One final set of fundraising reports for federal candidates ahead of the November midterms just got filed at the FEC on Thursday, covering all financial activity between Oct. 1 and Oct. 17. The numbers continue to tell the same story: Democrats are dominating Republicans across the board in the battle for control of the House. During this two-and-a-half-week period, Democratic candidates raised $65 million overall, more than twice as much as the $32 million take for GOP campaigns—just as they did in the third quarter of 2018.
Below you can find a chart detailing how much every major-party candidate on next month’s ballot who filed a report raised and spent during this timeframe. All numbers are in thousands, and an explanation of each column can be found below. You can also click here for Daily Kos Elections’ ratings of which races we think are competitive, though given the explosive grassroots enthusiasm we're seeing, there could very well be some surprises.
- "CD" stands for congressional district.
- Under "Party", a designation including "-inc" refers to an incumbent.
- "Pre-General Raised" is the amount the candidate has received in donations from donors during the reporting period, including transfers from other committees but not including any self-funding or loans.
- "Self Fund" is the amount of direct contributions a candidate has made to his or her own campaign. This number, if any, is not counted in the "Raised" column.
- "Self Loan" is the amount of any loans a candidate has made to his or her own campaign. This number, if any, is not counted in the "Raised" column. In practical terms, such loans function identically to traditional self-funding as described above, except that campaign donations may be used to repay loans.
- "Raised CTD" indicates how much a candidate has raised for the election cycle-to-date as of the end of the reporting period. This figure does not include self-funding or loans.
- "Spent" is the amount of money the campaign has spent during the quarter.
- "CoH" stands for total cash-on-hand the campaign has available at the end of the reporting period.
You can access the chart above in spreadsheet form here. If you click through, you'll see two additional columns on the right-hand side:
- "Self Fund CTD" is the amount of direct contributions a candidate has made to his or her own campaign for the election cycle-to-date. This number, if any, is not counted in the "Raised CTD" column.
- "Transfer" is the amount of monetary transfers from other political committees. As noted above, this number, if any, is counted in the "3Q Raised" column.
Ultimately, all money received from all sources is reflected in every candidate's cash-on-hand totals, less spending. You can also check out our roundups for previous quarters from this election cycle: 1Q 2017 | 2Q 2017 | 3Q 2017 | 4Q 2017 | 1Q 2018 | 2Q 2018 | 3Q 2018.