Scalise is the incoming House Majority Whip. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden announced the names of his top lieutenants in the push for member dues ahead of the fall midterms, according to an internal conference email obtained by CQ Roll Call.
Walden named Majority Whip-elect Steve Scalise and Reps. Kevin Brady of Texas, Erik Paulsen of Minnesota and John Shimkus of Illinois as the NRCCs “Battleground Program” chairs.
“As you know, the Battleground Program is the major dues drive of the year,” Walden of Oregon wrote. “With their enthusiasm and fundraising efforts, I am certain that we will be able to continue our attack on Democrat candidates in for supporting flawed and costly legislation like ObamaCare.”
Graham, Democrat, is challenging Southerland, above. ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Attorney Gwen Graham, a Democrat, raised $563,000 in the second quarter, adding to her war chest as she gears up for a competitive race in Florida’s 2nd District, according to numbers provided first to CQ Roll Call.
Graham’s haul brings her total cash on hand to $1.57 million in her race against GOP Rep. Steve Southerland II. At the end of the first quarter in March, Graham reported $1.4 million in the bank.
Southerland has yet to release his second-quarter numbers, which cover the period between April 1 and June 30. They are due to the Federal Election Commission on July 15. Southerland ended March with $1.18 million in the bank — a cash-on-hand disadvantage compared to Graham.
Dold raised more than $600,000 in the second quarter for his comeback bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Former Illinois Rep. Robert Dold raised more than $610,000 in the second quarter for his comeback bid in Chicago’s northern suburbs.
According to fundraising figures provided first to CQ Roll Call, the Republican will report $1.6 million in cash on hand as of the end of June for his challenge to Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider.
Dold came to Congress in the 2010 GOP wave — replacing Republican Mark Kirk, who was elected to the Senate — but was swiftly swept from office a cycle later by Schneider. The Democrat won by 1 point, while President Barack Obama carried the district by a 16-point margin.
Franken is seeking re-election in Minnesota. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Al Franken knows the story — just not from this side.
In 2008, a first-time candidate dogged by his career history faced a formidable incumbent dragged down by an unpopular second-term president. The result: now-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., defeated then-Sen. Norm Coleman, a Republican, in a shockingly close race that only ended after a months-long contentious recount and legal battle.
Now Coleman’s hand-picked candidate wants to return the favor in 2014. Franken will face a wealthy investment banker and first-time candidate, Mike McFadden, in November — and this time, he’s the senator battling an unpopular president’s drag on the ballot.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, raised over $900,000 for his re-election bid in the second quarter, his campaign said Wednesday. He also launched a new ad featuring the senator arguing with President Barack Obama.
Alexander now has $3.4 million cash on hand, according to his campaign, with just over a month to go until Tennessee’s Aug. 8 Republican primary.
The new ad shows C-SPAN footage of the White House Healthcare Summit in February of 2010. Alexander was one of several Republicans to attend the bipartisan meeting, and at one point, he engaged with Obama over whether healthcare premiums would rise as a result of Obamacare.
“When you said, ‘premiums go up,’ that’s just not case,” Obama says in the clip, addressing Alexander.
“The Congressional Budget Office report says that premiums will rise,” Alexander responds.
“No, no, no, no, and this is an example of where we’ve got to get our facts straight,” Obama says.
“That’s my point,” says Alexander.
“Lamar was proven right,” a narrator says in the ad.
The ad will begin running statewide on July 6, according to the campaign.
Alexander faces a primary challenge from state Rep. Joe Carr. Carr has drawn significantly more attention in recent weeks since House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., was defeated in a primary by unknown and underfunded college professor Dave Brat. He recently went up with his first ad of the campaign, attacking Alexander for voting for the Senate’s immigration overhaul bill.
The race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
The Supreme Court’s narrow Monday decision allowing some companies to not offer contraceptive coverage for employees could have an impact on the November midterms.
The ruling is a polarizing one for Democrats and Republicans — and both sides have already tried to use it to their political advantage.
Republicans mostly support the court’s decision, calling it a win for religious freedom and a major defeat for the president’s health care overhaul law that required company health care plans to cover birth control. Democrats are using the decision to emphasize what they see as the GOP’s unfriendly policies toward women.
That contrast could play out in three key ways in 2014 elections:
President Barack Obama declared Thursday at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that his first two years in office marked the most productive time in Congress since the 1960s.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel of New York, former Vice President Walter Mondale and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., attended the event.
“I love her. I love her because she smart. And she’s tough. And she’s fearless,” Obama said of Pelosi, according to a pool report of the event. “She and I got more done than any Congress since the 1960s … I want her back.”
But House Democrats face a steep climb to take the majority in 2014. They must pick up a net of 17 seats — a costly endeavor.