Money Race: Incumbents do Well

Joe Courtney raised $223,168.26 this quarter, and has $869,350.48 cash on hand.

Jim Himes has raised a whopping $517,909.86 this quarter, and has $759,936.65 cash on hand. Neither Himes nor Courtney have well-funded opponents at the moment.

John Larson has raised a surprising $415,148.88. It isn’t like he needs the money.

Rosa DeLauro has raised $210,275.16, also a large amount of money in a heavily Democratic district.

One last challenger report: Justin Bernier has raised only $62,334.00 this quarter.

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32 responses to “Money Race: Incumbents do Well

  1. One last challenger report: Justin Bernier has raised only $62,334.00 this quarter.

    Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Congressman Murhpy only raise about $60k his first quarter out?

    Bernier will obviously have to raise substantially more money in the coming quarters, but I wouldn’t count him out just yet. The guy is smart, accomplished and knows what is needed to win a congressional seat.

  2. AndersonScooper

    Ebpie–

    Yes, you are wrong.

    In his first quarter, Murphy raised $100,000+, and he spent less than $1100 doing so.

    So while Bernier has only $38K on hand, Murphy had $100K.

    Let me ask you this, does Bernier’s showing make YOU want to contribute to him?

    I’m not saying that Bernier’s campaign is a non-starter. But Justin’s a long way away from inspiring confidence. It’s going to take a lot, lot more to get him on the NRCC’s list. Particulary after the Cappiello debacle.

  3. I’m not saying that Bernier’s campaign is a non-starter. But Justin’s a long way away from inspiring confidence. It’s going to take a lot, lot more to get him on the NRCC’s list. Particulary after the Cappiello debacle.

    Oh please – as if you have any idea what goes in more polite circles.

  4. In his first quarter, Murphy raised $100,000+, and he spent less than $1100 doing so.

    Read the list of donors.

    His dad worked the phones pretty well.

  5. AndersonScooper

    Read the list of Bernier donors? Okay!

    $9600 — Alan & Nancy Nickerson, Farmington, CT — (Justin’s grandparents?)

    $4800 — Joseph Scott, Cherry Log, GA (ditto?)

    $2500 — R. J. Reynolds PAC, Winston-Salem, NC (Dougie, do you get credit for this?)

    $2400 — State Senator L. Scott “Skipper” Frantz, Greenwich, CT (the guy hoping to buy Himes’ seat.)

    $1000 — Rockin’ Rob Simmons (loser 67 year old, hoping for return to D.C.)

    $1000 — Larry J. Lawrence, Greenwich, CT (Foley’s treasurer, a little more classy, no?)

    $2400 — Henry Miller, Round Hill Road, Greenwich,CT (Friend of Foley, or Frantz?)

    $2400 — Dennis Keegan, Greenwich,CT (Friend of Foley, or Frantz?)

    $500 — Nancy Johnson, ex-Congresswoman (whoops, she gave Cappiello $1000 in Q2, 2007)

    FYI, the above is more than half of his $48,000 in enumerated contributions.

  6. Bad news for Bernier. He couldn’t even get Nancy Johnson to max out to him?

  7. You’ve got lot’s of time on your hands Scoop – bring down Murphy’s donor list – that’ll be a scream!

  8. $2500 — R. J. Reynolds PAC, Winston-Salem, NC (Dougie, do you get credit for this?)

    Call me that again and I’ll be down to take you out for a nice cup of coffee.

    I left RJR in March of 1985.

  9. AndersonScooper

    ACR–

    I love you man, and coffee is always good.

    You and me, just doing our jobs,

  10. This quarter should’ve been Justin’s low-hanging fruit quarter. A little over 60k is pathetic. Doesn’t matter who raised what for Murphy, he has such a significant advantage that there isn’t a shot in hell the NRCC, NRC or anyone unrelated to Mr. Bernier will give him any significant support.

  11. This quarter should’ve been Justin’s low-hanging fruit quarter.

    Nice try at spin.

    Not factual; but for an amateur not a bad shot.

    Summary: Bernier, who announced on March 26, had a successful fundraising effort in the Q2 reporting period.

    Bernier for Congress reported $74,934 in total receipts

    Bernier, as a first-time candidate, outraised all congressional challengers in Connecticut and all but 1 (of 22 total) in New England

    Bernier’s numbers compare well with successful challenger campaigns in Connecticut

    Justin Bernier, 2009-2010 race for U.S. Congress

    First reporting period receipts: $74,934

    $53,398 cash on hand

    Current Comparison: Of New England’s 22 congressional districts, only 1 congressional challenger (Mayor Guinta of Manchester, NH) raised more in contributions than Bernier in Q2.

    Historical Comparison: Bernier’s first reporting period numbers compare well with successful challenger races in Connecticut.

    Rob Simmons, 1999-2000 race for U.S. Congress
    First reporting period receipts: $79,991
    $60,595 cash on hand

    Joe Courtney, 2005-2006 race for U.S. Congress
    First reporting period receipts: $60,000
    $59,842 cash on hand

    Chris Murphy, 2005-2006 race for U.S. Congress
    First reporting period receipts: $99,214
    $98,113 cash on hand

    Environmental Context:
    1. Bernier is attracting contributions in a “tight” fundraising environment – a global economic crisis – that is very different from the “boom-times” of 1999 and 2005. Bernier is also “competing” for contributions amid a three-way race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

    2. Simmons, Courtney and Murphy had all served in the Connecticut General Assembly. Bernier has quickly proven his viability to political donors without having held political office.

