Why Candidates for Congress Are Announcing Campaigns This Week

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House Energy and Commerce Committee member Rep. Bill Cassidy, left, greets Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, right, before a hearing about the impact of the health care reform act on states on March 1, 2011 in Washington, DC.

There’s been a spurt of 2014 candidacy announcements for Congress this week.

Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican, said today that he’ll challenge Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Tony Strickland, a former California Republican legislator, and Pete Aguilar, a California Democrat who’s the mayor of Redlands, announced rematches of races they lost last year.

Florida Democrat Gwen Graham, a daughter of former governor and senator Bob Graham, disclosed plans to run against Republican Rep. Steve Southerland.

Here’s one reason why candidates are coming out of the woodwork this week: A new three-month fundraising cycle opened April 1.

By initiating fundraising efforts this week, new candidates have a full quarter to raise money through the end of June, when they’ll want to brandish a robust amount as an early sign of political strength.

And they won’t have to file fundraising reports, including donor lists, until July 15.

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