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January 19, 2016

NRCC Posts Best Off-Year December Fundraising

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 7: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds his weekly on camera press conference in the Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan raised $2.5 million for the NRCC in December 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee ended the last month of 2015 with its best cash on hand and best revenue figures of any off-year December.

The committee raised $8.6 million in December, and heading into 2016, had $30.1 million in the bank — some $9 million more than at the same point in the midterm cycle. The committee ended 2015 with its best off-year haul since 2005, having raised $62.3 million over the course of the year.

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December 15, 2015

Pelosi Endorses Krishnamoorthi for Duckworth’s Seat

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pelosi called Krishnamoorthi a “true progressive” in endorsing him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Tuesday said she’d like to see Raja Krishnamoorthi replace Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth — who is running for Senate — in Illinois’ 8th District.

“I strongly endorse Raja Krishnamoorthi because he is a true progressive and the best candidate to represent working families in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs,” Pelosi said in a statement in which she also praised the lawyer and mechanical engineer’s work ethic and professional experience. “These qualities will enable him to pursue our common goal of fighting for progressive causes and strengthening and growing our middle class.”

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December 8, 2015

Trump Puts Republican Candidates in a Corner

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference before a public signing for his new book "Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again," at the Trump Tower Atrium on November 3, 2015 in New York City. According to a new poll, Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, has pulled ahead of Trump with 29% of Republican primary voters.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump’s comments about Muslims have the GOP worried. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Republican congressional candidates have been slow to take a position on GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Trump has put Republican Senate candidates into the position of either addressing his comments and alienating Republicans who agree with Trump, or staying silent and hurting themselves with voters in the general election.

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October 29, 2015

Ryan Donated Thousands to Those Who Voted Against Him for Speaker


Of the 10 Republicans in the House GOP conference who voted for someone other than Paul D. Ryan for speaker Thursday morning, half of them took thousands of dollars from the new speaker’s leadership political action committee since the 2010 elections, a CQ Roll Call analysis shows.

Most of those defectors were in the House Freedom Caucus — a group that includes roughly 40 of the House GOP’s most conservative members who would have been unlikely to support anyone who was not an ideologically pure conservative as speaker.

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October 27, 2015

Ryan Is a Boehner ‘Mini-Me’ to Some Conservatives

Ryan and Boehner, seen here in 2012, are facing similar attacks from tea-party outlets that once tolerated them. ( Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ryan, left, and Boehner are facing similar attacks from tea party outlets that once tolerated them. ( Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Just weeks after Republicans won control of the House in 2010, John A. Boehner celebrated his 61st birthday with a cake with green frosting.

It was actually a double celebration. That same day, Nov. 17, 2010, he was elected speaker-designate by the Republican conference with unanimous support — a present he never enjoyed again.

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October 23, 2015

Democrats Think Speaker Ryan Would Be Perfect Ad Villain

Democrats have used Ryan's budget as fodder, but now they may have the man himself. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats have used Ryan’s budget as fodder, but now they may have the man himself. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Paul D. Ryan and his budget have been a major theme in congressional elections over the past few cycles.

But with the stars aligning for the Wisconsin Republican to become the next House speaker, Democrats say they’ll now have a villain to run against, not just a stack of numbers.

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October 21, 2015

Ryan Supporters Call Critics Hypocrites Over Fundraising

Ryan supporters say Huelskamp's criticisms of Ryan's demand for family time are unfounded. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Some House Republicans say Huelskamp’s criticisms of Ryan’s fundraising abilities are hypocritical and unfounded. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Supporters of a Rep. Paul D. Ryan speakership are calling two members of the House Freedom Caucus hypocrites for their criticism of his ability to fundraise for the party.

Ryan backers say the two members who questioned the Wisconsin Republican’s commitment to fundraising duties — Reps. Tim Huelskamp and Mo Brooks — raise almost no money for the party or their colleagues.

