At the mid-point of the 2006 election cycle, candidates for the
U.S. House of Representatives are on a fast track to exceed
fundraising and spending records set in 2004. Campaign finance
reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission
also show that incumbent members of Congress continue to enjoy a
huge fundraising advantage over their challengers. On average,
in 2005 sitting members out-raised their challengers 8 to 1 and
outspent them nearly 13 to 1.

Based on the year-end reports provided so far by the FEC, the
Center for Responsive Politics has compiled below a mid-cycle
snapshot of fundraising and spending in the 2006 House
elections-who has raised the most and who has spent the most
(including their own money). Most reports for U.S. Senators and
their challengers have not been released yet-they’re filed on
paper and require more processing time than the House’s
electronic filings.

Over the coming weeks, the Center will continue to download and
categorize this newly released year-end data, including Senate
reports as they become available. Check OpenSecrets.org for
updates.

”The following tables are based on data downloaded from the FEC
on Feb. 3. Some of these totals and rankings may change as the FEC processes reports from late-filing candidates.”’

”HOUSE CAMPAIGNS”

*Total raised in 2005 (by 786 candidates): $273,837,879

*Total spent in 2005: $145,710,130

BIGGEST FUNDRAISERS

*1 Tom DeLay (R-Texas) $2,973,065

*2 Dennis Hastert (R-Ill) $2,606,272

*3 Doris Matsui (D-Calif) $1,839,023**

*4 Melissa Bean (D-Ill) $1,777,730

*5 Henry Bonilla (R-Texas) $1,743,735

*6 Roy Blunt (R-Mo) $1,658,524

*7 John Campbell (R-Calif) $1,646,455**

*8 John P. Murtha (D-Pa) $1,631,820

*9 Nick Lampson (D-Texas) $1,603,453+

*10 Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo)$1,574,905

*11 Tom Reynolds (R-NY) $1,549,353

*12 Eric Cantor (R-Va) $1,459,897

*13 Jim Gerlach (R-Pa) $1,448,333

*14 David McSweeney (R-Ill) $1,438,025

*15 Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa) $1,423,417

** Special election held in 2005

+ This figure represents total receipts as reported by the
candidate; the FEC had not released net receipts for this
campaign.

”BIGGEST SPENDERS”

*1 Dennis Hastert (R-Ill) $1,817,531

*2 Doris Matsui (D-Calif) $1,806,568**

*3 Tom DeLay (R-Texas) $1,595,908

*4 John Campbell (R-Calif) $1,541,930**

*5 Eric Cantor (R-Va) $1,304,940

*6 Roy Blunt (R-Mo) $926,579

*7 David McSweeney (R-Ill) $924,315

*8 John P. Murtha (D-Pa) $875,332

*9 Henry Bonilla (R-Texas) $853,893

*10 Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) $833,084**

*11 Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) $761,359

*12 Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) $755,535

*13 Mike Thompson (D-Calif) $707,939

*14 Joe Barton (R-Texas) $702,354

*15 Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo)$681,018

**Special election held in 2005

”MOST EXPENSIVE HOUSE RACES”

”MOST MONEY RAISED BY HOUSE CANDIDATES”

*1 Texas-22nd $4,672,525

*2 Illinois-8th $4,332,427

*3 California-48th $3,441,531**

*4 Ohio-2nd $2,896,864**

*5 Illinois-14th $2,625,987

*6 Florida-22nd $2,551,270

*7 Wisconsin-8th $2,543,804

*8 Pennsylvania-6th $2,275,778

*9 Florida-13th $2,238,174

*10 Texas-17th $2,062,823

*11 California-5th $1,932,076**

*12 Connecticut-4th $1,920,871

*13 Iowa-1st $1,894,436

*14 California-50th $1,876,921+

*15 Colorado-4th $1,820,485

** Special election held in 2005
+ Special primary set for April 11, 2006

”MOST MONEY SPENT BY HOUSE CANDIDATES”

*1 California-48th $3,624,503**

*2 Ohio-2nd $3,466,006*

*3 Illinois-8th $1,943,953

*4 Texas-22nd $1,983,739

*5 California-5th $1,905,348**

*6 Illinois-14th $1,835,965

*7 Wisconsin-8th $1,806,606

*8 Virginia-7th $1,304,940

*9 California-50th $1,300,445+

*10 Iowa-1st $1,198,058

*11 Missouri-7th $926,579

*12 Pennsylvania-12th $875,332

*13 Nevada-2nd $874,813

*14 California-8th $856,299

*15 Texas-23rd $853,893

** Special election held in 2005
+ Special primary set for April 11, 2006

”TOP SELF-FUNDERS AMOUNG HOUSE CANDIDATES”

”Rank Candidate //Receipts //Self-Funded % //Self-Funded”

*1 Steven Leslie Kagen (D-Wis) $1,341,494 $1,250,000 93%

*2 David McSweeney (R-Ill) $1,438,025 $972,983 68%

*3 Nicholas Vancampen Taylor (R-Tex) $792,644 $325,000 41%

*4 Bob McEwen (R-Ohio) $493,465 $305,400 62%**

*5 Alan Kurt Uke (R-Calif) $423,645 $301,000 71%+

*6 Kathleen R. Salvi (R-Ill) $471,915 $289,200 61%

*7 Tan D. Nguyen (D-Calif) $293,044 $269,000 92%

*8 John Campbell (R-Calif) $1,646,455 $266,214 16%**

*9 Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio) $474,069 $257,500 54%

*10 Mark Wyland (R-Calif) $252,100 $252,000 100%+

*11 Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) $995,223 $217,972 22%**

*12 Richard L. Earnest (R-Calif) $239,114 $202,000 84%+

*13 Georgia Berner (D-Pa) $340,788 $178,100 52%

*14 Andy Michaud (D-Fla) $173,736 $155,990 90%

*15 Lavar Christensen (R-Utah) $176,300 $150,000 85%

** Special election held in 2005.

+ Special primary set for April 11, 2006

”’SOURCE: Center for Responsive Politics – Based on data downloaded from the Federal Election Commission on Feb 3, 2006. For individual congressional races, you can “Get Local!” on”’ http://www.opensecrets.org/states/index.asp ”’Select a state and then click on Election Races. If you have questions, or would like additional information that you can’t find online, contact our Communications office:”’ mailto:editor@capitaleye.org ”’or (202)857-0044 x111”’

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