Honda, left, has a Democratic challenger in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Updated 2:01 p.m. | Attorney Ro Khanna, a Democrat challenging longtime Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif., raised $504,000 in the third quarter, bringing his total cash on hand to $1.9 million, his campaign announced Tuesday.
It’s another impressive fundraising haul for Khanna, who brought in $1 million last quarter for the 17th District race. He’s raised $2.8 million total since entering the contest in this Northern California district, according to his campaign.
Koutoujian raised about $610,000, while Clark pulled in $616,000, which includes a $250,000 personal loan to her campaign, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Koutoujian reported $690,000 in cash on hand less than two weeks out from the Oct. 15 primary, while Clark reported $390,000.
According to Koutoujian’s campaign, about $560,000 of the funds raised in that three-month period are designated for the primary. The remaining $40,000 is reserved for a general election, according to federal campaign finance law.
Clark’s campaign says that of the $390,000 in cash on hand it has, $283,000 is designated for the primary.
Coffmann is a top Democratic target in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
House Majority PAC, a super PAC that aims to elect House Democrats, announced Thursday it will unleash a major advertising campaign against nine House Republicans over the shutdown.
The total buy is for a “mid-six figure” sum, according to the political action committee’s spokesman. It will run web and TV ads against Republican Reps. Mike Coffman of Colorado’s 6th District, Steve Southerland II of Florida’s 2nd, Joe Heck of Nevada’s 3rd and David Joyce of Ohio’s 14th.
The buy will also include a “Google and Bing search advertising campaign,” according to a news release, that will target those four Republicans members plus five more:
Rep. Gary G. Miller of California’s 31st District
Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois’ 13th District
Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania’s 8th District
Rep. Michael G. Grimm of New York’s 11th District
Rep. John Kline of Minnesota’s 2nd District
The television ads targeting Coffman, Southerland, Heck and Joyce can be seen after the jump.
Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh will run for Senate, providing Democrats with a key recruit for an open-seat race in a highly competitive state.
“Too many lawmakers back in Washington put their own agendas ahead of their responsibility to their constituents and to all Americans,” Walsh said in an advance statement obtained by the Associated Press.
Clark had the lead with 27 percent of the vote — 9 points more than her next closest competitor, state Sen. Karen Spilka.
The rest of the field hovered in the teens. The survey found Spilka in second with 18 percent, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian in third with 16 percent, state Rep. Carl Sciortino in fourth with 15 percent and state Sen. William Brownsberger with 12 percent.
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, one of five Democrats running in a special-election primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, released his first ad of the campaign, less than three weeks before the Oct. 15 primary.
The 30-second spot touches on Koutoujian’s stance on gun control, Social Security and women’s rights. The campaign says the “six-figure buy” will air on cable and broadcast stations in the 5th District, located in the suburbs of Boston.
Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., has no obvious electoral challenger, but some of his House Democratic colleagues are busy helping him bulk up his campaign bank account for 2014.
Rangel, 83, has long been the target of retirement rumors and recently confirmed he’s searching for a successor. This year, Rangel reported a lousy first quarter but rebounded in the next three months by raising almost $200,000.
Eight members of the House Ways and Means Committee are set to attend a fundraiser in his honor in early October, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call. Rangel’s cocktail party fundraiser is scheduled just after the third quarter’s Sept. 30 fundraising deadline.
“I am so honored that my dear friend Congressman Sandy Levin and many of my colleagues from the Ways & Means committee are hosting a fundraiser to support me,” Rangel wrote in an email to supporters. Levin is the ranking member of the committee.
The group of Democrats – including Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Nita M. Lowey, Maxine Waters and Henry A. Waxman, among others – will host a fundraiser for Margolies on Sept. 24. Full story
Israel says DCCC money is being put to good use in GOP strongholds (Bill Clark CQ/Roll Call File Photo)
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel announced at a Tuesday evening private dinner for the caucus that 80 percent of House Democrats have paid at least some portion of their dues.
Israel boasted to the 75 members in attendance that DCCC money was put to use in GOP-held districts during August recess. The New York representative also pushed members to open their campaign pocketbooks to the committee before the Sept. 30 monthly fundraising deadline, according to a source in the room.
In her remarks to the crowd, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi specifically hailed the fundraising efforts of Reps. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Jared Polis of Colorado, Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts, and John B. Larson of Connecticut. Full story
The 60-second ad will begin airing Wednesday on MSNBC, CNN and Comedy Central, according to the campaign. A campaign aide said they have bought more than $100,000 of airtime but did not disclose an exact dollar amount. The campaign will be on air through the duration of the primary cycle, which ends Oct. 15.
In the ad, Sciortino, who is openly gay, comes out as a “Massachusetts liberal” to his father, a member of the tea party. In a witty back and forth, Sciortino’s father describes the progressive policies Sciortino has worked on during his time in the Massachusetts state House.
“This one drives him crazy,” Sciortino says, to which his father replies, “He wants to go to Congress to take on the NRA and the tea party.”
The campaign plans to run ads through the Oct. 15 primary, according to a source with knowledge of the ad buy. The initial, approximately $60,000 buy will keep Clark’s spot on the airwaves Tuesday through Sept. 23 on six cable markets in the district: Cambridge, Lexington, Malden, Newton, Revere and Woburn.
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm urged her fellow Democrats to support state Rep. Rudy Hobbs’ bid for an open House seat in Detroit.
“Rudy is exactly the right person to represent this diverse district,” she wrote in a Monday email to Hobbs’ supporters. “Nowhere will you find a candidate with the breadth of experience, passion, dedication and deep roots that Rudy has.” Full story
Israel is the DCCC chairman. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
The House Democratic campaign chief told reporters Tuesday that while Capitol Hill is consumed with debate on Syria, the issue will not affect the 2014 midterms.
“2014 is not going to be a referendum on Syria,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. Instead, he added, the 2014 midterms will be about “solutions,” helping the middle class, extremism and partisanship.
Israel declined to detail the Syria issue in his role as DCCC chairman, reiterating the committee does not endorse policy positions. Instead, he argued that many House Republicans who oppose authorization for intervention in Syria would support the same policy if Mitt Romney were president and proposed it instead of President Barack Obama. Full story
Attorney Richard Bolger, a Democrat, announced Friday that he will challenge longtime GOP Rep. Frank R. Wolf in Virginia’s 10th District.
“I have worked for thirty years fixing problems in our community – from protecting families’ homes from aggressive creditors, to bringing residents together to improve street safety and schools – and now I’m running for Congress to bring these same problem solving values to Washington,” Bolger said in a news release.
Democrats have long tried to oust Wolf from this Northern Virginia district, located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. However, Wolf has coasted to victory in each of his re-election bids over the past three decades, even in recent Democratic wave years such as 2006 and 2008.
Democrat Roxanne “Rocky” Lara announced Tuesday that she will run for the nomination to challenge New Mexico’s lone Republican delegation member, Rep. Steve Pearce.
“New Mexicans deserve someone in Congress who is committed to our needs and values, but we haven’t been getting that from Washington lately,” Lara said in a release. “I’ll change that by following a straightforward principle: I will work with anyone who shares a willingness to work for a better New Mexico.”
Lara is a former Eddy County Commission chairwoman; she unsuccessfully ran for state party chair in April, according to the El Paso Times. Lara has met previously with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about a House run, per a national Democratic operative.
New Mexico Democratic Party Chairman Sam Bregman said Lara’s entry in the race means there are two qualified candidates available to take on Pearce, pointing to attorney Leslie Endean-Singh, who previously announced her run for the 2nd District’s Democratic nomination.