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Obey leads House delegation in 4th quarter fundraising

U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wausau, raised nearly $300,000 for his congressional campaign during the last quarter of 2009, the most among the Wisconsin delegation according to reports due today to the Federal Election Commission.

Obey, chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, reported $1.1 million on hand at the end of the year. The 7th CD is being targeted by Republicans who view the 40-year incumbent as potentially vulnerable in the current political climate, but Obey raised more than twice as much as his top GOP competitor over the quarter.

Ashland County DA Sean Duffy reported $146,602 raised in his race to oust Obey, and reported $220,462 on hand. His campaign says that represents a quarterly fundraising record for a challenger to Obey. Duffy's primary rival, 2008 GOP nominee and Rudolph farmer Dan Mielke, raised $25,185 raised -- mostly from his own pocket and through in-kind donations -- but had just $2,697 on hand.

Other incumbents disclosing their fundraising to the FEC include:

-- 8th CD: Steve Kagen, D-Appleton and the most vulnerable member of the Wisconsin delegation, raised $152,887 and reported $552,601 on hand. He has 7 Republicans lining up to challenge him, including state Rep. Roger Roth of Appleton ($53,082 raised, $38,521 on hand); Kaukauna roofing contractor Reid Ribble ($52,020 raised, $115,739 on hand); Green Bay physician Marc Trager ($46,125 raised, $41,877 on hand); former Appleton state Rep. Terri McCormick ($12,895 raised, $29,826 on hand); and Door Co. Supv. Marc Savard ($6,557 raised, $4,104 on hand). Campaign finance information for three other candidates -- Brown Co. Supv. Andy Williams, and conservative activist Kerry Thomas and independent candidate Joseph Stern -- was not immediately available.

-- 6th CD: U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac, reported $911,050 on hand after raising $44,908 during the quarter. He has no declared opponents yet.

-- 5th CD: Longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, reports $62,921 raised and a war chest of $427,512. Democrat Todd Kolosso, a Menomonee Falls businessman, raised $5,001 and reported $25,481 in the bank.

-- 4th CD: In the state's most partisan district, Milwaukee Dem U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore raised $106,121 but reports $76,647 on hand. Republican Dan Sebring reported raising $1,685 over the period, but had just $707 on hand.

-- 3rd CD: U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, who passed on a run for governor to seek re-election to the House, reported raising $177,830 toward a war chest of $1.13 million. The La Crosse Dem will face state Sen. Dan Kapanke, R-La Crosse, who raised $66,407 and had $141,823 on hand.

-- 2nd CD: U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin raised $159,559 during the last quarter of 2009 and had a congressional war chest of $645,407. Republican Peter Theron, the Madison teacher looking to take on Baldwin again after losing to her in 2008, raised $1,130 with a cash on-hand total of $3,720. He faces a primary against Mt. Horeb businessman Chad Lee, who has not yet filed.

-- 1st CD: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, reported raising $247,127 during the period. He has just under $1.6 million cash on hand, the largest war chest of the Wisconsin delegation. His 2008 Dem opponent, activist Paulette Garin, is his lone declared opponent. She reported just $500 raised and $546 on hand.

See more at fec.gov.


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