Boucher, Debicella Report Large Third-Quarter Receipts

Posted October 14, 2010 at 2:49pm

Third-quarter campaign fundraising reports are trickling in with Friday’s deadline approaching, and on Thursday at least two candidates reported noteworthy receipts.

Rep. Rick Boucher (D), who is a target for defeat in his conservative southwestern Virginia district, reported raising more than $626,000 during the quarter. Boucher had a wide financial advantage over his Republican opponent, state Del. Morgan Griffith, at the end of June. Griffith has yet to file his third-quarter report with the Federal Election Commission. Outside groups are expected to spend heavily to help boost Griffith in the closing weeks of the campaign.

In Connecticut, Republican Dan Debicella raised more than $700,000 between July and September, according to his FEC report filed Thursday. Debicella is running a competitive race against freshman Rep. Jim Himes (D) in the 4th district. Himes has yet to report his receipts for the last three months.

In another notable report Thursday, Republican Andy Harris raised almost $336,000 in the third quarter. Harris’ total is hardly impressive given that he is in one of the most competitive races in the country. Harris is challenging freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil (D) in a rematch of their 2008 contest. The Republican is currently favored to win in the conservative district, which has a population center based on the Eastern Shore.