Posted: 4:25 pm Thursday, May 8th, 2014

April fundraising reports roundup for U.S. Senate, Congress 

By Daniel Malloy

Pre-primary fundraising reports, covering the month of April, are due today for federal candidates. Here’s a roundup that we will update as reports come in:

U.S. Senate

Republicans:

Businessman David Perdue put another $1 million behind his candidacy — increasing his personal contribution to the race to more than $2.6 million. In April Perdue brought in another $219,267 in donations and finished with $467,275 cash on hand.

Rep. Paul Broun — $142,580 raised, $192,039 spent, $180,843 on hand as of April 30. He picked up the fundraising pace from the first quarter, but still only had enough money for a token television buy.

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel raised $135,000, spent $180,000 and was left with $337,000 cash on hand, continuing her run in the second fundraising tier.

Rep. Jack Kingston — $291,574 raised, $1,095,636 spent, $1,296,241 on hand. The most prolific outside fundraiser in the GOP field still has plenty of ammunition for the final stretch.

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey — $74,661 raised, $1,306,506 spent, $1,212,067 on hand. He hoarded his cash for the end, and now he’s letting loose.

Democrats:

Michelle Nunn — $840,000 raised, and her campaign did not reveal how much she spent or has on hand. That would be slightly ahead of her $2.4 million pace from the first quarter — and money tends to rush in at the end of quarters. In all, she has raised $6.6 million since entering the race in August.

First Congressional District (Kingston open seat)

Pooler state Sen. Buddy Carter (R) — $41,040 raised, $264,650 spent, $241,745 on hand.

St. Simons Island businessman John McCallum (R) — $26,911 raised, $226,160 spent, $176,151 on hand.

Savannah surgeon Bob Johnson (R) — $38,445 raised, $240,418 spent, $206,323 on hand.

Brunswick state Rep. Jeff Chapman (R) — $5,600 raised, $7,142 spent, $35,798 on hand.

Richmond Hill Realtor Amy Tavio (D) — $4,131 raised, $6,200 spent, $2,317 on hand.

Savannah UPS supervisor Brian Reese (D) — $2,820 raised, $2,820 spent, $815 on hand.

Carter, McCallum and Johnson are all blanketing the airwaves with TV ads, and about to the same degree. Carter has the advantage for the final stretch but all three have shown willingness to dip into personal funds.

Fourth Congressional District (incumbent Hank Johnson)

DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown (D) — $15,100 raised, $72,547 spent, $89,849 on hand.

DeKalb County U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D) — $19,250 raised, $58,442 spent, $53,345 on hand.

The incumbent came out ahead in fundraising but still has less ammunition than the challenger.

10th Congressional District (Broun open seat)

Jackson businessman Mike Collins (R) — $12,228 raised, $115,512 spent, $110,812 on hand.

Dacula state Rep. Donna Sheldon (R) — $31,535 raised, $76,554 spent, $82,880 on hand.

Monroe minister and radio host Jody Hice (R) — $28,334 raised, $36,280 spent, $39,076 on hand.

Milledgeville banker and retired Army Col. Stephen K. Simpson (R) — $12,670 raised, $24,205 spent, $55,648 on hand.

Lexington attorney Gary Gerrard (R) — $6,674 raised, $18,689 spent, $9,719 on hand.

Athens Marine reservist Mitchell Swan (R) — $4,451 raised, $5,033 spent, $674 on hand.

Collins and Sheldon are the biggest spenders, while Hice is tapping the grassroots on the relative cheap.

11th Congressional District (Gingrey open seat)

Cassville former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R) — $89,643 raised, $76,924 spent, $89,882 on hand.

Smyrna former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr (R) — $21,786 raised, $50,328 spent, $96,425 on hand.

Marietta businesswoman Tricia Pridemore (R) — $24,393 raised, $104,779 spent, $158,258 on hand.

Atlanta state Rep. Ed Lindsey (R) — $35,810 raised, $395,310 spent, $230,000 self-loan $35,833 on hand.

Lindsey went big with the personal contribution and ad buy, dwarfing all other candidates’ spending. Barr, who has been leading public polling, has gotten thrifty, while Loudermilk saw a donor surge and Pridemore utilized her considerable bankroll.

12th Congressional District (incumbent John Barrow)

Augusta U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D) — $114,429 raised, $42,523 spent, $1,514,163 on hand.

Augusta businessman Rick Allen (R) — $39,950 raised, $206,331 spent, $200,000 self-loan, $191,401 on hand.

