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sasha031 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 05:50 PM
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Fundraising by GOP House freshmen off to slow start / more buyers remorse
On average, the GOP freshmen raised $176,000 for their campaigns during the first quarter, according to federal disclosure reports. That compares with $287,000 raised by freshman Democrats in the first quarter of 2009 and $242,000 in 2007 both years when the Democrats were coming off big gains and looking to hold on to new seats.

At the same time, the overall amount of money raised by House incumbents in the first quarter increased by 22 percent, to $63.9 million, compared with two years ago. Some Republicans with tough races ahead of them brought in surprisingly little cash. In New York, Ann Marie Buerkle raised $65,000, according to the reports filed by House candidates Friday. In 2010, she won by fewer than 1,000 votes.

In the 13 most vulnerable Republican seats representing traditionally Democratic districts that were carried by Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry in his 2004 loss the lawmakers brought in $204,000 on average.In one stark example of the GOP freshman slump, Rep. Daniel Webster (Fla.) reported raising only $29,950 in the first quarter. Thats less than the $36,784 collected by the Democrat he defeated in 2010 former representative Alan Grayson who hasnt asked for money or even said whether he intends to run again. Obama won Websters district by five percentage points in 2008, but it is less competitive than many that Republicans are defending.
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