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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign says he raised $10.7 million in his first full quarter as a Senate candidate, an eye-popping number three times larger than any quarter ever posted by his opponent, incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. “Florida families have had enough of career politicians in Washington who care more about their own jobs … ContinuedRead More
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign says he raised $10.7 million in his first full quarter as a Senate candidate, an eye-popping number three times larger than any quarter ever posted by his opponent, incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
“Florida families have had enough of career politicians in Washington who care more about their own jobs than the well-being of the families they serve,” Scott said Sunday in a statement announcing the numbers.
By contrast, Nelson reported raising $3.2 million in the first quarter, which was his biggest quarterly haul since joining the Senate in 2001. At that time, he reported $10.5 million cash on hand, less than Scott brought in during his first quarter as a federal candidate. Nelson has not yet announced his second quarter numbers.
The release from Scott’s campaign does not highlight how much he chipped in from his personal wealth, which now stands at $232 million. Because he started his campaign with a wave of TV ads, it is widely believed he has kicked in some level of personal cash, but his campaign will not confirm. He won his first gubernatorial race in 2010 using more than $70 million of his own money, and used $15 million in loans late in his 2014 reelection campaign to eek out a close victory against Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist.
The money does not count the $1.9 million cash on hand for New Republican, a super PAC supporting Scott’s bid, or a separate joint fundraising committee with the National Republican Senatorial Committee. That committee is transferring money to Scott’s campaign, but it’s so far unclear how much.
Nelson has spent a fraction of what Scott and his supporters have so far, but the race remains tight in most public polling. Though some polls have been all over the board, the Real Clear Politics average for the race has Scott up 45-43 on Nelson, which is within the margin of error.
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As Republicans fight to preserve their majority in Congress’ lower chamber, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan swung through Texas this week for a retreat with about 100 GOP donors, a series of fundraisers and to promote legislation like last year’s sweeping tax overhaul. The Wisconsin Republican raised almost $4 million with events in Austin, Dallas, … ContinuedRead More
As Republicans fight to preserve their majority in Congress’ lower chamber, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan swung through Texas this week for a retreat with about 100 GOP donors, a series of fundraisers and to promote legislation like last year’s sweeping tax overhaul.
The Wisconsin Republican raised almost $4 million with events in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Corpus Christi, according to one of his aides. The money went to Team Ryan, a joint fundraising committee that supports the speaker and other Republicans running for Congress.
House Republicans are largely playing defense in the November mid-term elections, hoping to hold on to their majority amid Democratic enthusiasm across the country. In Texas, national Democrats have expanded their sights beyond their perennial target — the 23rd District currently held by U.S.
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes — to include places like the 7th District in Houston and the 32nd District in Dallas. The former is currently represented by U.S. Rep. John Culberson, while the latter by U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions.
The retreat was held in downtown Austin and covered three days, ending Friday morning. Ryan helped lead a briefing on upcoming legislative issues including workforce development and infrastructure. U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was on hand to promote the Republican tax overhaul that President Donald Trump signed into law last year. And attendees heard from Ryan’s top political staffers — as well as pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson — about the path to keeping the majority in the fall.
Ryan and the donors were joined at the retreat by a number of House Republicans from Texas and elsewhere. Those attendees included Brady and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores of Bryan as well as U.S. Reps. Mimi Walters of California and Jason Lewis of Minnesota, according to someone familiar with the event.
Lewis is one of the most vulnerable House GOP incumbents this year, and Walters is also facing serious competition in her re-election campaign.
Ryan’s retreat and fundraisers were private affairs, though his trip to Texas included two public events earlier in the week. On Monday, he visited Southwest Airlines headquarters in Dallas to promote the GOP tax law with Brady, and on Tuesday, he went to Fort Worth to discuss workforce development at the local branch of Catholic Charities.
Ryan also made a couple of lower-profile stops while touring the state. Later Tuesday, Ryan appeared at the Family Endeavors/Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in San Antonio to discuss veterans care, and the next day, he swung by the Austin Police Department headquarters to thank officials for their response to the deadly bombings last month.
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Steve Scalise just relearned to walk a few months ago after a near-death experience in a shooting last June. But the House majority whip isn’t letting mobility challenges stop him from hitting the campaign trail. The Louisiana Republican in a closed-door Republican Conference meeting Wednesday announced that he would be transferring $1 million to the … ContinuedRead More
Steve Scalise just relearned to walk a few months ago after a near-death experience in a shooting last June. But the House majority whip isn’t letting mobility challenges stop him from hitting the campaign trail.
The Louisiana Republican in a closed-door Republican Conference meeting Wednesday announced that he would be transferring $1 million to the House GOP’s campaign arm. That’s after wrapping up a seven-day swing through Florida, his home state of Louisiana, Texas all the way up to the Midwest for colleagues trying to hold their seats.
It’s a change of pace for Scalise, who’s spent much of the past eight months either in the hospital recovering from being shot in the hip or zooming around the Capitol in his electric scooter. In recent weeks, Scalise has started walking to and from House votes, leaning heavily on crutches and wearing tennis shoes that he jokes probably break the chamber’s strict dress code.
But Scalise’s political operation says their boss isn’t letting his ongoing recovery from the baseball practice shooting slow his campaigning for his colleagues.
Indeed, Republicans face a daunting task in their battle to keep their House majority. Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy have already established themselves as fundraising giants who will be key to supporting battleground territory.
Scalise’s new star power — he’s now known as a survivor and fighter — will no doubt also be an asset in campaigning.
Sources close to Scalise told POLITICO that numerous House Republicans have requested the whip’s presence at campaign events in the coming weeks and months. He’ll soon be traveling to Texas, Florida, New York, California, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
In February, Scalise traveled to help out Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Miami-area Republican in one of the most vulnerable seats in the country. He flew to Missouri to attend events with Rep. Ann Wagner, a close ally, and Indiana for incumbent Reps. Susan Brooks and Larry Bucshon. Also on his February itinerary: Reps. Drew Ferguson’s district in Georgia and David Kustoff’s turf in Tennessee.
Earlier this month he was a special guest at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Palm Beach, Florida. and recently also gave introduction speeches at the New Mexico GOP nominating convention and the Harris County Lincoln Day dinner in Texas. He’s also active with Mike Pence’s PAC fundraising, his political team says.
At home, Scalise’s campaign operation is also working on a new digital infrastructure presence they say has raised $100,000 in six months, 10-fold the amount they raised through such means last cycle. Donors, Scalise aides say, have come in from all 50 states.
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