With the first quarter of 2011 in the books, it’s reporting time of one sort or another.
For this post, I look at the reporting numbers of the fine folks in Congress who want to be reelected when November 2012 rolls around.
Yes, I know, there was just an election over three months ago, but the 2012 cycle has already started. Therefore, the people who were elected to got to Washington to shake things up have to do the same thing that American politicians have had to do since the Republic was founded – pass the hat around and ask for money.
UPI has this story that states that the GOP freshman have, on average, raised only $176,000 from January to March 2011. This contrasts with the freshman Democrats of 1Q2009 who took in $287,000 and $242,000 in 1Q2007.
However, that figure of $176K is only an average, so there must be some someone who is on the high-end of that scale and indeed there is such a person.
According to this story from TheHill.com, Congressman David McKinley, a Republican from West Virginia, topped all freshmen Representatives by bringing in $536,000 during the first three months of this year.
Since the 112th Congress has only been in session for about one hundred days, this means that, on average, Mr. McKinley has brought in $5,360 (there’s your number for the day) in campaign cash per day since he has been in Congress.
I guess that’s how you show you’re a DC outsider – by asking for money.
In fact, Mr. McKinley has already started his 2012 campaign – and there is still 567 days to go until Election Day 2012 – which makes me wonder how much time Mr. McKinley spends passing the hat around for cash and how much time he spends actually doing any legislating.
I’d love to ask him, but Congress is on recess for the next two weeks.