Ohio Congress Critters: Who's Got the Cash?
CQPolitics has an analysis by senior reporter Greg Giroux of campaign cash held by all 435 members of the House of Representatives heading into the next election cycle. The accompanying story notes that the two Congressional campaign committees (DCCC and NRCC) will be pressuring those who don't face tough re-election fights to turn over cash to retire national party debt from 2006, and there is plenty enough around for that purpose if the individual representatives cooperate:
The 435 winners of last year’s House elections began 2007 with their cumulative campaign accounts totaling $159.1 million, which is nearly seven times the $23.7 in cumulative debts reported by the DCCC and NRCC.However, members of Congress don't like to give up the money. Few of them ever really feel "safe" and the 2008 election is really not that far off. A healthy cash balance helps to deter challengers in the next election. Also, those with ambitions of running for the Senate will want to start hoarding cash for that purpose.
The 233 House Democrats had a total of $87.3 million banked, an average of $375,000 per House Democrat; a total nearly 10 times the DCCC’s debt of $9.3 million.
The 202 House Republicans had banked $71.9 million overall, an average of $356,000; the cumulative sum is almost exactly five times the NRCC’s debt of $14.4 million.
None of Ohio's representatives are anywhere near the top five in campaign cash on hand. Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA), whose Senate hopes were presumably dashed when Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) announced that he would run for re-election in 2008, has the most at $5.1 million. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), another possible contender were Kerry's seat open, follows at $2.42 million. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), mentioned for Sen. Frank Lautenberg's seat if he had opted to retire, has $2.41 million. Republicans Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and David Dreier (R-CA) are next with $2.3 and $2.2 million, respectively.
Ohio has only three above the average amount (rank out of 435 shown after name):
- $816,103 Marcy Kaptur (D-9th) - 52nd
- $748,507 Dave Hobson (R-7th) - 64th
- $389,592 John Boehner (R-8th) - 138th
The following three are below the average amount but still in six figures, putting them in good position for 2008 if they run again:
- $139,841 Steve LaTourette (R-14th) - 253rd
- $112,863 Pat Tiberi (R-12th) - 270th
- $106,540 Ralph Regula (R-16th) - 279th
Then there are a half dozen above the $50,000 mark, which is still a substantial chunk of change:
- $78,752 Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-11th) - 299th
- $70,230 Deborah Pryce (R-15th) - 311th
- $66,883 Steve Chabot (R-1st) - 317th
- $62,673 Tim Ryan (D-17th) - 321st
- $59,683 Charlie Wilson (D-6th) - 326th
- $59,445 Jim Jordan (R-4th) - 328th
Finally, here are the bottom five, three of whom spent just about everything they had:
- $32,255 Dennis J. Kucinich (D-10th) - 378th
- $27,458 Zack Space (D-18th) - 388th
- $8,870 Jean Schmidt (R-2nd) - 418th
- $6,459 Betty Sutton (D-13th) - 421st
- $5,951 Michael R. Turner (R-3rd) - 423th