Lautenberg Has Light Year-End Fundraising Haul

According to a fundraising report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Jan. 24, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) raised just a shade more than $11,000 during the final three months of 2012, Roll Call reported

As Roll Call noted, it would be a meager total for an incumbent with re-election aspirations —  although Lautenberg has not revealed if he will seek a sixth term next year. Of course, as one of the richest members of Congress, Lautenberg is more than capable of bankrolling his own campaign. If he does opt to run, he will likely face Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker (D), who’s already announced that he will explore a run for Lautenberg’s seat in 2014, in a Democratic primary. 

Booker’s campaign rollout has sparked tension with Lautenberg, who insinuated last month that the high-profile mayor deserved a spanking. Polls thus far have shown that New Jersery Democrats overwhelmingly prefer Booker to be the party’s nominee in the Senate race.


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