also about a 10th of what Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) brought in during the same period. Hayworth hasn't officially launched her campaign yet, but she's been preparing a rematch for months and raised $376,000 in the second quarter of 2013. (For what it's worth, she also self-funded $50,000 in the fourth quarter.)

Aaron Blake contributed to this post.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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