The House has yet to get work done on their agenda, but accomplishing nothing is hurting fundraising.
Accusing the House of accomplishing nothing may not be fair to them. The Senate Republicans don’t have to run for re-election nearly as often, and they have the power to stop any legislation from Congress they don’t like. So, the Republican Representatives up for re-election in 2018 could partially be paying the price for the sins of Republican Senators.
While I think this story overstates the Democrats’ chances, it does point to a real problem.
The National Journal reports, “House GOP Fears Wave in 2018 as Money Woes Grow.”
The third-quarter fundraising reports paint a gloomy picture for many Republicans. Rep. Steve Knight of California raised only $144,000 in the last three months, less than the total of two lesser-known Democratic challengers. Veteran Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey brought in only $154,000—just over one-third the amount of his leading Democratic rival, retired Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill. In the Houston area, Rep. John Culberson, who typically doesn’t face competitive races, raised only $172,000 in a Democratic-trending district that backed Hillary Clinton last year.
The list goes on: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, under scrutiny over his unseemly ties to Russia, was outraised by a highly touted challenger and has only $600,000 in the bank. Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York saw her leading opponent raise twice as much money she did; even her Republican predecessor, former Rep. Richard Hanna, donated to the Democratic challenger. Rep. Leonard Lance of New Jersey brought in less than $200,000 in the quarter and has less than a half-million in cash on hand in a district where advertising is prohibitively expensive.
“They’re not where we want them to be. People want to see legislative movement. Donors want something done; they want tax reform done. What will affect things is if there’s progress on the president’s agenda,” said one House Republican official.
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