Washington (CNN) – Though Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe hasn't drawn a Democratic challenger yet, she's plenty prepared for a re-election battle. According to fundraising numbers for the first quarter released Monday, Maine's third term senator has over $2 million in cash on hand.
Snowe raised $877,019 in the first quarter of 2011 and spent $62,433 on her 2012 U.S. Senate campaign. She will report $2,050,053 in cash on hand 17 months before the Senate election, according to numbers released by her office.
Snowe for Senate Treasurer Rick Bennett said, "It's a good start for her campaign fundraising effort. The total raised really signals how seriously committed she is and her supporters are to this race."
"The campaign needs to be prepared to tackle any challenges," he continued.
Challenges will come as early as the Senate primary for Snowe, who has been criticized within her party for not being conservative enough. Among her alleged offenses: early support of health care reform, though she voted "no" in the final floor vote.
Two Tea Party challengers have announced bids to unseat Sen. Snowe in February: Andrew Ian Dodge, former state coordinator for Maine's Tea Party Patriots, and Scott D'Amboise, a business owner supported by the Maine Tea Party.
Dodge, a freelance writer who called Snowe "almost as bad as Obama" and accused her of selling out the Republican Party, did not respond to requests for information on his campaign fundraising totals. D'Amboise also could not be reached for comment.
The deadline for filing federal campaign finance reports for the quarter ending March 31 is on Friday.
She's the Republican who voted for health care. The Ultra-right-wing-tea-patriot nutcases must really hate her. I cant wait for them to spend $$Millions$$ on getting whatever Quack they dig up to run against her for the GOP nomination. That's money that wont be spent in other disctrict where maybe the Teatards have a ghost of a chance of getting someone in office. Regarless, even if they do nab the GOP nomination in Maine, the people there are a lot smarter than these Neo-Nationalist Extremist TeaTards would give them credit for.
These teatards should have learned their lesson when they elected Sen. Brown. New England is predominantly democratic territory. Republicans get elected there solely on economic issues. You stand no chance of winning in New England if you bring up any social issues. Therefore, Sen. Snowe will have no problem getting re-elected. And as far as I can tell, there is going to be alot of social issues on the table this election cycle revolving around the budget.
To bad she doesn't run for President and rid us of the inexperienced youngster in that office now...
I wondered why this was news. The GOT Party has its' sights on yet another seat in Congress.
"Really? With all that "birther" stuff? Who would vote for him???"
Have you not been paying attention? The GOP is full of birther madness and other nonsense. THEY ARE DESPERATE. They can't stand the thought of a black POTUS. Just look at the polls CNN is hyping today and the articles this week: THEY ARE STILL FIGHTING THE CIVIL WAR. Republicans/conservatives are not only still in denial of the truth about why it was fought and refuse to accept verifiable historical record and expert opinions, but they have spent a century and a half absolutely refusing to accept that the issues of things like the Supremacy Clause, nullification, etc., HAVE BEEN SETTLED. You people thought I was crazy and just being bombastic when I said that before. God am I loving those poll results. I TOLD YOU SO. It would be fun gettign to say that if it wasn't also true that WE'RE LETTING THEM WIN IT THIS TIME BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE TOO STUPID, SELF-CENTERED AND LAZY TO RECOGNIZE IT.
BTW, and by "win it," I quite literall mean that after the Civil War (not to mention 1964), the these people decided that, "well, if we can't be selective about who has to be slaves and/or second class citizens, we're just going to turn everyone into slaves and hand the country over to corprations to be their masters. At least by being the ones who bring it about, we assure our own asistocratic place in our utopian plutocracy."
That's good. If any Republican woman should run for President it should be Sen. Snowe.
Their “war chest” for reelection does not matter, they won’t have enough money to win. Obama, the Democrats in the house and the 23 Senators up for election in 2012 better understand their jobs are on the line, we are watching how they vote, they will be replaced. We are at depression levels of employment in America our government debt is at crisis levels.
Screams of "RINO" "throw her out" and "she worked with Democrats and is therefore evil" to come..... The purification of the GOP will continue as the Borg drone army grows
I use to like her but now I see her as a weak lady to the gop men wtf is wrong with the gop women bachman is a crazy man and the rest of the women are weak as hell
Good for Olympia! A sane person in the Republican party and I wish her well; there are so few of them. But it's good to see that people back home appreciate her. I'm not a Republican, but I do believe in a two-party system. The only problem is that the two parties have to be on this planet, and lately many in the Congress are so other-worldly that it is downright frightening.
The fact that she is willing to work with people on both sides of the isle makes her a person to admire. What is needed more in this country is a greater level of cooperation. Ideologues on either side fail to see this. The "tea partiers" don't understand that there is much they get from the government that helps them.
She's going to need it. Her policies contributed to Obama's reckless spending spree and she is part of the reason we have an economy in ruins.
" Dodge, a freelance writer who called Snowe "almost as bad as Obama" and accused her of selling out the Republican Party, did not respond to requests for information on his campaign fundraising totals. D'Amboise also could not be reached for comment."
What a surprise: I guess the Koch Brothers have not figured out which puppet will be easier to control. What these idiots don't get is that they will certainly hand the seat to the Dems, or Snowe will run as an independent and caucus with the GOP like Lisa Murkowski. Maine has a reputation for independence, and, with the exception of the current idiot occupying the governor's mansion in Augusta, they hate ideologically-based politics. Potential pickup for the Dems, courtesy of the Teatards.
she is very rational....you remember, on health care or some, i do not recollect, but she voted for favor.....for Obama...once...she is sounding rational and good gal....
when is her district finally going to put a nail in this woman's senate coffin! time for someone new!!! wake up america!
I love it..."Just as bad as Obama." Why? Because she doesn't just vote the party line and go along with what everyone else does? She actually thinks for herself and keeps the needs and wants of her constituents in mind?
Just as bad as Obama. By my account, neither of them are bad at all.
I can't imagine the Dems wanting to spend campaign dollars trying to replace a moderate, and the sack suckers don't have a chance of convincing the moderate republican and independant voters who continue to vote this very qualified senator into office to opt for one of their extremists.