Wagner raises more than $450,000 since April 1, heightens national GOP profile
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 13, 2013: U.S. Rep Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, will be filing a campaign report on Monday that shows she’s raised close to $500,000 during the past three months – a sizable sum for a first-term freshman in the U.S. House.
Her fundraising tally, which will show her with $756,000 in the bank, also could discourage any potential 2014 rivals – fellow Republicans or Democrats – and may bolster her rise in national GOP leadership ranks.
The summary page of her campaign report, due Monday, should show that Wagner has raised $451,688 since April 1, spent $108,033 and has $756,022 in the bank. A copy of the summary page was provided to the Beacon, which requires such documentation before reporting any fundraising numbers.
By comparison, her fundraising since taking office in January has been significantly above the norm among Missouri members of Congress in either party.
During the first three months of this year, for example, Wagner’s much smaller money-raising tally of $288,208 was still well above what other members of Congress from Missouri reported for that same period, although some still had more saved in the bank.
(Even Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. – generally the state’s top Democrat in money-raising -- collected less than Wagner during the first three months of this year. That might not be the case this time around, since the senator appears to have been more active this quarter in collecting money.)
Wagner spokesman's Patrick Howell said that her money-raising success reflects her leadership skills and that “she’s really earned the respect of her colleagues.” Wagner was chosen as the leader among House freshmen after last November's election.
While impressive, Wagner’s money-raising prowess – notable for a House first-termer -- still lags far behind that of top House leaders. For example, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, reported raising $2.38 million during the first three months of this year.
On Monday, the new fundraising figures will show how well Wagner’s new numbers stack up, in Missouri and elsewhere.