Friday, April 14, 2006

Shays Outraised by Farrell

Courtney Outraises Simmons; Johnson Still Ahead of Murphy

This is remarkable:
For the second consecutive quarter, veteran incumbent Connecticut Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, raised fewer campaign dollars than his probable Democratic challenger.

Westport Democrat Diane Farrell raised $514,595 in the first three months of 2006 while Shays raised $372,000, according to their respective campaigns.

Shays maintains the overall edge in campaign fund-raising and has more cash on hand than Farrell. She has raised $1.1 million for the campaign and has $831,758 in her treasury; Shays has raised $1.7 million total and has $1.1 million remaining. (Urban)
Shays is a political survivor, so I imagine he'll make some sort of comeback. I'm not in Fairfield County, so I don't know if there's much of a buzz surrounding Farrell's campaign. Could be more happening than I can sense from way up here.

More over at My Left Nutmeg.

Source

Urban, Peter. "Farrell leads Shays in quarterly cash." Connecticut Post 14 April, 2006.

Update

The Courtney campaign is saying that they've outraised Rob Simmons by about $52,000.

This isn't all that unusual. I checked the FEC site, and in April 2004 Diane Farrell reported raising almost $200,000 more than Shays. Shays still won by 4%, despite a presidential campaign in which the 4th CD trended Democratic overall. Simmons still outraised Courtney during this period in 2002, but that was a very, very different year.

Johnson still outraised Murphy, and has a substantial edge in both total funds raised and cash on hand.

12 comments:

BRubenstein said...

GC you cant simply take a random quarter's filing and make anything out of it...its how much is raised over the long haul that counts.One candidate may be doing alot of unseen " work in process" that wont show up in a quarter but shows up later.We can surmise that there will be a competitive race in the 4th CD,given that the 4th CD is the lowest performing Cd in CT.

Genghis Conn said...

Yes. Could also be a trend. I just got word that Courtney raised more money than Simmons this quarter. I'm going to look into this further, see what was going on at this point in 2004.

truth squad said...

while we are on the subject of fundraising, the burn rate of ned lamonts campaign is astounding. genghis, the AP story is up on this, you should check it out. the lamont team spend almost half of what they raised campaign to date. will be interesting to see where all of this money went. pretty good bet that former state repubican party chairman tom d'amore got a lot of it...

DeanFan84 said...

Lamont "raises" over 700K this quarter, ($371,500 of his own money put into the campaign.)

Read more here.

DeanFan84 said...

Republican Tom D'Amore! Good grief! And I thought Lamont was a lefty, fringe candidate. Next thing, someone is going to cite Ned's "bi-partisan" donation to Chris Shays...

truth squad said...

deanfan, you cant really fundraising when you just go to your bank account and take out a small tiny portion of your millions and put it in a campaign account to pay the former state republican party chairman thousands of dollars to 'fight for the heart and soul of the Democratic party'...

BRubenstein said...

Truth squad...Im at a loss to know how that much was spent as much as you are...i just hope that D'Amore isnt getting money as a consultant or there will be negative press over it...and if its true that over 50% was spent on expenses ...he should be able to justify those expenses or there will be additional bad press.

Nevertheless they have to file with the FEC and we will all see it on Monday.

DeanFan84 said...

Truthy-- you're just upset because our anti-Bush, anti-elective war, "throw the bums out" message resonates across the full political spectrum.

With the left firmly in place, I am glad that Ned is working through Weicker to round-up the middle. The fact is that Lamont will appeal to the fiscally-responsible, socially progressive crowd. Good luck trying to paint him as a tax and spender!

Bruce--
Will we see it on Monday?

BRubenstein said...

Dean Fan;

Sorry to burst your bubble...but im against lieberman and for lamont.

But i am troubled by hiring Damore to help in a Democratic primary.And frankly, ive yet to see a " U to D" program out of the campaign.

DeanFan84 said...

Bruce--
I am bothered too. But I presume the move was to cement Weicker's network to CCAG's. Together will we be able to defeat the Cronycrats? I hope so.

U to D will happen. People are pissed about Bush and the war, and Dumping Joe is the clearest message we can send to the rest of the world that not all of us believe in the Neo-Con agenda.

Go_Huskies_2006 said...

The Meriden Record-Journal reports that much of Johnson's cash is actually money she raised in the last election but did not have to spend. I guess she is permitted to keep that money and use it this year. That seems like a loophole in the campaign finance laws -- you can raise $2000 (or whatever it is) from rich Mr. Smith in 2004, and then you can save his money, and raise another $2000 from him in 2006. Then you get to spend all of that money in 2006, against a challenger who does NOT have the ability to raise double money from any of his or her rich supporters. How is that fair?

RedRidden said...

about as fair as accepting contributions while the state legislature is in session due to a loophole in the state campaign finance laws that allow those running for federal office to essentially shirk their responsibility to the state and to their constituents while parading the DCCC in for a fundraiser.