U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell leads Alabama freshmen in latest fundraising reports
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell is the top fundraiser among Alabama's three freshmen members of Congress, new campaign finance reports show.
The Birmingham Democrat raised $236,000 in the three months leading up to June 30, an early but important quarter as people gear up for the 2012 elections. In some cases, running up a big bank account before the election year can scare off potential challengers.
Sewell has had a national network of donors from her time as a bond attorney in New York, but the latest report also shows more of a reach into areas of Alabama that are outside her 7th Congressional District, with several donations from Huntsville and Montgomery. Portions of west Montgomery likely will be added to her district before the 2012 elections.
Her donations were divided equally between individuals and political action committees. Sewell ended the quarter with $286,000 cash on hand, also the highest of the three Alabama freshmen.
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, raised about $146,000 in the quarter, giving her a cash-on-hand balance of $225,000. Her donations were split almost evenly between individuals and political action committees.
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, came in third, raising $91,000, and he has $235,000 on hand. He raised more from PACs, $52,000, than from individuals, $37,000.
The Birmingham area's other congressman, Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills, collected $245,000 last quarter. He's the dean of the delegation and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, a position that attracts donations from PACs and employees affiliated with banks, credit unions, insurance companies, and other related industries.
About $129,000 of Bachus' money came from individuals, and $114,000 from PACs. He has $542,000 cash on hand for what will be his campaign for an 11th term.
Elsewhere in the delegation: Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, raised $77,000 and has $302,000 on hand; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, raised $243,000 and has $293,000 on hand; Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, raised $128,500 and has $113,000 on hand.