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April 18, 2014

Where Is Democratic Super PAC Spending Money? These 24 Districts Get Fall TV Reservations

Where Is Democratic Super PAC Spending Money? These 24 Districts Get Fall TV Reservations

Raul Ruiz, seen here during his 2012 campaign in California, is among the freshmen Democrats getting a boost from a super PAC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority PAC, a super PAC with the aim of electing House Democrats, announced its first round of television reservations for the fall.

The reservations, totaling about $6.5 million, are for “the final weeks of the election in 24 districts,” a news release stated.

The super PAC during the 2012 cycle made its first round of reservations in early July in partnership with the Service Employees International Union.

“By placing these reservations early, we will make our dollars go further and ensure we have the air time to effectively fight back against the flood of Koch brothers’ dollars,” House Majority PAC Executive Director Alixandria Lapp said in a statement.

The super PAC is on offensive in six Republican-held districts and on defense in 18 Democratic districts. Often, releasing ad reservations to the press is a means to telegraph to allies, like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, how outside groups intend to spend money.

Below is a breakdown of the buys, categorized by offensive and defensive targets:

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March 13, 2014

Republicans Fundraise for Gay House Candidates

Some Republican House members, pundits and activists raised money this week for two openly gay House candidates running in competitive districts.

The pair, former Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, teamed up in late October to create a joint political action committee, the Equality Leadership Fund, which raised more than $250,000 in the final two months of 2013.

The fund benefited from two fundraisers this week — one Monday night in Miami and another Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

“We’re … raising money across the country from people who were interested in our candidacies, because they believe we represent something different and we could be a catalyst for change in the Republican Party on issues of equality,” Tisei said in a Tuesday interview with CQ Roll Call.

Tisei is challenging Rep. John F. Tierney, D-Mass. DeMaio is taking on Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif. Full story

November 21, 2013

House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Thursday 36 candidates who have achieved the committee’s “On the Radar” status.

This ranking is the first of three levels of the committee’s fundraising and infrastructure program. Earning this status means the NRCC “will help to provide candidates and their campaigns the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents,” according to an NRCC release.

The final level is “Young Gun” status.

“These 36 candidates all provide a stark contrast to their liberal opponents, whose support of ObamaCare and this Administration’s big-government, job-destroying agenda has taken a toll on the American people,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a statement.

Four of those rated are former members who lost re-election bids in 2012: former Reps. Robert Dold and Bobby Schilling of Illinois, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and Nan Hayworth of New York.

Some of the other challengers are running in the same districts.
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LCV Launches Ads in Battleground House, Senate Races

LCV Launches Ads in Battleground House, Senate Races

Schatz will get some help from an environmental group. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The League of Conservation Voters has launched a $1 million ad campaign across five states, including two battleground House districts and two competitive Senate races.

The group, which backs candidates who support its environmental policy goals, is running television ads praising Sens. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., as well as Reps. Pete Gallego, D-Texas, and Scott Peters, D-Calif., “for protecting public health and promoting clean energy jobs.” Full story

October 16, 2013

Ring, Ring: Dems Make It Easy to Call GOP to Complain About Shutdown (Updated)

Ring, Ring: Dems Make It Easy to Call GOP to Complain About Shutdown (Updated)

Israel is the chairman of the DCCC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:09 p.m. | Ring, Ring: It’s the voters.

This week, House Democrats have started a round of automated phone calls that allow recipients to connect directly to the campaign offices of their Republican opponents. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will target 16 GOP challengers in competitive districts with the calls, according to a party source.

The political benefits of this tactic are unclear. But it has the potential to be pretty annoying.

Callers are read a negative profile of the Republican that accuses him or her of supporting the shutdown. Then the caller is given the option to be transferred to the GOP candidate’s campaign to tell their office that “the shutdown is hurting our families” and the candidate “shouldn’t be part of the problem.”

Here are the targeted GOP challengers:

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October 2, 2013

Carl DeMaio Posts More Strong Fundraising in California Campaign

Carl DeMaio Posts More Strong Fundraising in California Campaign

DeMaio is a top recruit for House Republicans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former San Diego City Council Member Carl DeMaio, a Republican challenging freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., raised more than $325,000 in the third quarter, his campaign announced Wednesday.

DeMaio now has more than $700,000 in the bank more than a year from the election, when the 52nd District is expected to host one of the most competitive contests of the cycle.

His haul is also remarkable because DeMaio had toyed with running for mayor of San Diego instead for much of the third quarter. There is currently a special election to replace former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. DeMaio lost to Filner in the 2012 mayoral contest by a slim margin.

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September 3, 2013

DeMaio Won’t Run for Mayor of San Diego | #CA52

Top Republican recruit Carl DeMaio announced on Tuesday that he will continue his bid for Congress against freshman Democratic Rep. Scott Peters and will not run in a mayoral special to replace disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Although DeMaio had toyed with a mayoral run after Filner officially resigned following allegations by numerous women of sexual harassment, DeMaio, a gay Republican, said he has received broad support from Washington for his new approach to governing for the GOP.

“Anyone who knows me knows I care more about getting things done, the right things, than any … political office or title,” DeMaio said at a news conference, adding that he felt he can make positive changes in Washington, D.C.

