Just as Mitt Romney recently topped President Barack Obama in fundraising, Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock outraised his Democratic contender, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), by more than $700,000 last quarter in the Indiana race for U.S. Senate.
Mourdock, a Republican, brought in $1.6 million in the last three months, compared with Donnelly's $900,000, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.
Despite Mourdock's impressive totals, the numbers also reflect positively on Donnelly, who had failed to raise more than $400,000 in the last two quarters. Donnelly and his team are confident he has a better shot against Mourdock than he would have had against outgoing Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). Mourdock beat Lugar in the GOP primary in May.
Donnelly may also have more cash on hand than his competition. Going into the quarter, he had $801,099 in the bank, compared with Mourdock's $255,193 in cash and $301,011 in debt, according to the NWI Politics. The current cash-on-hand information has not yet been released.
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Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.)
Duffy, a former contestant on MTV's "Real World" who entered Congress last year, drew criticism when he told constituents that he struggles on his $174,000 a year salary. "I drive a used minivan," <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/03/29/154368/rep-sean-duffy-complains-about-his-salary/" target="_hplink">he said</a> during a town hall meeting last March. "If you think I'm living high off the hog, I've got one paycheck. So I struggle to meet my bills right now."
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
After the Department of Health and Human Services announced new guideliens that would require health insurers to do away with co-pays for birth control, King took to the House floor in August to express his concerns with the policy. "Preventing babies from being born is not medicine," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/02/steve-king-free-birth-control_n_916519.html" target="_hplink">he said.</a> "That's not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we're a dying civilization." King's comments weren't his first to raise eyebrows. The Iowa congressman has also described same-sex marriage as a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/24/steve-king-gay-marriage-i_n_298372.html" target="_hplink">"purely socialist concept,"</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/23/steve-king-the-year-in-cr_n_622666.html?ref=steve-king#s104351&title=King_Accuses_Obama" target="_hplink">called </a>President Barack Obama a racist, claiming that he "favors the black person." King was also the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/08/rep-steve-king-lone-vote_n_227866.html" target="_hplink">only congressman</a> to not acknowledge the role slaves played in constructing the U.S. Capitol.
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.)
West has quickly become one of the most outspoken freshmen in Congress, making a number of offensive comments about his colleagues. In his first year of office, West <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/19/allen-west-debbie-wasserman-schultz_n_904047.html" target="_hplink">incited</a> a feud with fellow Floridian and DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/18/allen-west-harriet-tubman_n_930052.html" target="_hplink">called</a> Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) a "plantation overseer," and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/16/allen-west-goebbels-democrats-nazi-propaganda_n_1154476.html" target="_hplink">compared</a> Democrats to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. West began 2012 on a similar foot. During a dinner with the Palm Beach County GOP, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/28/allen-west-liberals-get-out-florida-primary-2012_n_1239247.html" target="_hplink">he said</a> that liberals like President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should "get the hell out of the United States of America."
Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.)
Last fall, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/08/joe-walsh-screams-at-cons_n_1083014.html?1321280921" target="_hplink">a video</a> of Walsh screaming at some of his constituents went viral. After one attendee at a "Cup of Joe with Joe Walsh" event in Gurnee, Illinois asked Walsh about the role of bank regulation in the financial collapse, Walsh launched into a rant. "Don't blame the banks ... that pisses me off," he said. "It's not the private marketplace that created this mess. What created [this] mess was your government." Walsh has also caught heat for his <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/7656284-418/judge-scolds-rep-joe-walsh-orders-him-to-prove-he-doesnt-owe-back-child-support.html" target="_hplink">refusal to pay child support</a> to his former wife. Walsh's ex-wife, Laura, has said that the congressman now owes over $100,000.
Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.)
Guinta, formerly the mayor of Manchester, was included on the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's <a href="http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/mostcorrupt/entry/Frank-Guinta-report" target="_hplink">list</a> of most corrupt members of Congress, citing an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/13/gop-candidate-frank-guint_n_681246.html" target="_hplink">unreported personal bank account</a> with hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets and loans he made to his own campaign.
Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.)
Cravaack came under fire last summer for hosting <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61454.html" target="_hplink">private events</a> in Duluth, Minnesota -- his district's most populous city -- including a $10-per-head meeting, but no public town halls. The congressman had previously campaigned on the <a href="http://www.startribune.com/templates/Print_This_Story?sid=106630083" target="_hplink">platform</a> that members of Congress should be more in touch with their constituents. Cravaack eventually folded under pressure from protesters and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/23/chip-cravaack-town-hall-meeting_n_934411.html" target="_hplink">scheduled</a> a public town hall. The congressman was also criticized for moving his family to <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/davidcatanese/0711/Cravaack_family_moves_to_New_Hampshire_.html" target="_hplink">New Hampshire</a>, although he had made his opponent former Rep. Jim Oberstar's residency in his district an issue in his 2010 congressional campaign.
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.)
Fitzpatrick has drawn the ire of many left-leaning activists for his steadfast alignment with the Tea Party-centered policies pushed with the help of freshman representatives ushered in by 2010's wave elections. His tenure in Congress also began with controversy, when it was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/06/two-house-republicans-vot_n_805423.html" target="_hplink">reported</a> that he'd missed his own swearing in ceremony because he was at a fundraiser.
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.)
Lungren has established himself as a key target of Democrats because of his staunch anti-abortion views. His votes against women's choice and health have led CREDO to label him "California's Rick Santorum."