Thursday, May 10, 2007

McHenry fundraising? Not so good

From the Charlotte Observer:
Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Cherryville, raised $118,000, had $123,000 in the bank, and carried $90,500 in debt on a 2004 bank loan.
Here's their report on the rest of North Carolina's congressional delegation:
Shuler's penchant for raising money, which he ably displayed last fall in his upset of incumbent Charles Taylor, hasn't skipped a beat since he's been in office.In the first three months of 2007, he raised more than $220,000, a large majority of it coming from special interest groups. Shuler, whose campaign had about $202,000 in cash as of March 31, is already being targeted for ouster by national Republicans who want to reclaim the western Carolina seat.

Another lawmaker who had a hard-fought scramble for political survival, Rep. Robin Hayes, took in nearly $163,000 for the quarter, more than a third of it from political action committees. The Concord Republican had $176,000 in cash and $23,000 in debt, according to newly released records on file with the Federal Election Commission.

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Also sitting on substantial nest eggs are Rep. Howard Coble, R-Greensboro, with about $705,000, including $62,000 pulled in this year, and Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-Banner Elk, who had $691,000 in the bank, about $69,000 from this year's fund-raising.

Here's a tally of how the campaigns of other regional lawmakers fared in the first quarter of 2007 compiled from FEC records:

Rep. Mel Watt, D-Charlotte, raised $4,700 in the period and had $56,000 in the bank.

Rep. Sue Myrick, R-Charlotte, raised $84,000 and had $43,000 in cash.

Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., raised $119,000, and had about $199,000 in the bank and $44,000 in debt, a loan from himself incurred in 1984.

So it looks like McHenry's trailing his peers. Wonder why?

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