Apr 19, 2018

McConnell-backed groups raise $13.9 million in first quarter of 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senate Republican-backed groups have raised roughly $13.9 million in the first three months of 2018, Politico first reported, up from $7.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Driving the numbers: Steve Law, who runs the Mitch McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund and One Nation, told Politico there is "a growing alarm among our donors about the widening fundraising disparity" between some Democratic Senate incumbents and their Republican counterparts.

By the numbers:

  • The Senate Leadership Fund raised $9.6 million in Q1.
  • One Nation raised nearly $3.8 million.
  • American Crossroads brought in $350,500
  • Crossroads GPS raised $50,000.

Yes, but: House Republican-backed groups raised far more than the Senate groups. The Ryan-backed Congressional Leadership Fund raised $15 million in Q1 of 2018 alone.

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An assault weapons ban died in the Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday despite a Democratic majority in the assembly, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Democrats flipped the Virginia House and Senate last year after campaigning hard on gun control. The assault weapons bill would have banned future transfers and sales of all assault weapons in the state.

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