    3. Murphy was a sitting state senator, helping to explain $19,500 from political committees in his first reporting period. (Simmons, Courtney and Bernier did not raise more than $3,500 from political committees in their respective first periods.)

  12. Weicker Liker

    Justin Bernier is fortunate to have gotton off to early start.

    After all, there is another GOP Challenger currently in the mix in CT-5.

    He is on the verge of filing paperwork with the FEC.

    Was in DC this past week and was well received.

  13. After all, there is another GOP Challenger currently in the mix in CT-5.

    He is on the verge of filing paperwork with the FEC.

    Was in DC this past week and was well received.

    Wow… Really?

    Who is it? Sounds like he will officially announce very soon.

  14. AndersonScooper

    ACR, if Bernier’s candidacy isn’t a waste, how much have you contributed?

    The kid’s going to end up raising $200-$300,000, when in reality he’d need ten times that amount to have a real go at Chris Murphy.

  15. ACR, if Bernier’s candidacy isn’t a waste, how much have you contributed?

    So that’s how we determine whether a candidacy is a waste — if ACR donated to it? If that’s the case, then Obama’s candidacy was a waste, wasn’t it?

    The kid’s going to end up raising $200-$300,000, when in reality he’d need ten times that amount to have a real go at Chris Murphy.

    Let me get this straight — Murphy only needed $1 million to unseat a 12-term Congresswoman in a time of economic boom, but Bernier will need $2-3 million to unseat a two-term Congressman in a time of economic bust? Is that how you think?

  16. Who is it?

    A nobody who apparently is polite the morbidly obese.

  17. AndersonScooper

    Dobbs, are you for real, or a Democrat in disguise?

    Not that facts matter, but Murphy raised $2.5 Million in that inaugural race.

    http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00411660/276780/

  18. Weicker Liker

    ACR….

    First, I actully did not meet the soon to be announced candidate in CT-5.

    A reporter from The Politico told me of a conversation he had with this person at a reception with other members of Congress.

    Second, its sad you throw around the personal insults. I have never met you!!

  19. Weicker Liker

    Brian1….

    I’ll leave it to this person to announce his candidacy himself in CT-5.

    I know he is serious because his Congressional Committee filed for tax exempt status with the IRS.

    Stay tuned.

  20. I don’t how any of this is serious — a seriously cash-strapped R party is going to look at Bernier’s anemic haul and write him off. This was a real letdown for anyone pegging serious hopes on him.

  21. I don’t how any of this is serious — a seriously cash-strapped R party is going to look at Bernier’s anemic haul and write him off. This was a real letdown for anyone pegging serious hopes on him.

    Thanks for your input Mr. Murphy

  22. AndersonScooper

    Who was that guy who threatened to primary Cappiello last year?

    Was he really interested in running for Congress? Or was he just there to cock-block Cappiello on Sam Caligiuri’s behalf?

    PS– I hear it’s Sam the Yale Divinity School man against Donovan in 2012.

  23. A good showing by Bernier. Running a smart campaign against Murphy and being energetic throughout the district is the key factor. That’s how Murphy ran it. And Bernier’s matching it.

    There is a cramped economy and money doesn’t buy votes -we know what does though. Bernier’s running smart. He’ll do well.

  24. There is a cramped economy and money doesn’t buy votes -we know what does though. Bernier’s running smart. He’ll do well.

    No kidding.

    He’s staffing up and brought in a young super-star with both big league political *and* serious sales experience; and using new-media in a fashion I can’t recall ever seeing before.

    He’s showing up all over the place at once too.
    I’m beginning to think he’s really twins or even triplets.

    Further he offers not only Republicans, but the overwhelming majority of “Mainstream Americans” an opportunity to support someone they not only won’t be ashamed of – but will be proud to have as their Congressional Representative.

    Now that’s change we can believe in!

  25. Not that facts matter, but Murphy raised $2.5 Million in that inaugural race.

    My mistake, I could have sworn that Johnson was around $2 million and Murphy around $1 and change. I stand corrected.

  26. Thanks for your input Mr. Murphy

    Funny. I’m just saying — Bernier had a crappy quarter at the crucial time when the NRCC is culling its prospects.

  27. My amateur status not withstanding, the other challenger for the R’s is a guy by the name of Dan Carter. He’s a former Air Force guy who’s being touted by Dick Foley as the “real” Republican in the race. Shockingly, he’s only slightly less known than Justin Bernier – who – needed to put together a kick ass fundraising quarter in order to churn the RNC and NRCC fundraising well, regardless of what people have done in the past. He didn’t do it – especially in comparison to Murphy’s numbers.

    My hope for Bernier or Carter or whoever runs is that they set it up to get a good gig, ala Cappiello, when it’s all over.

  28. AndersonScooper

    What gig did Cappiello get?

    And did anyone notice how ex-Republican office-holders seem to be as good if not better than Dems, when it comes to getting government jobs in order to continue living off the taxpayers? (Simmons, Rowland, Shays etc.)

    At least Nancy Johnson has become a respectable lobbyist. Her firm’s forte? Advising clients about how to get a chunk of the stimulus money!

  29. …..being touted by Dick Foley as ……

    Stick a fork in him, he’s already done.

  30. Weicker Liker

    Jbond007…

    You are correct about Dan Carter. He was at the NRCC Candidate School this week in Washington.

  31. Cappiello got a 100k+ a year job as a Senate Republican staffer. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

  32. Hank Morgan

    Dick Foley only touts candidates so he can suck their campaign coffers dry. Please, let’s focus on getting rid of Murphy and not again lining Dick Foley’s pockets. We all saw how well that turned out in CT-02 last cycle.

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