Even though she is not up for reelection until 2016…Senator Barbara Mikulski raised $191-thosuand in the first three months of this year.
That is far more than the $77-hundred for the last period last year.
The Baltimore Sun reports that her filing with the Federal Election Commission represents more than twice what she raised in all of 2011.
And, that is with a history of picking up 60 percent of the vote in her elections reaching back to the 1970’s.
There has been a number of first-time donations from political action committee…including an association for assisted living facilities, one of the nation’s largest energy companies and a leading cement supplier.
After being appointed chair of the Appropriations Committee, Mikulski is expected to take on more responsibility for her party’s prospects in the coming four years.
The committee does not have the influence it once did with earmarks but the paper reports that the Maryland Democrat is expected to contribute more to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as well as getting involved in competitive races outside of the state.
Mikulski admitted to the paper, “I’m a hot ticket and I’m getting ready for 2016.”