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November 20, 2013

House Democrats Raise Big Bucks During Shutdown in October

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised about $7 million in October and will report more than $25 million in cash on hand, according to a DCCC aide.

The committee’s bottom line was boosted, in part, because of the government shutdown that month. Polls showed Republicans — especially in the House — received much of the blame for the 16 days the federal government was closed.

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November 18, 2013

First Lady Urges Donors to ‘Max Out’ to Senate Democrats

First lady Michelle Obama urged donors in New York on Monday to contribute to Democrats’ efforts to hold the Senate majority in 2014, saying “the midterm elections matter” in helping the president’s agenda move forward.

“There’s something that we and all of you can do right now, today, to make a huge difference, and it’s simple: You can write a big old fat check,” Obama said, according to a transcript of her remarks.

Obama headlined the women-focused Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event at a midtown Manhattan hotel, where female senators and candidates running in 2014 were among those in attendance. More than 300 donors who gave at least $250 each gathered around 25 tables in a Sheraton ballroom, according to a White House pool report.

In her remarks, the first lady highlighted bills like Obamacare that barely survived a Senate vote, as well as those that came up short, including the expansion of background checks on gun purchases.

“So we need you all to max out,” Obama said. “And just as important, once you’ve maxed out, we need you to get everyone you know to give whatever they can, as well.” Full story

Pelosi, Democrats to Fundraise for Alex Sink in Washington

Pelosi is the House Minority Leader. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Democrats in House leadership and the Florida delegation are scheduled to host a Dec. 4 fundraiser in Washington, D.C., for former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, according to an invitation obtained by Roll Call.

Sink is running in the special election to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Lobbyist David Jolly is running for the GOP nomination and it remains unclear if he will have a primary rival, although state Sen. Kathleen Peters will announce on Tuesday whether she will run.

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DSCC Outraised NRSC in October

The 16-day government shutdown was clearly no detriment to campaign fundraising, as both Senate committees posted solid numbers in October.

Still, Senate Democrats again outraised their GOP counterparts. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced raising $4.8 million in October — $1 million more than the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The DSCC finished the month with $11.1 million in cash on hand and $6.2 million in debt. The NRSC had $5 million on hand and no debt as of Oct. 31.

An NRSC release said the committee had its strongest fundraising month of the year, while the DSCC said it had its best off-year October ever.

Republicans must net six seats to win the majority in 2014. The committees’ monthly fundraising reports are due to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.

 

November 14, 2013

Ex-NRCC Chairman to Raise Money for Democrat in New York

Reynolds retired from Congress in 2008. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three former GOP congressmen, including former National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Thomas M. Reynolds, will co-host a fundraiser for Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins next month, according to the Buffalo News.

The New York Republicans — Reynolds, plus former Reps. Jack F. Quinn and Amo Houghton — will co-host the Higgins fundraiser on Dec. 16 at the home of GOP fundraiser Anthony Gioia.

“The message I want to convey is Congressman Higgins has done a darn good job for Buffalo and Western New York, and it doesn’t matter whether he’s a Democrat or Republican, he’s a congressman and, in doing his job as a congressman, he’s done a fine job for our community,” Reynolds said in a Thursday morning phone interview.

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November 5, 2013

Steny Hoyer to Campaign for DCCC Jumpstart Candidates

Hoyer will fundraise for several candidates this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer has jam-packed several campaigning events and fundraisers over recess on behalf of House candidates.

The Maryland Democrat’s tour will take him to Michigan, Ohio and Massachusetts, where he will campaign and fundraise for a handful of House contenders and one incumbent over the next few days.

Hoyer is only campaigning for challengers who have made the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Jumpstart program, according to a release from his leadership PAC, AmeriPAC. Candidates in Jumpstart have received the committee’s de facto seal of approval.

Here are the districts where Hoyer is scheduled to campaign on Wednesday and Friday: Full story

Illinois Democrat Estimates $2.5 Million Race for Top Competitive Seat (Video)

The candidate: Former chief judge Ann Callis, a Democrat
The member: Freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, a Republican
The district: Mitt Romney narrowly won this district with 49 percent of the vote.
The candidate’s team: Marshall Cohen (manager), Travis Lowe and Clare Gannon of Three Point Media (media), Jason McGrath and Mike Bocian of GBA Strategies (polling), Emily Parcell and Beth Hernandez of The Pivot Group (mail)

Former chief judge Ann Callis said she will need to raise $2 million to $2.5 million to wage a competitive campaign in the 13th District next year, according to an Oct. 10 interview she gave CQ Roll Call.

Callis is seeking to oust freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in the competitive district that split nearly evenly between the two presidential candidates. Davis first faces a primary against former Miss America Erika Harold. Full story

November 1, 2013

Obama Hits the Road Next Week for Delayed DSCC Fundraisers

President Barack Obama will finally hit the road next week for fundraisers benefiting Senate Democrats.

