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Connecticut U.S. Reps. Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro and John Larson at the 2016 Democratic convention. Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

Washington – Their elevation to the majority, and to powerful subcommittee chairmanships, have not given Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers a boost in campaign fundraising — at least not yet.

According to the latest reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission, Reps. John Larson, D-1st District, Joe Courtney, D- 2nd District, Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, and Jim Himes, D-4th District have all started the new campaign cycle with healthy fundraising totals for the first quarter of this year.

But the amount of money they have raised is not higher, and donations from political action committees are actually fewer, than the amount of campaign cash the lawmakers raised during the same period two years ago.

Larson, who is the chairman of the Social Security subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, raised $104,000 from political action committees in the last quarter. In the first quarter of 2017, Larson raised nearly $117,000 from PACs.

Still, Larson raised a total of about $170,000 in the first quarter and reported about $383,000 in cash-on-hand as of March 31.

Both Larson and Courtney are spending part of a two-week break on a congressional delegation trip headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Britain and Ireland.

It was DeLauro who reported raising more money than any member of Connecticut’s delegation to the U.S. House this year. She started the quarter with less than $17,000 in her campaign war chest, but raised $202, 587 in the first three months of the year, about $69,000 from PACs, and ended the quarter with nearly $140,000 in cash on hand.

Like her Connecticut colleagues, DeLauro, who is now a “cardinal” or chairman of an Appropriations subcommittee, raised more money from PACs, nearly $86,000, during the same period two years ago.

Courtney raised $82,167 in first quarter, $50,000 from PACs, and reported $779,055 in cash-on-hand at the end of the quarter.

Joe is grateful for the strong support that has helped build one of the highest levels of cash on hand in the Connecticut House delegation,” said Nick Boreen, finance director for Courtney’s campaign. “As we move into the next election cycle, we will continue to build on that record of support.”

Himes raised $107,338,  nearly $50,000 from PACs, and had $2.4 million in his war chest at the end of the reporting period. Both Courtney, the chairman of a House Armed Services subcommittee, and Himes, the chairman of an Intelligence subcommittee, raised more money, from individuals and PACs, in the first quarter of 2017.

Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-5th District, who is starting her congressional career this year, raised $161,118. Although she’s said she’s been too busy to spend much time on fundraising, Hayes raised $70,000 from PACs, many of them from teachers’ unions and other labor groups.

About half of the money that came from individuals, some $43,902, was donated by supporters who gave less than $50 and did not have to be identified individually under FEC rules.

“I could not be more pleased about our first quarter numbers,” Hayes said in a statement. “We raised over seventy-five percent of our contributions in just four days.”

Hayes received $27,000 in donations from fellow lawmakers, including Courtney, Himes and Sen. Chris Murphy. Hayes also received contributions from the top three Democrats in the U.S. House, Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., an indication the leadership seeks to foster good relations with this member of the freshman class.

“I’m so grateful for the help from a number of my congressional colleagues,” Hayes said.. “They understand the importance of my work for the people of Connecticut’s Fifth District and their confidence in me is humbling.”

Hayes carried over more than $556,000 in campaign funds from last year and ended the quarter with more than $615,000 in cash on hand.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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