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.