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- Sen. Dianne Feinstein raised less than $600 at the end of 2022, according to new campaign filings.
- She’s stayed quiet about running again, but if she were, she’d probably raise more cash than that.
- Meanwhile, the Democrats running for her seat are some of the best fundraisers in American politics.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California raised just $558.91 in the final months of 2022, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday.
Feinstein, who is the longest-serving Democratic senator and would be 91 on election day in 2024, has declined to say whether she will seek re-election next year. And she’s given conflicting answers when asked by reporters at the Capitol.
But altogether, her campaign — conspicuously named “Feinstein for Senate 2024” — reported having just $9,968.56 in cash on hand.
That’s not exactly a campaign war chest, nor is it anywhere close to enough money to wage a healthy campaign in a state of nearly 40 million people and over a dozen media markets. For comparison, Feinstein raised over $16 million for her 2018 race against fellow Democrat Kevin De Leon.
If Feinstein chooses to shock the world and run again, she would be facing some already well-heeled primary opponents. Both Democratic Reps. Katie Porter and Adam Schiff are fundraising juggernauts, raising around $25 million apiece during the most recent campaign cycle.
All in all, Feinstein’s meager fundraising haul seems to indicate that she’s unlikely to run again.
Indeed, the 89-year-old Democrat declined to seek the job of president pro tempore — a largely ceremonial post that nonetheless puts its occupant third in line to the presidency — despite being next in line by long-standing Senate tradition. Democrats instead gave the job to Patty Murray, the next most senior Democratic senator.
Feinstein has also been dogged by reports of her cognitive decline and memory. Insider asked Feinstein about the job of president pro tempore in December, and she appeared unaware that her office had already issued a statement making clear that she wouldn’t seek the job. Last year, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer publicly declined to say whether he was confident in the California Democrat’s ability to serve.