U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of Dunn, a potential U.S. Senate candidate next year, has not yet begun cranking up her money-raising operation.
She raised $97,797 in political contributions during the first quarter of the year, according to federal campaign reports. She had $133,586 on hand at the end of March. That is fine for a congresswoman seeking re-election, but not the kind of money associated with a Senate race.
Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan raised $1.6 million during the first quarter and had $2.7 million on hand at the end of the reporting period.
Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre of Lumberton, who will likely face another tough re-election effort again next year, raised $118,779 in the first quarter and had $181,672 cash on hand.
Republican Rep. George Holding of Raleigh raised $110,992 in the first quarter and had $23,844 cash on hand.
Democratic Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill, raised $41,305 during the first quarter and had $50,229 cash on hand. Democrat G.K. Butterfield of Wilson raised $45,500 and had $243,788 cash on hand.
Republican Walter Jones of Farmville raised $78,459 in the first quarter and had $104,530 cash on hand.
Republican Howard Coble of Greensboro raised $4,140 and had $37,681 cash on hand, a figure likely to fuel more rumors that he is nearing retirement.
Rep. Patrick McHenry of Cherryville raised $131,008 and had $206,048 on hand,. Rep. Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk raised $92,519 and had $1.5 million cash on hand.
Republican Richard Hudson of Concord raised $207,122 and had $195,581 on hand – the classic profile of a freshman anxious to make sure he has enough money to fend off a challenger.
Another freshman, Republican Mark Meadows raised $26,787 and had $7,840 on hand. Another freshman, Republican Robert Pittenger had raised $59,815 and had $5,866. Both Meadows and Pittenger are wealthy businessmen capable of self funding.
Democrat Mel Watt of Charlotte raised $1,000 and had $91,824 on hand – not the profile of a lawmaker preparing for re-election.