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December 5, 2013

Democratic Super PAC Drops Major Buy in North Carolina

Democratic Super PAC Drops Major Buy in North Carolina

The latest ad targets Tillis. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While Democrats up for re-election are facing heat over Obamacare, a Democratic-aligned super PAC launched a TV ad targeting the leading Republican in the North Carolina Senate race on the issue of health care.

According to a Republican tracking ad buys, Senate Majority PAC is spending $736,000 over the next two weeks across four media markets to defend Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and criticize her top Republican challenger, state Speaker Thom Tillis. Full story

November 5, 2013

Illinois Democrat Estimates $2.5 Million Race for Top Competitive Seat (Video)

The candidate: Former chief judge Ann Callis, a Democrat
The member: Freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, a Republican
The district: Mitt Romney narrowly won this district with 49 percent of the vote.
The candidate’s team: Marshall Cohen (manager), Travis Lowe and Clare Gannon of Three Point Media (media), Jason McGrath and Mike Bocian of GBA Strategies (polling), Emily Parcell and Beth Hernandez of The Pivot Group (mail)

Former chief judge Ann Callis said she will need to raise $2 million to $2.5 million to wage a competitive campaign in the 13th District next year, according to an Oct. 10 interview she gave CQ Roll Call.

Callis is seeking to oust freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in the competitive district that split nearly evenly between the two presidential candidates. Davis first faces a primary against former Miss America Erika Harold. Full story

October 29, 2013

Democratic Candidate Says Gitmo Experience Is Not a Liability (Video)

Democratic Candidate Says Gitmo Experience Is Not a Liability (Video)

Cannon is running in a competitive House district in Michigan. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The candidate: Ret. Army Major General Jerry Cannon, a Democrat.
The member: Rep. Dan Benishek, a two-term Republican.
The district: In 2012, Benishek defeated Democratic challenger Gary McDowell by less than 2,000 votes in this Upper Peninsula district. Mitt Romney carried the district with 54 points.
The candidate’s team: Travis Lowe and Clare Gannon of Three Point Media (media), Al Quinlan and Andrew Baumann of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (polling), Terry Walsh at The Strategy Group (mail).

Full story

October 24, 2013

House Democrats Promote 3 Recruits

House Democrats Promote 3 Recruits

Steve Israel of New York is the Chairman of the DCCC. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee elevated three new candidates to its Jumpstart designation on Thursday.

Jumpstart is a program that provides “financial, communications, operational, and strategic support to top recruits,” according to a release from the committee. The Jumpstart distinction also serves as the DCCC’s signal of approval to donors.

This round of Jumpstart additions include: Full story

October 14, 2013

Monday Fundraising Roundup: House Challengers Rake in Dough

House challengers and aspirants continued to released their numbers on Monday, ahead of this week’s deadline to report third quarter fundraising.
The day’s most noteworthy numbers came from former Rep. Robert Dold, a Republican in Illinois, and venture capitalist Sean Eldridge, a Democrat in New York. Both challengers are closing in on the million dollar mark for their respective cash-on-hand totals.
  • #IL10: Dold raised $318,000 and had about $819,000 in cash on hand, per The Chicago Daily Herald. Dold faces Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider in a rematch next fall.
  • #NY19: Eldridge raised $504,000 and had $955,000 in the bank, according to his campaign. Eldridge matched contributions, which means he gave $250,000 of his own funds to his campaign. Eldridge is challenging Republican Rep. Chris Gibson. Full story

October 3, 2013

Democrats Land Montana Senate Recruit

Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh will run for Senate, providing Democrats with a key recruit for an open-seat race in a highly competitive state.

“Too many lawmakers back in Washington put their own agendas ahead of their responsibility to their constituents and to all Americans,” Walsh said in an advance statement obtained by the Associated Press.

Full story

September 26, 2013

Tea Party Candidate Eyes Thad Cochran Primary Challenge

Tea Party Candidate Eyes Thad Cochran Primary Challenge

Cochran is considering retirement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., mulls retirement, a local lawmaker is considering a mounting a primary challenge against him in the Magnolia State.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican aligned with the tea party, confirmed to CQ Roll Call this week that he’s considering challenging the six-term senator.

