Top Fundraising Senate Campaigns in 2009

Sen. Chuck Schumer raised the most cash last year.

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The 2010 midterm elections are just beginning to heat up, but fundraising has been going strong for a long time. The Federal Election Commission recently released the top 50 senate campaigns in terms of fundraising in 2009. New York Democrat Chuck Schumer's campaign came in first with $10,091,158. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who is in a battle to keep his seat came in second with $9,556,523. And Charlie Crist who is running for Senate in Florida came in third despite facing tough resistance from Republican and Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio. Recently, Crist decided to drop out of the Republican primary and run as an independent. Some donors are asking for their money back.

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

Rank Candidate State Party Incumbent/Challenger/Open Seat Receipts
1 Chuck Schumer NY DEM INCUMBENT $10,091,158
2 Harry Reid NV DEM INCUMBENT $9,556,523
3 Charlie Crist FL REP OPEN $8,999,140
4 *Steve Pagliuca MA DEM OPEN $8,385,350
5 Rob Portman OH REP OPEN $7,654,320
6 Kirsten Gillibrand NY DEM INCUMBENT $7,147,236
7 Linda McMahon CT REP OPEN $6,537,661
8 Arlen Specter PA DEM INCUMBENT $5,990,170
9 Barbara Boxer CA DEM INCUMBENT $5,880,591
10 Blanche Lincoln AR DEM INCUMBENT $5,515,076
11 *Martha Coakley MA DEM OPEN $5,236,955
12 John McCain AZ REP INCUMBENT $5,030,669
13 Kendrick Meek FL DEM OPEN $4,968,786
14 Pat Toomey PA REP CHALLENGER $4,868,992
15 Michael Bennet CO DEM INCUMBENT $4,824,998
16 Mark Kirk IL REP OPEN $4,784,639
17 Roy Blunt MO REP OPEN $4,643,873
18 David Vitter LA REP INCUMBENT $4,455,511
19 Patty Murray WA DEM INCUMBENT $4,393,302
20 Richard Burr NC REP INCUMBENT $4,244,082
21 Robin Carnahan MO DEM OPEN $4,029,463
22 *Michael Capuano MA DEM OPEN $3,937,937
23 John Thune SD REP INCUMBENT $3,750,834
24 Carly Fiorina CA REP CHALLENGER $3,584,133
25 Alexander Giannoulias IL DEM OPEN $3,576,259
26 Richard Shelby AL REP INCUMBENT $3,567,056
27 Marco Rubio FL REP OPEN $3,377,857
28 Lee Fisher OH DEM OPEN $3,349,619
29 Russ Feingold WI DEM INCUMBENT $3,049,467
30 *Alan Khazei MA DEM OPEN $2,907,021
31 Chuck Grassley IA REP INCUMBENT $2,869,517
32 Johnny Isakson GA REP INCUMBENT $2,864,186
33 Daniel Inouye HI DEM INCUMBENT $2,860,239
34 Ron Wyden OR DEM INCUMBENT $2,694,632
35 Robert Simmons CT REP OPEN $2,355,462
36 Jack Conway KY DEM OPEN $2,336,399
37 Jim DeMint SC REP INCUMBENT $2,335,172
38 Paul Hodes NH DEM OPEN $2,322,697
39 Todd Tiahrt KS REP OPEN $2,214,950
40 Pat Leahy VT DEM INCUMBENT $2,187,070
41 David Hoffman IL DEM OPEN $2,170,267
42 Bob Bennett UT REP INCUMBENT $2,039,902
43 Charlie Melancon LA DEM CHALLENGER $1,962,861
44 Jerry Moran KS REP OPEN $1,838,394
45 Rand Paul KY REP OPEN $1,774,651
46 Tom Coburn OK REP INCUMBENT $1,698,158
47 Trey Grayson KY REP OPEN $1,694,443
48 Mike Crapo ID REP INCUMBENT $1,652,568
49 Lisa Murkowski AK REP INCUMBENT $1,649,225
50 Tom Ganley OH REP OPEN $1,625,011

*SPECIAL ELECTION