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September 30, 2015

Democrats Admit GOP Leadership Drama a Tough Sell to Voters

The political impact of the leadership shuffle in the wake of Boehner's exit is still unclear. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The political impact of the leadership shuffle in the wake of Boehner’s exit is still unclear. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In the wake of Speaker John A. Boehner’s resignation, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it sees an opportunity to push a narrative into 2016 that the House Republican Conference has moved too far to the right for the country.

But recent history — in which Republicans earned their largest majority in decades — shows that’s a tough sell to voters, who view the entirety of Washington, D.C., as politically broken. And even Democrats concede that a leadership shakeup is tough to make into an issue that will help them at the ballot box next fall.

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July 23, 2015

Ahead of Redraw, Virginia Republicans Jockey for Safe Seats

Brat is one of three Republicans whose district is most likely to change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brat is one of three Republicans whose district is most likely to change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Democrats say their congressional map can’t get any worse.

In a state President Barack Obama carried twice, their party holds just three seats in the 11-member delegation. With a new round of redistricting coming up next month, the question now is which districts get rougher for Republicans. Full story

June 18, 2015

Cruz, Paul and Rubio Make Their Case to the Faithful

Cruz greets guests at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz greets guests at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Of the three presidential candidates who spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference in Washington, D.C., Thursday, there was no question whom the audience was waiting for.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz walked on and offstage to raucous applause. The 300 or so lunching faithful erupted into cheers even before his introduction was complete.

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November 21, 2014

New DCCC Chairman Rides on Air Force One

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Luján was named DCCC chairman on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Four days after being named chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján was among several lawmakers who flew to Las Vegas Friday on Air Force One with President Barack Obama for an immigration event.

Obama, who unveiled an executive action on the issue Thursday night, was set to speak at a high school “to talk about the actions that he’s taken,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters during the flight. Full story

November 17, 2014

Pelosi Chooses Ben Ray Luján as DCCC Chairman (Updated)

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Luján will lead the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:47 p.m. | In a shock to her caucus, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi selected Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2016 cycle.

Luján will lead his caucus’ political arm and all aspects of the campaign to take back the gavel: fundraising, messaging, recruiting and getting out the vote.

The choice is Pelosi’s lone decision, but it was a total shock to most Democrats on Capitol Hill.

“I am pleased recommend to our colleagues Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, a dynamic and forward-looking leader with a fresh energy and ideas that demcorats need for victory in 2016,” Pelosi said in a Monday news conference. “He has bold vision and determined leaership to deliver wins in difficult districts. I am confident [he] will prove a tireless champion.”

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November 13, 2014

Pelosi Meets With 5 Potential DCCC Chairmen


Pelosi is a California Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has met with five possible contenders to run the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2016, according to her office, though she has not decided whom she will ultimately select.

On Thursday, Pelosi met with Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado, Jim Himes of Connecticut and Joaquin Castro of Texas. Also per her office, Pelosi had a meeting Tuesday with Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida, and she met Friday with Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland.

A number of those members have been publicly angling for the role, including Frankel and Edwards — who spent the final days of the 2014 cycle on the trail with House candidates.

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Democrats Eyeing 5 House Race Rematches in 2016

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House Democrats want Horsford to run for the Nevada seat he lost this month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There’s no rest for the weary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has yet to name the new committee chairman for 2016, but the DCCC is already getting a jump on recruiting during the final days of New York Rep. Steve Israel’s tenure.

On Thursday morning, Israel held the first 2016 recruitment meeting since Election Day. He named two northeastern congressional districts as top targeting opportunities, and party strategists are readying for at least five rematches from 2014, according to a committee aide. Full story

Exclusive: NRCC Chairman Reveals Top Targets for 2016


Walden is seeking a second term running the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fresh off a historic House majority, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said he is already pivoting to focus on protecting the incoming GOP members elected last week.

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call, Walden said his main priority will be defending the seats — at least 244 — his party captured on Election Day.

Many of the newly elected members represent districts that traditionally favor Democrats — and could again, especially in a presidential year. Walden said fortifying those new incumbents be his main focus.

“It’s a wonderful burden to have,” Walden said Wednesday afternoon at the NRCC.

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