We Won, Now Please Give to 2014 Campaign

Thought you’d get a break from political fundraising requests after Nov. 6? Think again.

Though the next federal elections are 23 months away and newly elected House members haven’t even taken office yet, the freshmen are already raising money for 2014. Their flurry of emails encourages donors to give before Dec. 31, the end of the next campaign finance reporting period.

While some candidates are continuing to raise money to pay off their 2012 bills, others are already looking ahead to their re-election campaigns.

“Even just $5 can make an impact to make sure the media, pundits and our opponents know that we have what it takes,” wrote Patrick Murphy, the Florida Democrat who defeated Tea Party favorite and freshman Republican Allen West.

“Republicans are already chomping at the bit to take this seat back,” warned another Democrat, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, who ousted freshman Republican Nan Hayworth. “We need to send the message that this seat is not in play.”

For the record, political analyst Charlie Cook has already rated Murphy’s district a toss-up in 2014 and gives Maloney a slight edge for re-election.

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