“We are keeping all of our options open because we want to do the right thing for the conservative movement,” McDaniel said in a Wednesday phone interview. “No firm decision has been made one way or the other.” Full story

July 23, 2013

The 7 Most Dysfunctional State Parties

In the past two years, one state party chairman was investigated by the local bar association. Elsewhere, an about-to-be-ousted party leader changed the locks at the headquarters. Two more state parties were threatened with eviction.

Traditionally, state parties have been the meeting point between the national political organizations and the local ground game. But in recent cycles, many of them have become so dysfunctional that they are now irrelevant — or even worse, detrimental, to the national party’s efforts.

The reasons behind their ineptitude vary: Some parties struggle with finances, others with competing personalities. For Republicans, many of the problems stem from power struggles between tea party activists and old guard operatives.

Does it matter if the state party is dysfunctional, especially in the age of shadow campaigns and ubiquitous third-party spending? It depends whom you ask. Full story

July 19, 2013

Enzi Clobbers Cheney in First Public Poll of Primary #WYSEN

Enzi Clobbers Cheney in First Public Poll of Primary #WYSEN

Enzi has a primary this cycle from the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new poll shows Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., with a considerable lead over his primary opponent, just days after Liz Cheney announced she would challenge him.

Enzi led Cheney, 55 percent to 21 percent, in a survey from Harper Polling, a Republican firm.

Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 12:49 p.m.
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July 13, 2013

Fundraising Roundup: Smaller Sums Trickle In as Filing Deadline Approaches

Members continued to release impressive fundraising numbers as the final full week to report second-quarter fundraising drew to a close, but the stragglers have not been as impressive as the early birds.

Both House and Senate candidates have raised the bar as to what constitutes an eye-catching quarterly fundraising total, but history dictates that members who release their reports toward the end of the filing deadline usually have lower hauls to report. That rung true for some reported totals.

Check out Friday’s fundraising numbers:

Full story

July 11, 2013

Vitter Super PAC Rakes In Big Bucks for Re-Election or Gubernatorial Bid

Vitter Super PAC Rakes In Big Bucks for Re Election or Gubernatorial Bid

Vitter could run for governor or Senate in the next couple of years. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A super PAC that supports Sen. David Vitter raised a whopping $750,000 in the past six months to aid the Louisiana Republican’s re-election or a possible gubernatorial bid in the next couple of years.

The Fund for Louisiana’s Future will report more than $700,000 in the bank at the end of June, according to figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call before they plan to file later this week.

The super PAC is set up to help Vitter with his re-election in 2016, or a potential gubernatorial bid in 2015. In January, veteran GOP fundraiser and attorney Charlie Spies filed paperwork with both the Federal Election Commission and Louisiana election officials to create the super PAC. Full story

July 9, 2013

Landrieu Raises Big Bucks for Targeted Re-Election Race #LASEN

Landrieu Raises Big Bucks for Targeted Re Election Race #LASEN

Landrieu is a top GOP target in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced Tuesday that she raised $1.7 million for her re-election campaign during the second quarter.

Her haul is half a million more than the likely GOP nominee, Rep. Bill Cassidy, who brought in nearly $1.1 million in the same time period.

Full story

July 8, 2013

Gary Peters Raises $1M for Senate Race #MISEN

Gary Peters Raises $1M for Senate Race #MISEN

Peters is running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Gary Peters has raised more than $1 million as a Senate candidate in Michigan, according to his campaign.

The Democrat will report having $1.8 million in the bank as of June 30, the end of the second fundraising quarter this year.

Full story

July 2, 2013

Rounds Rebounds in Second-Quarter Fundraising

Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds raised more than $600,000 for his Senate campaign in the second quarter of this year, confirmed a spokesman for the Republican’s campaign.

Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is retiring, and his seat is a top pickup opportunity for Republicans. The national GOP has touted Rounds as its strongest candidate in the race.  Full story

June 28, 2013

Ellmers Delays Senate Decision Timeline #NCSEN

Ellmers Delays Senate Decision Timeline #NCSEN

Ellmers is considering a bid for Senate. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., has pushed back her timeline to make a decision about the Senate race for another couple weeks.

“I haven’t quite reached my full decision, but I think I know where I’m leaning,” Ellmers told Roll Call on Thursday between votes on Capitol Hill.

The second-term congresswoman has previously stated she is considering a primary bid to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., one of the 2014 cycle’s most vulnerable senators. Earlier this year, s spokeswoman told CQ Roll Call that Ellmers would make a decision by June. Full story

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