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February 10, 2016

House Members Shut Down Government Money Going Out, but Not Contributions Coming In

The government shutdown today has stopped most government money going out to federal programs and salaries for federal employees, but it hasn’t stopped the flow of campaign money going into the campaign war chests of House incumbents.

At this time in the election cycle, a little more than a year away from the Nov. 4, 2014, election day, Political MoneyLine estimates a total of about a million dollars per day (based on a six-day-a-week fundraising schedule) is going into all House incumbents up for re-election. In the first six months of 2013, the group took in about $958,000 per day.

House Republican incumbents up in 2014, as a group, are taking in about $600,000 per day, and House Democrats are averaging about $400,000 per day.

Those who run PACs are also not part of the shutdown, and they will continue to send contributions to House incumbents. On an average day, at this time in the cycle, PACs will be sending about $500,000 per day to all House incumbents. Republican House incumbents will receive about $300,000 and Democratic House incumbents will receive about $200,000.

It seems today is only a partial shutdown.

We’ll have to wait several months for the fourth-quarter campaign finance reports to see whether the shutdown impacted on campaign contributions. Most money moving now is the result of fundraising efforts during the last month, or requests for fundraising events in the next month.

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

  • Layla

    This law needs to be changed. There is no incentive to reach agreement as long as Congress goes merrily on it’s way. Their salaries should stop as well until agreement is reached.

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