April 23, 2009
The Senate fundraising scorecard so far

Here's what you see for candidates for the US Senate in Texas for the 2009-10 election cycle. I've removed the two incumbents plus candidates from previous cycles who are sitll filing finance reports.


Name Raised Spent Net Cash Debts
Ames Jones 49,800 30,369 164,662 0
Shapiro 34,077 99,226 310,407 16,500
Williams, M 206,335 92,377 113,957 51,426
Williams, R 348,081 90,479 388,628 200,501

Total 628,293 412,451 977,654 268,427


Name Raised Spent Net Cash Debts
White 1,867,163 472,119 2,131,638 32,890
Sharp ??? ??? ??? ???

Putting it another way, Bill White raised three times as much as the four Republican candidates combined. Take out the loans, and it's more like five times as much. He also has more than twice the cash on hand.

So, yeah, I think you can say the Democratic candidates have the early financial lead. Admittedly, Florence Shapiro is hamstrung by the current legislative session; her second quarter numbers will likely be weak as well, especially if there's a special session. I don't think it would have made that much difference, however.

And of course all this is before we take into account what John Sharp did. The FEC still doesn't have Sharp's details, but BOR's David Mauro has the scoop:

$515,155.00 - Total contributions other than loans
$514,955.00 - Net contributions other than loans
$2,001,678.10 - Loans made or guaranteed by the candidate

I was sent PDFs with this info shortly thereafter, so I'm sure the FEC page will be updated to reflect this information. The good news for Sharp is that if you subtract the loan money he still outraised the four Republicans. Needless to say, though, that's nowhere near as impressive as the huge haul he said he had at the deadline. No wonder he clammed up completely after that.

Now this is just the first quarter of a cycle that I believe will go on for at least two full years; more if KBH loses in either race in 2010 and decides to stick it out in DC. Maybe White can't maintain this pace, maybe Sharp can pick it up; for sure the Republicans, especially Shapiro, can do better than this. As Joe Sheehan likes to say at the Baseball Prospectus, you can't judge a team's season by the first few weeks. We'll know soon enough who will have the funds they need to compete.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 23, 2009 to Election 2010
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