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August 23, 2013

DeMaio Considers Bid for Mayor After Bob Filner’s Resignation

DeMaio Considers Bid for Mayor After Bob Filners Resignation

DeMaio is a top recruit for House Republicans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Carl DeMaio’s campaign confirmed late Friday that he is speaking with supporters who are urging him to run for mayor now that disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has submitted his resignation.

If DeMaio runs for mayor — an office the former city councilmember lost to Filner by a slim margin last year — it would hurt the House GOP’s chances in the competitive 52nd District. The National Republican Congressional Committee had touted DeMaio as a top recruit against freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif. Full story

August 14, 2013

Bob Filner Steals Ex-Foe DeMaio’s Focus From House Race | #CA52

Bob Filner Steals Ex Foe DeMaios Focus From House Race | #CA52

DeMaio said he is now more focused on Filner's troubles. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Carl DeMaio told a local news channel Tuesday that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s troubles have shifted his attention from his congressional bid to ousting his embattled former foe from office.

When asked by a reporter from San Diego’s local ABC affiliate whether he is “100 percent focused” on his congressional campaign, DeMaio responded, ”No I’m actually focused a lot more on removing Bob Filner from City Hall.”

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July 26, 2013

Carl DeMaio for San Diego Mayor? #CA52

Carl DeMaio for San Diego Mayor? #CA52

Filner has not resigned yet. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As pressure mounts for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign after a string of sexual harassment allegations from former female employees, so does the speculation about who might seek his office in the case of a special or recall election.

California Republicans could have someone in mind: Carl DeMaio, currently a GOP candidate for Congress.

Filner, a Democrat and former member of Congress from California’s 51st District, is being sued by his former communications director, Irene McCormack, for alleged sexual harassment in the workplace. A handful of others have anonymously accused Filner of harassment.

On Friday, Filner announced that he will take time off to receive therapy, rather than resign, after calls for him to step down from numerous Democratic officials, including Democratic National Committeewoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But growing discord with Filner in the wake of the sexual harassment suit has also opened up the very real possibility of a recall election to remove the first-term mayor from office. Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 3:48 p.m.
Calif.-52, House 2014

July 9, 2013

Tuesday Fundraising Roundup: Mooney’s Money

Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney raised $65,000 for his campaign across state lines in West Virginia’s 2nd District.

Mooney had more than $100,000 in cash on hand at the end of the second quarter, according to a campaign press release. Of that haul, $35,000 was left from when he explored a run for ex-Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett’s seat in western Maryland last year.

The congressional hopeful’s tally was one of many fundraising numbers that trickled in on Tuesday. Congressional candidates and members must turn in their second-quarter fundraising reports by July 15.

Here is a roundup of the day’s campaign fundraising news:

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DeMaio Raises Almost $500K in Second Quarter #CA52

Republican Carl DeMaio announced on Tuesday that he raised more than $480,000 in the second quarter for his quest to unseat freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., in the 52nd District.

DeMaio, a former San Diego City Council member, boasts nearly $470,000 in the bank for this highly targeted race.

DeMaio, an openly gay candidate who has branded himself as a “new generation Republican,” filed his federal paperwork to run in this San Diego-area district at the beginning of June.

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July 2, 2013

House GOP Leaders Donate to Gay Republican in Top Race #CA52

House GOP Leaders Donate to Gay Republican in Top Race #CA52

Cantor gave campaign cash to a GOP candidate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three top House GOP leaders donated to their party’s most prominent openly gay House candidate, former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, a top prospect in a competitive California race.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and former Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia gave campaign cash to DeMaio in June.

“I’m grateful to receive this strong early support, which I believe reflects both my record of getting fiscal reforms done in San Diego and my more inclusive vision for the future as a new generation Republican,” DeMaio said in a Tuesday news release.

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June 5, 2013

NRCC Memo: We Will Expand the Playing Field for 2014

NRCC Memo: We Will Expand the Playing Field for 2014

Walden heads the National Republican Congressional Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden signaled that he plans to stay on offense in 2014 with the aim of expanding his party’s 17-seat majority.

In a Wednesday memo to the House Republican Conference obtained exclusively by CQ Roll Call, Walden says his committee will be “aggressively expanding the playing field” thanks, in part, to Democratic recruitment struggles.

“The question facing Democrats is how, if they are struggling on their home court, will they ever win the Republican-leaning districts they need to regain the majority?” Walden wrote to his colleagues.

He went on to highlight Democratic candidates who dropped their House bids early in the cycle, framing them as recruitment failures. He named-checked former candidates such as hotel magnate Jim Graves in Minnesota’s 6th District and former state Sen. Staci Appel in Iowa’s 3rd District.

Walden also cited promising polling in a handful of House seats held by Democrats, including:

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May 30, 2013

Gay Republican to Challenge Scott Peters #CA52

Gay Republican to Challenge Scott Peters #CA52

Peters is vulnerable in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Carl DeMaio, a former city councilmember from San Diego will announce Thursday that he plans to challenge vulnerable freshman Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat.

Republicans recruited DeMaio, who is openly gay, to run in the 52nd District. In a release from his campaign, DeMaio refers to himself as a “new generation Republican” — just a few weeks after GOP polling showed him leading Peters by 10 points in a hypothetical matchup.

Peters, who also served as a San Diego councilmember, unseated longtime Republican Rep. Brian P. Bilbray in 2012 in one of the closest races of the cycle. The district has a slight Democratic lean, and voted for President Barack Obama in 2012 with 52 percent.

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