Monday, October 16, 2006

The Benjamin Factor

More of the campaign finance reports for federal candidates are being filed on the Federal Elections Commission web site. You can find it under Useful Sites on the right.
The reports were due Oct. 15th for the three-month period ending Sept. 30th.

The big news is how well Bob Casey did in fundraising in the 3rd quarter. He raised $4.1 million dollars in 12 weeks and had $3.7 million on hand as of Sept. 30th. Casey is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. The 3rd-quarter report of Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum was not available on the FEC site as of this afternoon. I'll check tomorrow.

Postscript added Oct. 17: The Santorum numbers show that he raised $3.5 million in the 12 weeks leading up to Sept. 30 and had $3.5 million on hand as of 9-30. Santorum has raised a total of $23.2 million, compared to Casey's $14.7 million. That said, both candidates had roughly the same amount on hand for the final weeks of the campaign.

I've also run the numbers on selected Congressional races, which you can find here.

The reports that date from June 30th, the last filing deadline, are noted in boldface.
I'll search for updates on these as well.

The important figure is Cash on Hand -- the amount of money the candidate had left in his campaign treasury as of Sept. 30th. As you can see, most of the candidates had healthy balances socked away on that date for the five weeks before the Nov. 7th election.

Postscript added Oct. 18th: All the 9/30 reports are posted and I have amended my table to reflect the new filings. Any candidate with a boldface date were not up-to-date when I filed originally.


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