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March 28, 2012

Anti-Incumbent Super PAC Adds Jones, Moran to Target List

Anti Incumbent Super PAC Adds Jones, Moran to Target List

Rep. Walter Jones Jr. is one of two Members that an anti-incumbent super PAC has decided to target. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:39 p.m. | The Campaign for Primary Accountability plans to launch spending crusades against Reps. Walter Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) as part of the super PAC’s growing list of targeted races.

The deep-pocketed super PAC also announced a “Watch List” of more than two dozen veteran Members whom it plans to evaluate and potentially target during the height of primary season during the next three months. Full story

March 21, 2012

Illinois: Super PAC Spent Big for Adam Kinzinger in Home Stretch

Illinois: Super PAC Spent Big for Adam Kinzinger in Home Stretch

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (left) won a hotly contested primary against a fellow GOP Member on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger had some outside help in his victory over veteran Rep. Don Manzullo in Tuesday’s primary.

The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a super PAC, spent a whopping $222,000 on Kinzinger’s behalf late in the race. That’s more than four times as much as the $52,000 radio ad buy that YG Action Fund, a super PAC run by a former aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), put into the race.

The six-figure sum is also more cash than the controversial, Texas-based super PAC has spent in any other race this cycle. Full story

March 20, 2012

Kinzinger Defeats Manzullo in GOP Primary

Kinzinger Defeats Manzullo in GOP Primary

Rep. Adam Kinzinger's victory is likely to stun many GOP operatives and Capitol Hill aides who dismissed the Air Force Reserve pilot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger defeated longtime Rep. Don Manzullo in the first Member-vs.-Member GOP primary of 2012. Kinzinger led 56 percent to 44 percent when the Associated Press called the race just after 11 p.m. EST.

Kinzinger’s victory may partially vindicate House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, whose endorsement of Kinzinger elicited outcries from the House Republican Conference. Last week, a super PAC run by a former Cantor aide also spent $52,000 on a radio ad to boost the freshman lawmaker. Full story

March 19, 2012

Illinois: John Boehner Evens Score, Donates to Don Manzullo Too

Illinois: John Boehner Evens Score, Donates to Don Manzullo Too

Speaker John Boehner's political action committee donated last week to Rep. Don Manzullo after giving to his opponent late last year. A super PAC affiliated with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left) is funding ads for Manzullo's opponent. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John Boehner’s (Ohio) political organization cut a $5,000 check last week to veteran Rep. Don Manzullo, almost three months after it gave the same amount to his opponent, freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

The late donation from Boehner’s Freedom Project settles the Speaker’s support in the highly competitive Tuesday primary between the two Illinois GOP Members that has divided the House Republican Conference.

But the timing of Boehner’s donations are notable. Full story

March 8, 2012

Illinois: Eric Cantor Backs Adam Kinzinger Over Don Manzullo

Illinois: Eric Cantor Backs Adam Kinzinger Over Don Manzullo

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (center) waded into a Member-vs.-Member primary fight today. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today threw his weight behind freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger in his primary fight against fellow Republican Rep. Don Manzullo in Illinois’ 16th district.

The Virginia Republican endorsed Kinzinger in a joint statement with Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.). “Adam Kinzinger is hands down the candidate the conservative cause needs to win the primary for Congress on March 20th and he has our enthusiastic endorsement for a second term in Congress,” the two lawmakers argued.

Although the statement does not directly name Manzullo, who has served 10 terms in the House, Cantor and Shimkus take a glancing shot at their colleague. Full story

February 16, 2012

Morning Roundup: Member-Vs.-Member Races

Morning Roundup: Member Vs. Member Races

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The front page of today’s Roll Call features Shira Toeplitz’s report from the ground in Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio, on the Democratic primary between Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich. Their March 6 contest will be the first of 12 Member-vs.-Member races decided this redistricting cycle.

The numbers in the redrawn 9th district, which stretches 120 miles along Lake Erie’s shoreline, favor Kaptur over Kucinich because it takes in more of her current territory. But, as Toeplitz points out, long odds have never stopped the two-time failed presidential candidate and one-time “boy mayor” of Cleveland from running before. Full story

February 8, 2012

Illinois: Pro-Kinzinger Poll Shows Him Tied With Don Manzullo

Illinois: Pro Kinzinger Poll Shows Him Tied With Don Manzullo

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (above) faces fellow GOP Rep. Don Manzullo in a primary next month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois Republicans Don Manzullo and Adam Kinzinger are locked in a competitive primary, according to a new survey from a super PAC supporting Kinzinger.

The Congressmen are tied at 43 percent in the poll paid for by the Campaign for Primary Accountability. 14 percent of survey respondents said they were undecided about the March 20 primary. Full story

February 1, 2012

FEC for Breakfast: Member-Vs.-Member Race Fundraising

At Roll Call, there’s no race like a Member-vs.-Member contest. Here’s the fundraising breakdown for these redistricting-forced battles, plus our picks for which Member won the money battle in the fourth quarter:

Democrats Vs. Democrats:

  • CA-30:  Rep. Howard Berman obliterated Rep. Brad Sherman by bringing in almost eight times his haul in the fourth quarter. Berman raised just more than $1 million, while Sherman raised just $126,000. Sherman still has more in his bank account with almost $3.7 million in cash on hand. But Berman is quickly catching up and now has close to $2.9 million in the bank. MONEY WINNER: Berman, by eight-fold.
  • CA-44: Rep. Laura Richardson raised more than Rep. Janice Hahn in the fourth quarter, bringing in $103,00 compared with the newly elected Congresswoman’s $77,000. Richardson had more in the bank, too, with $132,00 in cash on hand. Hahn reported $76,00 in cash on hand. MONEY WINNER: Richardson, by a little.   Full story

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