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March 30, 2015

DCCC to Hit Republicans on College Campuses

Lujan is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Luján is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats will launch a series of attacks on Republicans over college affordability over the next two weeks, when members of Congress will fan out across the country for the Easter recess.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will hit 15 Republicans via advertisements in student newspapers at colleges and universities in their districts, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call. The ads attack these Republicans for not supporting Pell Grants — which provide funding for low-income students working toward undergraduate degrees.

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March 23, 2015

Democrats’ Florida Senate Hopes Could Cost House Seat

Murphy’s Senate bid is opening up his competitive House district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Senate recruitment victory for Democrats in Florida could, in turn, jeopardize the party’s quest for the House majority.

Rep. Patrick Murphy, a favorite of national Democrats for the state’s potentially open-seat Senate race, is announcing his statewide campaign Monday. That opens up the Treasure Coast-based House seat Murphy held for the past two cycles — one of just five Democrat-controlled House districts Mitt Romney carried in 2012.

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March 20, 2015

DCCC, NRCC Raise More Than $5 Million in February

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Both parties’ House campaign committees raised more than $5 million in February, the two organizations announced Friday.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s nearly $5.2 million haul brought its cash-on-hand total to nearly $6.4 million by the end of the month. It also paid down its debt to $6.5 million.

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March 18, 2015

Staff Decamp Vulnerable Democrat’s Office Over Fundraising Concerns (Updated)

Ashford is a Democrat from Nebraska (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Ashford is a Democrat from Nebraska. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:26 p.m. | One of the House’s most vulnerable members is shedding staff at a rapid clip, just months after he arrived in Congress.

Three top-level staffers in Rep. Brad Ashford’s office have left since his swearing-in on Jan. 6. The exits include Ashford’s chief of staff and two communications directors, who departed over the past few weeks. All are frustrated with what was described as the Nebraska Democrat’s unwillingness to fundraise for an ultra-competitive re-election campaign.

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March 9, 2015

DCCC in Talks With California House Candidate

Valadao is a Republican from California. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Valadao is a Republican from California. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Democrats are courting a third recruit for a top California House race, after two other potential candidates recently took themselves out of contention.

Fowler Mayor Pro-Tem Daniel Parra is considering challenging GOP Rep. David Valadao in the Central Valley-based 21st District, according to a source with knowledge of Parra’s plans.

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A House Republican Moves Closer to Middle

Dold, Left, attended a news conference introducing a bipartisan gun control bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Dold, left, attended a news conference introducing a bipartisan gun control bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

While some GOP lawmakers veer right for fear of primary threats, one vulnerable House Republican continues to inch closer to other end of his party’s spectrum for political survival.

Last week, Illinois Rep. Robert Dold, one of the most endangered House Republicans, signed onto a bipartisan bill that would expand background checks for gun purchasers. It was the latest in a series of moves by Dold — now serving his second, non-consecutive term — that showcased his moderate stripes.

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March 3, 2015

Top Democratic Campaign Staffers Chart 2016 Paths

Tester is the chairman of the DSCC (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tester is the chairman of the DSCC (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Democrats relegated to the minority in both chambers for the first time since 2006, the two top staffers at the party’s House and Senate campaign arms charted a path back to the majority during an EMILY’s List event Tuesday.

Tom Lopach, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Kelly Ward, who’s holding the same position at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for a second straight cycle, have a similar goal — but starkly different odds of achieving it. Full story

DCCC Robocalls Target GOP on DHS Funding

Luján is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will launch robocalls against more than two dozen House Republicans Tuesday over the Department of Homeland Security funding flap, according to a script of the call provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Many of the 29 targeted Republicans represent districts atop the DCCC’s list of pick up opportunities in 2016. Democrats must net 30 seats to win control of the House.

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February 20, 2015

DCCC Raises More Than NRCC in January

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Luján is the chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee brought in $2 million more than its GOP counterpart in January, according to reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.

The DCCC raised $6.4 million last month, while the National Republican Congressional Committee brought in $4.4 million over the same time period.

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February 12, 2015

Exclusive: DCCC Announces 14 Incumbents in Frontline Program

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Luján, right, is a Democrat from New Mexico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will announce Thursday the first 14 members who will join its Frontline program for the party’s most vulnerable incumbents, according to an early copy of a news release obtained by CQ Roll Call.

The incumbents represent competitive districts, making them likely GOP targets in 2016. The Frontline program,which Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., is chairman of,  provides these members with fundraising and organizational support for their re-elections.

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February 3, 2015

DCCC Picks Frontline Chairman to Protect Vulnerables

Kildee will work to protect vulnerable Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is naming Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee to be chairman of its Frontline program to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Dan Kildee has been helping his fellow Democrats since before he even got to Congress and we’re thrilled to have him leading our Frontline program,” DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján will say in a news release Tuesday. “You don’t add by subtracting, that’s why having Dan Kildee join our team and work to protect our Democratic incumbents is such an important piece of our strategy to make gains this cycle.”

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Illinois Democrat Hesitant on House Race

Bost is a freshman Republican from Illinois.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bost is a freshman Republican from Illinois. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, a potential Democratic recruit in a top pick-up opportunity for House Democrats in Illinois this cycle, demurred on the possibility of a bid next year.

Land of Lincoln Democrats are reportedly asking Simon to consider challenging freshman Rep. Mike Bost, the Republican swept into the 12th District in November. But fresh off a defeat for state comptroller last cycle, Simon said she is not yet ready to jump into a congressional race.

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January 29, 2015

Democrats Court Ex-Congressman for Rematch

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Schneider is a former member. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., visited Capitol Hill this week to meet with party leaders about a potential rematch in 2016, according to a House Democratic official.

Schneider was on Roll Call’s list of the 10 most vulnerable members in 2014. He ultimately lost re-election to Rep. Robert Dold, R-Ill., by a 2.5-point margin in November. But Democrats hope Schneider will run again in suburban Chicago’s 10th District — a prime pickup opportunity for the party in 2016.

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January 26, 2015

DCCC Announces Final Fundraising, Debt Figures for 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will report raising more than $206 million during the 2014 cycle — a record total, according to a committee aide.

The DCCC will start the 2016 cycle $10 million in debt. Also per the aide, that’s less than the $13.5 million in arrears the committee posted following the 2012 cycle.

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By Emily Cahn Posted at 10:54 a.m.
DCCC, Fundraising, NRCC

January 8, 2015

DCCC Kicks Off 2016 Recruitment

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Luján is a Democrat from New Mexico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats will formally start recruitment efforts for 2016 this week, kicking off with the cycle’s first meeting of new committee leadership and a weekend trip to Illinois to find prospective candidates.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will name Rep. Denny Heck of Washington as recruitment chairman for 2016, according to information provided first to CQ Roll Call. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois will aid the DCCC’s recruitment efforts as the national chairman for candidate services, and the committee’s chairman, Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, will take a leading role in seeking stellar candidates for 2016.  Full story

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