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Nation: Members Pony Up $945,000 for NRCC

The National Republican Congressional Committee received $945,000 last month in Member transfers. The top seven givers were NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas), who gave $100,000, and Reps. Charles Boustany (La.), who gave $86,050, Frank Lucas (Okla.), who gave $75,000, Doc Hastings (Wash.), who gave $65,000, John Shimkus (Ill.), who gave $61,200, Dave Camp (Mich.), who gave $50,000 and Jeb Hensarling (Texas), who gave $50,000.

The donations were reported when the campaign committees filed their October fundraising reports on Friday.

The reports showed that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised the NRCC in October.

The DCCC reported raising $3.8 million last month, compared with $3.4 million for the NRCC. That’s about same amount both committees pulled in at the same point in the 2008 cycle despite the fact that the economy has soured significantly since then.

However, like the NRCC, the DCCC spent more than it took in — $4 million total in disbursements. A big chunk of that went to the hotly contested special election in New York’s 23rd district. The DCCC reported spending $1.1 million in independent expenditures on the race, which now-Rep. Bill Owens (D) narrowly won.

The NRCC spent $744,000 in independent expenditures for the special election last month, including $655,000 against Owens. The GOP nominee, Dede Scozzafava, dropped out of the race the weekend before the election.

The DCCC still has more than three times the cash on hand as the NRCC, with $14.5 million in the bank and $3.3 million in debt. The NRCC reported $4.2 million in cash on hand and $2 million in debt as of Oct. 31.

Pingree to Host Event For Freshman Women

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is hosting a fundraiser early next month in Washington to benefit her campaign as well as the re-election efforts of three like-minded freshman Democratic women.

Democratic Women 2010 was recently organized with the Federal Election Commission as a joint fundraising committee that will share proceeds with the campaign committees of Pingree and Reps. Donna Edwards (Md.), Dina Titus (Nev.) and Mary Jo Kilroy (Ohio).

“Congresswoman Pingree is hosting the event because she is committed to helping re-elect her progressive and pro-choice colleagues,— said Alan Lindquist, a spokesman for Pingree’s campaign.

Kilroy, who represents the Columbus-area 15th district, faces the toughest race of the quartet; she will likely face former state Sen. Steve Stivers (R) in a rematch of the 2008 open-seat race, which was one of the closest contests of that cycle.

Titus could also face a difficult re-election campaign in a district that includes part of Las Vegas and its suburbs.

Pingree and Edwards won their first terms by comfortable margins and are politically secure.

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