Today, the Federal Election Commission released their finance report for the 1st quarter. The official report is very long and detailed. If you would like to read it, you can see it at FEC The site is getting a lot of business so it is loading very slowly.
If you don’t need the details, you can read more about the report at these two places:
Roll Call: At The Races – Clay Aiken Reports Fundraising for North Carolina House Campaign
Clay Aiken, an “American Idol” runner-up and Democratic long-shot running for Congress in North Carolina, reported raising $233,000 in the first quarter of this year.
Aiken’s haul includes a $23,000 loan to his campaign, according to his campaign finance report filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission. Aiken reported $125,000 in cash on hand as of March 31.
The haul is smaller than expected for a celebrity candidate; they often rake in huge hauls thanks to deep-pocketed Hollywood connections.
Aiken will face former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and mental health counselor Toni Morris in a Democratic primary on May 6. In an interview over the weekend, Aiken told Roll Call that he is confident he will emerge from the primary in the 2nd District.
“We’ve done an initial primary poll and it showed us with a pretty substantial, healthy lead over both the second- and third-place opponents,” Aiken said in a Saturday phone interview. “We haven’t done one since that, but I think the margin there was somewhere between 20 and 30 percent.”
All three are looking to oust GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers, who is expected to win re-election in this GOP-friendly district. Mitt Romney carried the district with 57 percent in 2012.
The other candidates have yet to file their first-quarter reports, which are due to the FEC by midnight Tuesday.
North Carolina’s 2nd District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call
This article was written by Emily Cahn. You can read the article at ROLLCALL
NewsMax – Clay Aiken Claims Lead in NC Dem Primary for Congress
Former “American Idol” star Clay Aiken says he’s leading his two primary Democratic opponents in the race for a North Carolina congressional seat.
The singer, who is openly gay, has raised $233,000 in the first quarter of this year in his longshot bid to win the Second District, according to Roll Call.
Aiken reported that he still had $125,000 in the bank at the end of March, although his campaign finance report shows that he owes $23,000 to the campaign.
According to the report, his fundraising efforts fall well short of the sum usually raised in an election race by celebrities, who can call on their wealthy Hollywood friends.
But Aiken was thrilled with how much support he’s gained so far in the contest, and he says that he’s well-ahead of his two primary opponents.
“We’ve done an initial primary poll, and it showed us with a pretty substantial, healthy lead over both the second- and third-place opponents,” Aiken told Roll Call. “We haven’t done one since that, but I think the margin there was somewhere between 20 and 30 percent.”
Aiken will face former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and mental health counselor Toni Morris in the May 6 primary.
The Democrats are looking to unseat Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, who is favored to win re-election in the district that Mitt Romney carried with 57 percent in 2012.
Aiken, who is single dad to a 5-year-old son, placed second in 2003 on “American Idol” to Ruben Studdard.
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Stay Tuned – It looks like this will be a busy Tuesday!