Tom DeLay (T-TX) faces a well-funded opponent for the first time since 1984, according to today's Roll Call. While DeLay has still out-raised his opponent, continued expenditures have reduced his cash-on-hand as liberal groups, Democratic candidates--even Spock and Streisand--line up to give to DeLay's challenger.
Excerpts from the Roll Call piece follow.
In their latest filings with the Federal Election Commission, DeLay and former Rep. Nick Lampson (D), who is trying to knock off the 11-term Republican, both reported having slightly more than $2 million in cash on hand at the end of December. DeLay reported $2.44 million in cash available, while Lampson had $2.29 million. The FEC reports cover the period from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.
DeLay raised far more than Lampson did throughout 2005, although he also spent far more. DeLay's campaign took in $3.06 million for the year, while spending more than $2.7 million. Of that total, $894,246 came during the last three months of the year. Vice President Cheney appeared at a DeLay fundraiser in Houston on Dec. 5 that took in more than $500,000, an amount that accounts for well over half of what DeLay raised for the entire fourth quarter.
Lampson, for his part, has received more than $26,000 from Democratic incumbents, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and numerous other Democrats are hosting a "Neighborly Block Party" for Lampson on Feb. 8 in Washington, D.C.
Hollywood actress Barbra Streisand has given $2,000 to Lampson's campaign, as has former "Star Trek" star Leonard Nimoy.
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