3rd Quarter Fundraising Recap

2nd District Congressional candidate Ann Kuster was the state’s big winner in third quarter fundraising. Kuster out-raised likely opponent Congressman Charlie Bass by a 2-to-1 margin and even raised more for the quarter than Bass and Congressman Frank Guinta combined, earning her national attention from National Journal and Politico.

In the 1st District, Carol Shea-Porter led the pack of Democrats vying for Guinta’s seat, raising more than Hosmer and Dowdell combined — leading Pindell to suggest the race is already over. Guinta raised less than half of what he brought in last quarter and was out-raised by the combined totals from the three Democrats. His lackluster performance earned him a spot on National Journal’s list of the “Top 10 House Fundraising Flops,” which he shares with Bass.

Kuster-D Bass-R
Itemized Contributions . . . $209,964 $ 63,220
Non-Itemized Contributions. . $102,225 $ 4,231
Political Committees . . . . $ 47,250 $ 80,000
TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . $359,439 $147,451

Dowdell-D Hosmer-D Shea-Porter-D Guinta-R
Itemized Contributions . . . $ 23,625 $ 29,744 $ 48,305 $ 84,613
Non-Itemized Contributions. . $ 8,800 $ 7,938 $ 25,956 $ 5,291
Political Committees . . . . $ 0 $ 1,500 $ 15,500 $ 49,000
TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 32,425 $ 39,182 $ 89,761 $138,904


  • BurtCohen

    While the FEC filing quarter began in July, Hosmer only started in September.  

    • William Tucker

      Hosmer’s filing covers 08/08/2011 through 09/30/2011, though he also lists an additional $4670 (which includes a $2000 personal loan and a $1500 PAC contribution) raised before the start of the filing period.

    • StraffordDem

      A lot.  And I think he would make a terrific gubernatorial candidate, which, in my view, is a position that is better suited to his skill sets and experiences.

      Other gubernatorial advantages for Andrew:

      1.  Name recognition.  Andrew wouldn’t have fantastic name recognition, but neither does the competition.  In CD 1, the presumptive nominee is near 100% name recognition.

      2.  Commute time.  Laconia to Concord is an easy jaunt down 106.  For a very good family man (Andrew’s very best personal quality) this would seem appealing.

      3.  Even a primary loss in this race would add to Andrew’s political portfolio, maintain his status as a key player in state politics, and increase his influence on public policy.  I’m not sure what a loss in a CD 1 primary does for a political future.

      4.  Activists that know both Andrew and CSP would not have to choose between two people that they admire and respect.  There’s an opportunity for coalition building here that should not be ignored by a smart guy like Andrew.

      It makes sense to me.  How about you, Andrew?

      • BurtCohen

        A lot. However.

        Andrew is in a great position to be our next member of congress. He is not a known, well-defined quantity, which is to his clear advantage. He can, and will, be attractive to many of those who have buyers remorse about their votes for Guinta.

        He’s a great candidate for congress.

        You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.  

  • nhveedub

    More than 2:1 Kuster to Bass… I’m liking this a lot!

    • Lucy Edwards

      not to have a primary!

      • JonnyBBad
      • BurtCohen

        There will be real momentum for the winner of the primary in CD 1, and we will all strongly support that winner to BEAT GUINTA!

  • susaninrindge

    And they beat Guinta’s take.

    Charlie’s going to have to rely on Americans for Prosperity since his neighbors for prosperity don’t seem to think he’s a good bet.

  • Douglas E. Lindner

    When [redacted] picks up the tab for your broadcast and online ads, the burden of fundraising is pretty low.

    • GreyMike
  • JillSH

    the dollar amounts always traveled with numbers of contributors. If Annie outraised Charlie and did it with many times more small donors, that says even more than just the cash amounts.

    • William Tucker

      Compare the “non-itemized contributions.” Those are individual contributions under $200. Annie raised over $100K in small contributions, Bass under $5K!

  • Dean Barker

    what a “most corrupt” label will do for your dialing-for-dollars schedule.

  • Dartmouth Dem

    In nearly every single one of his seven congressional victories, Charlie was outraised by his Democratic opponent. During many of those races, he served as a GOP member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee — a veritable money pot for members on both sides of the aisle. Didn’t make a difference. But he still won six straight elections until 2006.

    Am glad that Bass has maintained his lazy ways since returning to Congress. This is a nice data point. But we can’t read too much into it.

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