fundraising

Pearce Sues State to Use Campaign Cash for Governor Run
Can currently use only $5,500 from congressional campaign funds

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., argues in a lawsuit that New Mexico's Secretary of State is acting in a partisan manner in limiting how much of his congressional campaign funds can be used in his run for governor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Steve Pearce is suing New Mexico’s Democratic Secretary of State to use his $1 million congressional campaign war chest for his gubernatorial bid. 

Maggie Toulouse Oliver told Pearce the state’s campaign contribution limits allow him to use only $5,500 from his federal campaign for his primary race, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

Labrador Takes Wife Off Campaign Payroll
Idaho Republican is a candidate for governor

Idaho Rep. Raúl R. Labrador announced his campaign for governor in May (Bill Clark/Roll Call file photo)

Idaho Rep. Raúl R. Labrador took his wife off his campaign payroll this year for the first time since taking office in 2011, a review of the congressman’s FEC reports shows.

The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review confirmed that Rebecca Johnson Labrador, who has kept the books for her husband since his first term in 2011, has not been paid this year by Labrador’s House campaign fund or the GOP lawmaker’s campaign for governor, which he launched and filed with the FEC in May.

Angie Craig Back for Rematch Against Jason Lewis in Minnesota
Craig lost to Lewis by less than 2 points in 2016

Angie Craig, the Democratic Farmer Labor candidate in Minnesota’s 2nd District in 2016, announced Monday she’s running again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Angie Craig lost last year’s open-seat race in Minnesota’s 2nd District by less than 2 points. On Monday, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate announced she’d try to unseat last year’s rival, freshman GOP Rep. Jason Lewis.

Craig, a former health care executive, plans to spend the summer on a listening tour of the district before officially kicking off her campaign in the fall. She’s already been active in the district this year, holding an “adopt a district” town hall in the 2nd District with 1st District Rep. Tim Walz.

GOP Challenger to Warren to Launch Full-Time Campaign
State Rep. Geoff Diehl promises to ‘Put Massachusetts First’

Massachusetts state Rep. Geoff Diehl said he'll start campaigning full-time against Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Aug. 1. (Geoff Diehl for Senate via Facebook)

A conservative Massachusetts state representative says he’ll officially launch his challenge to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren full-time in August.

Rep. Geoff Diehl, who co-chaired President Donald Trump’s campaign in the state, told the Boston Herald Wednesday that he will begin campaigning full-time on Aug. 1.

Rating Change: Bellwether Illinois District Returns to the Playing Field
Democrats land top recruit to challenge Rep. Mike Bost

Illinois Rep. Mike Bost has drawn a high-profile Democratic challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Heller is Guest at Trump Fundraiser
Trump trashes media, touts congressional race wins at $35,000 per person closed event

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., was among the 300 or so people who attended President Donald Trump’s first re-election fundraiser Wednesday at Trump’s Washington hotel. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Dean Heller attended President Donald Trump’s fundraiser on Wednesday despite their disagreement about the Republicans’ health care bill.

Heller was spotted at Trump International Hotel where Trump held a $35,000 apiece fundraiser, according to two people in the room who talked to The Associated Press after the event.

Gianforte Alma Mater Weighing Whether to Keep Name on Building
Stevens Institute of Technology forming community review process

The alma mater of Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte has convened a committee to decide whether his name should be on a building for which his family’s foundation has pledged $20 million. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Stevens Institute of Technology is initiating a review process to determine whether Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte’s name will be on a new academic building for which his family’s philanthropic foundation pledged $20 million. 

Gianforte, a 1983 graduate of the university in Hoboken, New Jersey, was sworn into Congress last week after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for body-slamming a reporter on the eve of the special election for Montana’s at-large House seat.

Alan Grayson Fundraises off Jon Ossoff
Fundraising site says contributions to be split between Ossoff and former congressman

Then-Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., arrives in the Capitol Visitor Center for a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus in December. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Florida Rep. Alan Grayson may not be in Congress anymore, but he is using the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District to raise money for himself.

The former Democratic congressman is running a campaign to raise money for Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff through the fundraising site ActBlue. 

It’s Election Day in the Most Expensive House Race Ever
Both sides in Georgia special election working to turn out Tuesday vote

Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 6th Congressional district, shakes hands with campaign workers and volunteers at his campaign office in Chamblee, Ga., on Sunday. Ossoff is facing off against Republican Karen Handel in the special election to fill the seat vacated by current HHS Secretary Tom Price on Tuesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — It’s finally here. Voters go to the polls Tuesday in the most expensive House race in the country. 

In the final hours of the special election campaign in Georgia’s 6th District, both Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff are sticking to a variation of the same talking point: “It’s all about turnout.” 

Why House Members Aren’t Rushing to Announce for Senate
Here’s a hint: It’s about raising campaign cash

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer is expected to run for Senate but has yet to make an official announcement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s no secret that a handful of House members are mulling bids for the Senate next year, with several of them all but running their 2018 races already.

Most are in no rush to officially announce their Senate campaigns. Sixteen months is a long time to face the barrage of attacks that comes with running statewide. And in an uncertain political environment, candidates may be taking longer to test the waters.