Once again, Democrat Ann Kuster was the big winner in the congressional fundraising sweepstakes for the fourth quarter of 2011. The 2nd District congressional candidate raised over $330,000, nearly doubling the total from her likely Republican opponent, Rep. Charlie Bass, and bringing in more than New Hampshire’s two sitting congressmen combined.
Bass raised $167,500 with half of that coming from Political Action Committees. The PAC donations included $10,000 from Sen. Mitch McConnell and $2,500 from Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
Kuster-D Bass-R Itemized Contributions . . . $202,666 $ 80,550 Non-Itemized Contributions. . $ 69,505 $ 3,100 Political Committees . . . . $ 58,951 $ 80,388 Total Receipts . . . . . . . $331,202 $167,513 Cash On Hand . . . . . . . . $828,036 $600,264
In the 1st District, Carol Shea-Porter led the pack of Democrats vying for the Republican-held seat, raising over $87,000. Andrew Hosmer brought in nearly $51,000 and Joanne Dowdell trailed with $43,500. Dowdell spent almost as much as she raised last quarter. Hosmer had less than $12,000 cash on hand at the end of the year.
Congressman Frank Guinta raised over $130,000, more than Shea-Porter but less than the combined totals from his three Democratic challengers. Guinta paid himself $22,000 from the campaign funds as a loan repayment, but still has a significant advantage in cash on hand, ending the year with over $565,000 compared to Shea-Porter’s $142,500.
Dowdell-D Hosmer-D Shea-Porter-D Guinta-R Itemized Contributions . . . $ 27,575 $ 40,630 $ 29,810 $ 67,500 Non-Itemized Contributions. . $ 13,941 $ 9,254 $ 27,590 $ 5,215 Political Committees . . . . $ 0 $ 1,000 $ 30,000 $ 51,379 Total Receipts. . . . . . . . $ 43,516 $ 50,884 $ 87,552 $130,522 Cash On Hand . . . . . . . . $ 98,445 $ 11,617 $142,496 $565,273