Top Fundraising House Campaigns in 2009

Joe Wilson raised the most campaign cash last year for his House re-election bid.

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With less than six months to go before the midterm elections, campaigns are fundraising tirelessly and have been for the past year. And some campaigns had a good leg up from fundraising efforts last year. The Federal Election Commission recently released the top 50 House campaigns in terms of fundraising in 2009. South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson's campaign came in first with $3,394,438 and his opponent, Robert Miller, whom he beat in a close race in 2008, is not too far behind. Miller's campaign came in 8th place, with $2,024,628. New York Democrat Scott Murphy, who was elected to Congress in a special election just last year, came in second, with $3,255,768. Minority Leader John Boehner came in 5th, with $2,386,209, ahead of Nancy Pelosi, whom he could replace as House Speaker if the GOP is able to take control of the House.

Here is the FEC's list of the top 50 house campaigns in 2009:

Rank Candidate State District Party Incumbent/Challenger/Open Seat Receipts
1 Joe Wilson SC 2 REP INCUMBENT $3,394,438
2 * Scott Murphy NY 20 DEM INCUMBENT $3,255,768
3 William Russell PA 12 REP OPEN $2,920,937
4 Eric Cantor VA 7 REP INCUMBENT $2,607,099
5 John Boehner OH 8 REP INCUMBENT $2,386,209
6 Alan Grayson FL 8 DEM INCUMBENT $2,369,652
7 Steny Hoyer MD 5 DEM INCUMBENT $2,326,752
8 Rob Miller SC 2 DEM CHALLENGER $2,024,628
9 * Judy Chu CA 32 DEM INCUMBENT $1,912,103
10 * Douglas Hoffman NY 23 REP OPEN $1,864,402
11 Charlie Rangel NY 15 DEM INCUMBENT $1,845,775
12 Jim Himes CT 4 DEM INCUMBENT $1,695,877
13 John Adler NJ 3 DEM INCUMBENT $1,669,162
14 James Clyburn SC 6 DEM INCUMBENT $1,658,993
15 Gary Peters MI 9 DEM INCUMBENT $1,572,983
16 Carolyn Maloney NY 14 DEM INCUMBENT $1,548,551
17 Michele Bachmann MN 6 REP INCUMBENT $1,545,929
18 Nancy Pelosi CA 8 DEM INCUMBENT $1,542,087
19 Howard Berman CA 28 DEM INCUMBENT $1,505,683
20 Patrick Murphy PA 8 DEM INCUMBENT $1,490,441
21 Bill Foster IL 14 DEM INCUMBENT $1,454,857
22 Allyson Schwartz PA 13 DEM INCUMBENT $1,449,004
23 Daniel Maffei NY 25 DEM INCUMBENT $1,438,618
24 * William Owens NY 23 DEM INCUMBENT $1,415,938
25 Mark Schauer MI 7 DEM INCUMBENT $1,413,971
26 Chet Edwards TX 17 DEM INCUMBENT $1,405,254
27 Ron Klein FL 22 DEM INCUMBENT $1,401,692
28 Michael McCaul TX 10 REP INCUMBENT $1,391,855
29 Douglas Pike PA 6 DEM CHALLENGER $1,360,304
30 Vern Buchanan FL 13 REP INCUMBENT $1,338,992
31 Barney Frank MA 4 DEM INCUMBENT $1,323,519
32 Shelley Berkley NV 1 DEM INCUMBENT $1,319,169
33 Zachary Space OH 18 DEM INCUMBENT $1,309,290
34 Christopher Murphy CT 5 DEM INCUMBENT $1,281,374
35 Jason Altmire PA 4 DEM INCUMBENT $1,267,458
36 Deborah Halvorson IL 11 DEM INCUMBENT $1,252,066
37 Joe Barton TX 6 REP INCUMBENT $1,247,588
38 * Joan Buchanan CA 10 DEM OPEN $1,247,542
39 Brad Goehring CA 11 REP CHALLENGER $1,230,934
40 John Larson CT 1 DEM INCUMBENT $1,224,365
41 Steve Israel NY 2 DEM INCUMBENT $1,222,862
42 Allen West FL 22 REP CHALLENGER $1,220,308
43 Michael McMahon NY 13 DEM INCUMBENT $1,201,234
44 * John Garamendi CA 10 DEM INCUMBENT $1,198,351
45 Gabrielle Giffords AZ 8 DEM INCUMBENT $1,191,378
46 Erik Paulsen MN 3 REP INCUMBENT $1,189,140
47 Patrick Tiberi OH 12 REP INCUMBENT $1,185,084
48 Betsy Markey CO 4 DEM INCUMBENT $1,179,897
49 Frank Pallone NJ 6 DEM INCUMBENT $1,172,643
50 Walt Minnick ID 1 DEM INCUMBENT $1,163,564

*SPECIAL ELECTION ACTIVITY