Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's campaign reports that he raised $780,000 in the second quarter of the year, leaving him with $2.2 million in cash on hand. It's a good figure for the incumbent, who is trying mightily to build an air of invincibility.
“It’s an incredible honor to represent Rhode Islanders in the Senate and I’m humbled by the support I’ve received from every corner of our Ocean State,” said Whitehouse, in a statement. “Rhode Islanders can count on me to keep fighting for the policies and principles they believe in: putting people back to work, protecting Social Security and Medicare, ending tax giveaways for big oil corporations, and so much more.”
Note the quick capitalization on his recent, high-profile rhetoric in defense of Social Security and Medicare amid talk of budget-deal entitlement cuts.
Meanwhile, Scott over at WRNI reports that Brendan Doherty, the Republican mounting a challenge to Congressman David Cicilline, is reporting a strong first quarter of $300,000 - about $50,000 of it his own money - that should give a real boost to his credibility. Cicilline is expected to report a similar haul.