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With a third quarter haul of more than $528,000, Congressman Joe Cunningham has raised approximately $2 million towards his re-election bid for South Carolina’s First Congressional District -- all without taking a single dime from PACs or special interests. 


Cunningham raised $528,862 in the third quarter of 2019, bringing his overall haul to $1.9 million since being elected last November. The Cunningham campaign has $1.3 million cash on hand and Cunningham is set to eclipse his entire 2018 fundraising total of $2.3 million. 

October 15th, 2019 - Joe Cunningham Raises More Than $528,000 in Q3 Without a Dime of PAC Money

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Congressman Joe Cunningham (SC-01) is one of the most bipartisan Democrats in Congress and the most bipartisan Democratic freshman in Congress, according to a new report from Quorum Analytics reviewing the first seven months of the 116th Congress.


“Joe promised to put Lowcountry over party when he ran for Congress, and now he’s walking the walk,” said Cunningham Campaign Manager Allie Watters. “Not enough elected officials keep their promises, but Joe is proving he’s different.”

August 27th, 2019 - Joe Cunningham Recognized as One of the Most Bipartisan Members of Congress


Now, Cunningham is working hard to keep that promise with H.R. 1941, a bill titled the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act. It’s out of the Natural Resources Committee and will be voted on by the House when it returns from recess the week of September 9. 

If passed, offshore drilling will be banned along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. It’s also co-sponsored by 51 additional representatives, including Francis Rooney, a Floridian Republican.

August 1st, 2019 - Joe Cunningham's First Big Test in Congress Could Save America's Oceans

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Cunningham already has $1 million cash-on-hand for 2020 re-election.


South Carolina Congressman Joe Cunningham (SC-1) announced his campaign raised more than $615,000 in the second quarter of 2019, giving him roughly $1 million cash on hand. In total, Cunningham has raised more than $1.3 million since his election in November of 2018 without taking a dime from special interest PAC money.

July 9th, 2019 - Joe Cunningham Raises $1.3 Million in First Six Months of 2019 Without a Single Dime of PAC Money


Congressman Joe Cunningham (SC-1) was endorsed today by the leading environmental advocacy organization in the country, the League of Conservation Voters. The endorsement is another sign of how effective Cunningham has been since taking office on issues related to protecting the Lowcountry coastline and economy.

June 10, 2019 - Congressman Joe Cunningham Receives Endorsement from League of Conservation Voters


While most of the Congressman’s time is spent working in Washington, D.C., or at his Mt. Pleasant office, he takes time on days off to engage with people in various areas across his district, which spans five counties. According to Cunningham, it’s easy to “get stuck in that D.C. bubble,” but meeting with constituents and discussing their concerns is one way for him to refocus on the Lowcountry.

May 14, 2019 - Summerville residents have coffee talk with Rep. Cunningham


U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham campaigned on a promise to reject corporate political action committee money, pledging not to take “one dime from any PACs or special interest groups.”

Even so, that didn’t stop the PAC for Publix supermarkets from trying to give Charleston’s congressman $1,000 on the final day of the fundraising quarter.

Cunningham’s campaign sent it back.

April 17, 2019 - Publix PAC tried to give SC’s Joe Cunningham $1,000. He rejected it.


Cunningham has been picked to be the lead sponsor of the offshore drilling ban proposal that House Democrats have committed to advancing in the months ahead. He was chosen among a number of other colleagues who also have expressed an interest in promoting legislation to prohibit the practice.

March 25, 2019 - Dems give vulnerable Joe Cunningham a gift: A chance to deliver a top campaign pledge​


“This could be the reality here, of oil rigs and oil spills off the beach,” Mr. Cunningham said. “An oil spill could just decimate the area, and all of a sudden instead of people coming to Charleston, South Carolina, they high-tail it down to Florida or somewhere else.”

January 13, 2019 - An Ocean Engineer and a Nuclear Physicist Walk Into Congress …


Rep. Joe Cunningham (D) became the first Democrat to win this Charleston district in nearly 30 years by running on local issues. Also helpful to him was a nasty Republican primary in which, after a tweet from Trump, GOP voters ousted Rep. Mark Sanford in favor of a more pro-Trump choice.


Republicans are excited about two Republicans running, state Rep. Nancy Mace and a local councilwoman, Kathy Landing. Trump won this district by 13 points, but like all the Democrats on this list, Cunningham is doing what he needs to make it a fight for Republicans. He has raised $1.3 million so far.

August 23rd, 2019 - The top 10 House races of 2020

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Congressman Joe Cunningham has named current Finance Director and College of Charleston Alumna Allie Watters as Campaign Manager for the 2020 campaign cycle. 

August 27th, 2019 - Joe Cunningham Names Allie Watters Campaign Manager for 2020 Re-Election Campaign

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Vulnerable freshman Democrat U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham of Charleston raised more than $615,000 in the second quarter of 2019 in his campaign to hold on to his coastal congressional seat. 

Cunningham’s campaign announced this week having more than $980,000 cash on hand. Detailed campaign finance reports are due Monday.

All told, Cunningham’s campaign announced it had raised nearly $1.4 million from more than 2,500 donors since he pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2018 election, reclaiming a seat that had been held by Republicans since 1981.

July 10th, 2019 - SC Democrat who flipped US House seat has $1M in the bank for 2020 re-election


Democrats had support from Republican leaders and many of their own members, but the issue threatened to alienate newer Democrats like Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., who do not want to be seen voting to give themselves a raise.

"The people of the Lowcountry sent me to Congress to ban offshore drilling, help our veterans, and get things done for the 1st District," Cunningham said. "One thing they didn't send me up here to do is raise my own salary."

Cunningham is one of many new members who helped convince leadership to hold off on the bill.

June 12th, 2019 - Newer Democrats Oppose Plan To Give Lawmakers A Raise


In South Carolina, Mr. Cunningham’s central issue has been banning offshore drilling, a move that won him favor with Republican mayors in his district who opposed Mr. Trump’s call for expansion of drilling. The Trump administration’s plan has since been sidelined, but Mr. Cunningham, a 37-year-old former ocean engineer, still plans to push for a full ban. ‘We’re fighting it on all fronts,’ through courts, legislation and social media, he said. Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll, a Republican, said he is a fan. ‘Hopefully Congressman Cunningham is the future of Washington,’ he said. ‘I support him 100%.

May 31, 2019 - Freshman Democrats From Trump Country Plot Their 2020 Survival


U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham approached the podium to a good deal of cheering and applause, perhaps for his politics, or maybe just for the hint of something new that he brings to the table as the area's first Democratic representative since the '80s.

May 24, 2019 - Spoleto Festival USA 2019 kicks off with a call to embrace the arts from Joe Cunningham


Fortunately, Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., upheld a central campaign promise by introducing a bill in March that would permanently close Atlantic waters to offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration.

April 14, 2019 - Stop offshore oil any way we can | Editorial

A hearing on the threat seismic testing poses to North Atlantic right whales was plodding along Thursday when, seemingly out of nowhere, Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) pulled out an air horn and politely asked if he could blast it.

March 7, 2019 - A Trump official said seismic air gun tests don’t hurt whales. So a congressman blasted him with an air horn.


South Carolina’s new Democratic congressman on Tuesday unveiled his plans for keeping offshore drilling and seismic testing blasts away from the state’s coastline with a bill that would ban such action for 10 years.

January 8, 2019 - Amid shutdown, U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham promises to file bill banning offshore drilling


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