Poliquin to post record-breaking fundraising figures for freshman in Congress

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin greets supporters in Oakland after winning November's election. BDN file photo by Jeff Pouland.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin greets supporters in Oakland after winning November’s election. BDN file photo by Jeff Pouland.

With contributions topping $700,000 in the first three months of this year, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, will break the record for first-quarter fundraising by a freshman in Congress.

Poliquin’s political strategist, Brent Littlefield, revealed in an email Monday some information about Poliquin’s upcoming campaign finance report, due on April 15. Of the more than $700,000 to be reported, Littlefield said, more than $400,000 came from individuals, rather than PACs or the Republican Party.

Poliquin will also report more than $665,000 cash on hand, Littlefield said.

The previous Q1 freshman fundraising record was set by Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Florida, who raised nearly $558,000 in the first quarter of 2013.

“While working on issues important to Maine’s 2nd District families, I’m grateful that my campaign committee is receiving strong support to build a winning re-election effort so this work can continue,” Poliquin said in a prepared statement.

Poliquin beat Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain, D-Orono, with an 5-point margin, last November. Cain has already announced her intention to challenge Poliquin again in 2016, and will also post her Q1 fundraising figures on Monday.

Since arriving in Congress, Poliquin has been named to the House Financial Services Committee, stumped for a federal balanced budget amendment, and shocked many political observers by casting a symbolic vote against the immediate dismantling of Obamacare.

In July 2013, Politico reported that serving on the House Financial Services Committee was a powerful position in terms of campaign fundraising. Politico’s analysis of Federal Election Commission filings found that the 11 freshman lawmakers who serve on the committee raised an average of more than $320,000 in the second quarter of 2013, which was $100,000 more than the average haul for all other House freshmen.

Mario Moretto

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Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and, now, in the State House. Mario left the BDN in 2015.