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May 23, 2015

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May 13, 2015

A Democratic Consultant in the Middle of Baltimore’s Recovery

From left, McKenna, Hettleman and Hayes chat at the Penn North Plaza in Baltimore on May 5. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

From left, McKenna, Hettleman and Hayes chat at the Penn North Plaza in Baltimore. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(150x150)BALTIMORE — On a sunny Tuesday morning one week after riots and looting upended the city, Democratic media consultant Martha McKenna was feverishly typing on a laptop at her dining room table, which was half-covered in various printed lists and Maryland Food Bank invoices, with a cellphone balanced between her ear and shoulder.

It’s the same table elected officials gathered around after the city’s curfew in the days following the riots to strategize how to deliver food and supplies to neighborhoods that had lost their already scarce shopping options to the destruction.

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May 4, 2015

Ad Man Scott Howell Back At It After Cardiac Arrest

Howell is back at work after suffering cardiac arrest in January. (Photo courtesy Scott Howell)

Howell is back at work after suffering cardiac arrest in January. (Photo courtesy Scott Howell)

Scott Howell doesn’t remember Jan. 25.

As the prominent GOP ad maker later learned from his family, he went to church that morning, then to lunch with his in-laws before settling back at his house in Dallas to watch “Mission Impossible III” with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Madeleine. Then, his heart stopped. Full story

April 29, 2015

NRSC Hires General Counsel for 2016

Wicker is chairman of the NRSC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee hired Matthew Raymer as general counsel to advise the committee and its candidates on legal matters for the 2016 election cycle.

Raymer comes to the NRSC from the law firm BakerHostetler, where he worked as an attorney since 2008 focusing on campaign finance and election law. While there, Raymer served as counsel for the Republican State Leadership Committee, which works to elect Republicans to state legislatures across the country.

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March 19, 2015

EMILY’s List Names VP of Independent Expenditures

Stephanie Schriock is president of EMILY's List. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Stephanie Schriock is president of EMILY’s List. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

EMILY’s List named Lucinda Guinn vice president of independent expenditures for the 2016 cycle, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

In this role, Guinn will be tasked with running the Women Vote! program, which spends millions of dollars in support of the group’s endorsed gubernatorial, Senate and House candidates. An EMILY’s List aide said Guinn will also oversee potential spending in targeted state-level races that could impact redistricting in 2020.

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March 17, 2015

Former Schumer Aide Expected to Join Clinton Camp

Brian Fallon is reportedly joining the likely Clinton presidential campaign. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fallon is reportedly joining the likely Clinton presidential campaign. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brian Fallon, a former Capitol Hill aide, is expected to be named as a prominent spokesman for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s likely presidential campaign.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Fallon, now the director of public affairs at the Department of Justice, will be the “lead press secretary” on the quickly growing Clinton team. Full story

February 25, 2015

Matt Canter Joins Global Strategy Group

Matt Canter, a former top official at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is joining Global Strategy Group as senior vice president in the political consulting firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

After two cycles at the DSCC, first as communications director and then deputy executive director, Canter is replacing Bill Burton, who left GSG last month to open a California office for SKDKnickerbocker.  Full story

February 12, 2015

RNC Media Aide Moves to RSLC for 2016 Cycle

The Republican State Leadership Committee will announce Ellie Wallace as the group’s new communications director, according to information provided first to CQ Roll Call.

“We are excited to welcome Ellie to the RSLC as we prepare for a new election cycle dedicated to electing Republicans at the state level,” said RSLC President Matt Walter in a news release scheduled for wide distribution on Friday morning. “Following the RSLC’s record-breaking 2014 election victories, I am confident Ellie’s communications experience with campaigns around the country will be a valuable contribution to help lead our organization into its next chapter.”

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GOP Operative Pleads Guilty to Coordination, Making False Statements to FBI

Tyler Harber, a GOP campaign operative, pleaded guilty Thursday to illegal coordination of federal campaign contributions in the Justice Department’s first criminal prosecution of that kind.

The 34-year-old admitted to starting a super PAC he later directed to spend $325,000 to support a candidate for whom he simultaneously served as a campaign manager. It’s an activity prohibited by federal campaign finance law.

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February 2, 2015

RNC Adds Press Secretary From ‘Team Mitch’

Priebus hired Allison Moore as RNC national press secretary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Priebus hired Allison Moore as RNC national press secretary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican National Committee hired the former campaign spokeswoman to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as its national press secretary for 2016, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

With the presidential cycle getting underway, Allison Moore, a Kentucky native and longtime McConnell aide both in the political and Senate worlds, will succeed Kirsten Kukowski in the role. Full story

January 29, 2015

Top GOP Ad-Maker Recovering From Cardiac Arrest

Scott Howell, a top Republican ad-maker, is being treated in an intensive care unit in Texas after going into sudden cardiac arrest on Monday.

Howell is making progress, according to Dan Allen, a principal with Howell’s firm. Full story

January 27, 2015

Exclusive: DSCC Hires National Political Director, Press Secretary

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Tester is the chairman of the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will add Simone Ward and Sadie Weiner to its senior staff roster, according to a Tuesday news release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Ward will serve as the committee’s national political director, and Weiner will take the role of national press secretary.

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January 18, 2015

GOPAC Announces 2015 Advisory Board

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Ernst was a member of GOPAC's Emerging Leaders Program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOPAC, an organization that grooms Republican state lawmakers to run for higher office, will announce its 2015 Legislative Leaders Advisory Board Monday, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

The board pinpoints promising state legislators for GOPAC’s Emerging Leaders Program, which seeks to foster a bench of talent to eventually run for federal and statewide elected office. Previous members of the Emerging Leaders Program include now-Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Cory Gardner of Colorado. Both Republicans won targeted Senate races in 2014.

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January 9, 2015

Exclusive: NRCC Names Senior Staff for 2016

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The National Republican Congressional Committee will announce Friday its senior staff for the 2016 cycle and the return of several top aides, according to information shared first with CQ Roll Call.

“This exceptional team is already working to gain and maintain our majority in the 2016 cycle,” NRCC Executive Director Rob Simms said in a statement. “We are very fortunate that many members of the team who built the historic majority in 2014, are moving into senior positions to continue helping successful Republican campaigns.” Full story

January 4, 2015

Exclusive: NRSC Names Senior Staffers

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Wicker is the chairman of the NRSC in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will announce its senior staff for the 2016 cycle Monday, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Last year, Senate Republicans netted nine seats to take control of that chamber for the first time since 2006. Several of the top staffers are staying on from last cycle, while others come from the other side of the Capitol.

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December 18, 2014

Veteran GOP Fundraiser Moves On After 37 Years

Steve Gordon, who helped raise money for high-profile Republicans for nearly four decades, announced Thursday he will turn his focus on issue advocacy.

Gordon served as a fundraiser for Sen.-elect Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who defeated Democratic Sen. Mark Udall last month in the Centennial State.

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