April 11. 2013 10:59AM

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Gov Bobby Jindal coming to NH; 'Shaheen machine' raised $1.23M in Q1

By John DiStaso
Senior Political Reporter

THURSDAY, APRIL 11: FIRST-IN-THE-NATION KICKOFF? Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, will be in New Hampshire on May 10 to raise money for the Republican Senate Majority Committee, the campaign committee for the state Senate GOP.

A source close to the event said Thursday it will be the single largest fund-raising event the Republican Senators have ever held. It will be held in the Manchester area, though no venue has been confirmed yet, the source said.

Jindal will be the first notable potential Republican presidential candidates to visit New Hampshire since the re-election of President Barack Obama last fall.

The NHGOP recently announced it is hosting another potential presidential candidate, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, for a fund-raiser on May 20. That event will also feature Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.


THURSDAY, APRIL 11: MITCH AT 'THE DRAFT.' U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucy will make a stop at state Sen. Andy Sanborn and Rep. Laurie Sanborn's Concord pub on April 19.

We've learned the Sanborns will host a fund-raiser for McConnell at The Draft at 4 p.m. on April 19. Co-hosts will be former Sen. John E. Sununu and U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta.

"Obviously, Laurie and I are exceptionally excited to be hosting the ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate as he works to regain a Republican majority in Senate in 2014," Andy Sanborn told us.

After the Sanborn event, McConnell will attend another fund-raiser hosted by former GOP Senate hopeful Bill Binnie.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11: THE SHAHEEN MACHINE ROLLS ON. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen had a big first quarter of 2013 on the fund-raising front as she looks ahead to a reelection bid next year.

The New Hampshire Democrat's campaign will report raising $1.23 million for the first quarter, from Jan. 1 through March 31, the Granite Status has learned.

The campaign will also report ending the quarter with $1.46 million cash on hand.

The campaign will announce later today that during the quarter it received contributions from 8,484 donors. It says nearly 92 percent of contributors are "grassroots donors who gave fewer than $250."

Her fund-raising in the first quarter doubled her total for the entire cycle since she was first elected in 2008. Her 2012 year-end report, through Dec. 31, showed cycle-to-date contributions of $1.22 million. That earlier report also showed cash on hand of $431,000.

Since the new fund-raising numbers reflect the period ending March 31, they do not include contributions Shaheen received since Republican former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown disclosed last week he is not ruling out establishing residency in New Hampshire and running against her next year.

Brown has a summer home in Rye.

Since the Brown announcement, the Shaheen campaign has stepped up its already-aggressive fund-raising efforts, including a "Granite Bomb" the campaign said last Sunday had doubled its $100,000 goal.

Shaheen campaign finance director Andy Darkins said Shaheen "is both proud and humbled to have so much grassroots enthusiasm behind her and her efforts to strengthen New Hampshire's small businesses and middle-class families.

"Senator Shaheen has always run aggressive, issue based campaigns and this one won't be any different," Darkins said. "The unprecedented amount of early support we're already seeing shows that we'll have the resources we need to run a winning campaign regardless of who our opponent is next year."

Shaheen this week was criticized by Republicans for a fund-raising email sent on her behalf by New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, who is under federal grand jury investigation for his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, according to The Washington Post. The NHGOP demanded she return any money raised via the Menendez email; the state Democratic Party called the Republican criticism and demand a "desperate" attack.

(For earlier Granite Status reports click on "Granite Status" above.)