The events in Dallas on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee were previously scheduled for Oct. 21, but the trip was delayed because of the federal government shutdown.

The president will now appear Nov. 6 at two DSCC fundraisers in the Lone Star State, then head south to Miami on Nov. 8 for more DSCC functions.

Obama has already appeared at two Senate campaign fundraisers this year, as well as a joint fundraiser benefiting both the DSCC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DSCC is working to hold its five-seat majority in the Senate, while the DCCC has the more difficult challenge of picking up 17 seats to win back the House. Full story

October 18, 2013

House Democrats Break Fundraising Record in September

Israel is the DCCC chairman. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced on Friday that it raised $8.4 million in September, a record monthly haul for the committee.

The fundraising haul brings the DCCC’s total cash on hand to $21.6 million, double the amount of cash it had at the same point last year, according to a DCCC aide. Full story

October 16, 2013

DSCC Outraised NRSC in September

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised more money than its Republican counterpart in September, increasing its fundraising advantage for the year to $13 million.

The DSCC raised $4.6 million last month and ended September with more than $10 million in cash on hand, the committee announced on Wednesday. A committee spokesman said the DSCC has also paid down its debt to $7.5 million.

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October 15, 2013

Senate Candidates Report Strong Fundraising

McConnell will seek re-election. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The biggest news out of Tuesday’s Senate fundraising? Kentucky Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the third quarter.

Several other Senate challengers and incumbents also announced their hauls from June through September:

  • #ARSEN: Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor raised about $1.1 million and had $4.4 million in the bank. His GOP challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton, raised “just over $1 million” and had about $1.8 million in cash on hand, per National Journal.
  • #COSEN: Democratic Sen. Mark Udall raised $1.1 million and had $4.1 million in cash on hand, per The Denver Post. Republican state Sen. Owen J. Hill raised $250,000 and had $190,000 on hand, according to KDVR.
  • #KYSEN: Grimes outraised Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the third quarter.
  • #LASEN: Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu raised $1.35 million and had $5.8 million in cash on hand, per a news release. Her Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, raised “nearly $700,000″ and had $3.4 million in the bank, according to The Baton Rouge Advocate.
See more numbers after the jump. Full story

House Campaigns Rush to File Fundraising Reports

A deluge of House challengers and incumbents announced their fundraising tallies for the third quarter Tuesday. Here are the financial reports that caught our attention:
  • #CA07: Republican Igor Birman will report raising nearly $163,000 in the third quarter, with $139,000 in cash on hand. The former chief of staff to Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., is running in the GOP primary against former Rep. Doug Ose and autism activist Elizabeth Emken. The GOP trio is looking to unseat freshman Rep. Ami Bera. Ose reported raising $247,000 with $256,000 cash on hand. Emken and Bera have yet to release their third-quarter numbers.
  • #CA10: Republican Rep. Jeff Denham raised $354,000 and had $1.1 million in the bank.
  • #CA31: Former Rep. Joe Baca, a Democrat, raised $36,000 and had $37,000 in the bank.
  • #CA45: Republican state Sen. Mimi Walters raised $445,000, according to a news release. A campaign spokesman said Walters will report $395,000 in cash on hand.
More numbers after the jump.

Veteran Congressman Raises $10 in Third Quarter

Watt is up for a position in the Obama administration. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Longtime Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., reported raising just $10 in the third quarter — the smallest haul of any incumbent in recent memory.

In an interview with CQ Roll Call, Watt chalked up his low total to the fact that he halted his fundraising operation during a prolonged Senate confirmation process for a role at the Federal Housing Finance Agency. President Barack Obama nominated the 11-term Democrat to head the agency in May.

“Actually once I found out I was going to be nominated for this position from the president, and once I was nominated, I thought I had shut down my entire operation,” Watt said in a phone interview with CQ Roll Call. “So I’m surprised I have $10 in this quarter. Somebody didn’t get the message I guess.” Full story

Mitch McConnell Outraised by Kentucky Democrat

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, raised more than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the third quarter, raking in an impressive $2.5 million for the competitive Senate contest.

Lundergan Grimes’ $2.5 million haul is her first as a Senate candidate. She now has $2 million in cash on hand for this top-target Senate contest.

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By Emily Cahn Posted at 11:02 a.m.
FEC, Fundraising, Ky. Senate

Vulnerable New York Republican Raises $550K

Republican Rep. Tom Reed raised more than half a million dollars in his bid for a second term representing New York’s 23rd District.

He raised $550,000 and had $910,000 at the end of the quarter, according to a national GOP source.

Reed is a top Democratic target in 2014. Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson is all but certain to be his Democratic challenger, and she’s a highly regarded recruit at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The race is rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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