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For Immediate Release


Judith Ingram

September 14, 2009

Julia Queen

  Christian Hilland


WASHINGTON – Candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in 2010 reported raising a total of $250.3 million from January 1 through June 30, 2009, according to disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).Candidates seeking election to 36 U.S. Senate seats reported raising $93.2 million during the first six months of 2009.Democratic Senate candidates raised $54.1 million, while Republicans raised $39.1 million.Candidates for the House of Representatives reported raising $157.1 million in the first six months of this year, with Democrats raising $97.5 million and Republicans raising $59.6 million.

U.S. Senate

The $93.2 million that 70 individual Senate campaign committees raised in 2009 was the highest total ever reported for the first six months in a non-election year, surpassing the previous high of $84.8 million raised in the first half of 2007. In 2003, the last time this same group of Senate seats was up for election, 63 candidates raised $75.6 million during the first six months of the cycle. However, there are two additional open seats this election cycle due to the vacancies created by the Senate resignations of Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

From January 1 through June 30, 2009, contributions from individuals accounted for $65 million, or 70% of the total Senate candidates raised. Political action committee (PAC) contributions to Senate candidates totaled $20.1 million, representing 22% of the campaigns’ receipts.

Senate candidates ended the first six months of 2009 with $150.8 million cash-on-hand and debts of $2.9 million, some from previous elections.

U.S. House of Representatives

Campaign finance reports filed by House candidates for the period January 1 through June 30, 2009, show 416 House incumbents with combined receipts of $132 million, a $7.6 million 5.4%) decrease from the same period in 2007. Individual contributions accounted for $63.6 million of House incumbents’ total receipts while contributions from PACs amounted to $64.2 million, in the first half of 2009.From January 1 through June 30 of this year, 250 incumbent Democrats raised $85.9 million, while 166 incumbent Republicans raised $46.1 million. Democratic members reported a combined $147 million cash-on-hand total at the end of the reporting period, and Republicans reported $78.2 million.

The median receipts for Democratic House incumbents were $273,576, up from $268,072 in the first six months of 2007.For Republican members, the median receipts this year were $226,824, down from $242,012 in 2007.An equal number of candidates had receipts above and below these median values.

Receipts for the 38 Democratic House freshmen totaled $18.6 million, while the 25 Republican freshmen reported receipts of $8.5 million. Democratic freshmen had median receipts of $509,573, while the median for Republican freshmen was $371,052.

Non-incumbents raised a total of $25.1 million for House races during the first six months of 2009, with 94 Democrats raising $11.6 million and 146 Republicans raising $13.5 million. In the same period in 2007, 135 Democrats raised $16.3 million and 94 Republicans raised $8.3 million.

The following tables include fundraising totals for the top 50 Senate and House members in the following categories: total receipts, contributions from individuals, PAC contributions, disbursements, and cash-on-hand. Comparative charts and graphs are also included, along with summary statistical information for each Senate candidate. Information on financial activity for these Senate candidates in 2005-2006, 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 is also provided.

Senate Campaign Financial Summary [EXCEL] [PDF]

Senate Candidate Top 50 Receipts [EXCEL] [PDF]

Senate Candidate Top 50 Contributions from Individuals [EXCEL] [PDF]

Senate Candidate Top 50 Contributions from Other Committees (PACs) [EXCEL] [PDF]

Senate Candidate Top 50 Disbursements [EXCEL] [PDF]

Senate Candidate Top 50 Cash on Hand [EXCEL] [PDF]

House Incumbent Summary [EXCEL] [PDF]

House Freshmen Summary [EXCEL] [PDF]

House Nonincumbent Summary [EXCEL] [PDF]

House Incumbent Top 50 Receipts [EXCEL] [PDF]

House Incumbent Top 50 Contributions from Individuals [EXCEL] [PDF]

House Incumbent Top 50 Contributions from Other Committees (PACs) [EXCEL] [PDF]

House Incumbent Top 50 Disbursements [EXCEL] [PDF]

House Incumbent Top 50 Cash on Hand [EXCEL] [PDF]

House Nonincumbent Top 50 Receipts [EXCEL] [PDF]



The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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