Nation: Pallone Best-Funded House Incumbent

Posted February 3, 2010 at 6:27pm

More than 80 House Members had more than $1 million in their campaign accounts as the election year began.

Most of these Members are politically safe and could win re-election this fall by spending only a fraction of their war chests. Many of them will carry ample surplus campaign funds over to the 2012 election cycle, when redistricting will make major changes to Congressional districts and once-safe incumbents could face tough fights for re-election in unfamiliar political terrain.

The leaders are Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) with $3.9 million, Ed Markey (D-Mass.), $3.1 million, Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), $3.1 million, Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), $3 million, Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), $2.8 million, Richard Neal (D-Mass.), $2.8 million, Ed Royce (R-Calif), $2.7 million, and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), both $2.5 million.

As for House challengers, those with the most campaign cash on hand as the year began are Steven Welch (R) in Pennsylvania’s 6th, $653,000; Reshma Saujani (D), New York’s 14th, $386,000; Luke Messer (R), Indiana’s 5th, $284,000; Scott Keadle (R), North Carolina’s 10th, $274,000; Vance Patterson (R), North Carolina’s 10th, $248,000; Mo Brooks (R), Alabama’s 5th, 211,000; and Trey Gowdy (R), South Carolina’s 3rd, $205,000.