Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) is going to have a tough time winning reelection in 2012. First, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) are targeting him. Secondly, plenty of other groups are as well. Thirdly, local DFLers are desperate to win back Jim Oberstar’s seat.
The wildcard factor is redistricting. I personally, see MN-08 gaining more Twin Cities Suburban districts like where Cravaack lives. But you never know.
Anyhoo, Cravaack’s 1st quarter fundraising numbers are in:
Cravaack’s first Federal Election Commission report this year shows that Cravaack purchased a direct-mail list from Rep. Michele Bachmann, the fundraising star and potential 2012 candidate who founded the House Tea Party caucus.
Cravaack’s office confirmed obtaining part of Bachmann’s mailing list, which he paid $441 for, FEC records show. Cravaack’s filing also lists an in-kind contribution from Bachmann’s committee to Cravaack for a direct-mail list at the same price.
Cravaack raised $121,000 in the first quarter for a total of $183,000 in the 2012 cycle, putting him on pace to raise significantly more money than during his 2010 upset of then-Rep. Jim Oberstar. He has $113,000 cash on hand.
Will Cravaack’s teabagger roots will get him money out of Bachmann’s supporters?