Glenville state Rep. Delvis Dutton (R) — $14,320 raised, $53,254 spent, $65,420 on hand.

Evans businessman Eugene Yu (R) — $1,829 raised, $144,311 spent, $89,414 on hand.

Allen continues to pump in his own funds, while Barrow keeps raking it in.

 

20 comments
Joeleejohnson
Joeleejohnson

"We the people" will be blessed with the best representation money can buy--AGAIN!

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

I think the most interesting take-away from these numbers, other than the fact that Perdue is trying to buy a seat, is that there are a lot of light-weights running this election cycle.


It is actually a great cause for concern...or should be for GA.  Hardly anyone listed above is personally successful enough in their private lives to raise significant sums of money, for one. Secondly, not many of them have much experience. 


Get ready to start sucking up the Democrats on the state congressional delegation people.  The GOP members of the delegation are going to be a bunch of back-benching amateurs.

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

The contribution update is interesting, but looking over the lists in each congressional district it is disconcerting the extent to which gerrymandering has damaged the House of Representatives election process.

It's true that it happens everywhere and is not really a partisan fault. In Georgia, the first ridiculous redistricting in the modern era happened on Barnes' watch. But, let's be clear. It's gotten much worse.

EdUktr
EdUktr

You can bet Cox Media Group executives are pumping $$$ into the campaigns of Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter—and most likely Gov. Deal's primary opponents, too.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

Yep, money is "speech"; and if you're wealthy enough to self-fund or benefit from office-holding and the legalized bribery inherent therein, you have the floor. Our country may not be great shakes anymore on upward mobility, education, health care and the other metrics of civilization; but when it comes to "oratory", we won't be denied.

Jke
Jke

A little too early to determine what Ms. Nunn's post-primary ads will look like. When you are assured your party's nomination it behooves you to be positive. When she gets to the general election, and finds herself 15 points behind, that is the real test. Those Democratic super-pacs may not be able to do all the dirty work necessary to close the gap for her.

anothercomment
anothercomment

Can't wait for Michele Nunn to take this race from all the Republicans in November. As my children say, she is the only one running nice ads, the rest they want turned off. Listen to the voice of children.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Polls are worthless. Some polls have Handel ahead of Kingston.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

While waiting for the other Republican Senator April campaign status reports, it looks like Perdue will still be at or near the top followed by Kingston.  Gingrey, Broun, and Handel will probably be lagging far behind.  There are also those PAC advocacy funds which are mostly between Perdue, Kingston, and Handel.  May reports won't come until after the election.  What I get from all of this with polling and to a lessor extent, endorsements, is that Perdue and Kingston are the two most likely to make the runoff.  It mostly starts again from there for June and July for the runoff - then a third round August through October for much bigger contributions toward the general election.

DS
DS

@EdUktr  Lots of individuals making small donations, too. Yesterday, Nunn announced:

More than 25,000 people have invested in her campaign since she entered the race – more than three-quarters of whom have given $100 or less. That grassroots momentum is growing – 86% of new donors gave $100 or less.

More than 25,000 donors. Impressive.

honested
honested

@Jke  

Then she will be free to ignore the low information voters and speak to those with intelligence as well as a pulse.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

You are talking to the wrong crowd. The right-wing is only interested in indoctrinating children...not listening to them nor considering the world they will inherit.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Good polls are very valuable. And there is difference between predicting who will win the election and using an unscientific poll to bilk morons out of money.

That being said, in low ballot elections that nobody cares about polling orgs have no incentive to conduct surveya and publicize the results.

No matter who wins the GOP primary, the People lose. There are few differences between the candidates...none of which are policy related.

GB101
GB101

@honested @Jke  Will voters understand that a vote for Michele Nunn is a vote for Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer?  No matter what her personal qualifications are, no matter how moderate or conservative she may be, no matter what she says she is for or against, Reid and Schumer will be running the place if the Ds stay in the majority.  Not her.  

td1234
td1234

@honested She would not be talking to the typical Democratic voter in the state of Georgia.  

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

…and some may vote to protect the make up of the SCOTUS.

DS
DS

@GB101  Voters should understand that a vote for Michelle Nunn is a vote for Georgia. Her first priority would be to look after the best interests of Georgians in representing us in the Senate, else she just won't get re-elected. She knows this quite well. Reid understands this too.

honested
honested

@GB101 @honested@Jke 

Whether they realize they are doing a very good thing or not, I just hope they do it.

The republicans are unable to learn that no matter how hard they try, time does not move backward!

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

There is a huge independent vote in Georgia.