Jack Reed’s campaign war chest grows to $2.8 millionOctober 16th, 2013 at 10:06 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed has plenty of campaign cash. All he needs now is an opponent.
Reed, a Democrat who is up for re-election next year, had $2.84 million in his campaign war chest as of Sept. 30, up from $2.57 million on June 30, according to his quarterly filing with the Federal Election Commission.
Reed raised $425,902 and spent $150,040 during the third quarter, the filing said. His donors included former Secretary of Defense William Cohen ($600), prominent mediation lawyer Kenneth Feinberg ($1,000), Clinton confidante Harold Ickes ($1,000), former CVS Caremark CEO Tom Ryan ($1,000) and a host of PACs.
Reed’s camapign committee spent $1,332 at the Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, Colo., and $507 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Austin, Texas, as well as $815 on “event expenses” with The Podesta Group, the influential Washington lobbying firm founded by Democratic powerbrokers John and Tony Podesta.
No Republican has stepped forward yet to challenge Reed, who consistently polls as one of Rhode Island’s most popular politicians and was given 99% odds of re-election by Nate Silver earlier this year. He’s in line to become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee if Democrats hold the Senate.
Congressman David Cicilline finished the third quarter with $261,966 on hand after raising $160,145 and spending $80,296. Congressman Jim Langevin ended the quarter with $265,249 on hand after raising $141,093 and spending $109,544. Neither has a declared Republican opponent for 2014 yet.
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who won a landslide re-election victory last year and won’t face voters again until 2018, reported $730,124 on hand as of Sept. 30 after raising $59,411 and spending $74,957.