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July 12, 2013

Brendan Mullen Not Running for Indiana’s 2nd #IN02 (Updated)

Updated 4:34 p.m. | Veteran Brendan Mullen will not launch a rematch against Rep. Jackie Walorski.

He was a top Democratic recruit, but he exclusively informed CQ Roll Call on Friday afternoon of his decision not to run again. He lost to her by a 1-point margin in 2012.

“For the many supporters who knocked countless doors, made thousands of telephone calls, and supported our campaign, I am deeply moved and grateful,” Mullen wrote in an email to supporters. “It’s a true testament to the power of good, hard-working, and motivated people that our first-time campaign nearly toppled the institution of a career politician.”

“For now, I’m enjoying quality time with my with amazing and talented wife, cooking dinner, doing the laundry, and trying desperately to potty-train our 2 year old daughter, Lilly, and helping teach our 11 month old daughter, Frankie, how to walk,” he added.

The name Democrats are most likely to coalesce around now that Mullen is taking a pass is state Rep. Ryan Dvorak. His name surfaced in the Indiana edition of CQ Roll Call’s “Farm Team” series.

 

Most Eye-Popping Fundraising Hauls of the Second Quarter … So Far

After the drip-drip of campaign fundraising leaks over the past two weeks, it’s now clear that the amount of money it took to look impressive is staggering.

Challengers and incumbents raised the bar so high that to be considered a standout this time around, a candidate had to have raised $2 million for a Senate campaign or more than half a million for the House.

A number of nervous senators raised more than a million dollars in the second quarter, but it was the $2 million mark that made us look twice at recent reports.

As for the House, it was only last cycle when $200,000 to $400,000 marks were above-average for candidates in competitive races. That is no longer the case. At least 10 incumbents or challengers raised between $400,000 and $500,000 this quarter.

Here are some of the numbers raised our eyebrows over the past two weeks:

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Ohio’s Most Vulnerable House Republican Raises Big Bucks

Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, raised a strong $406,000 in the second quarter of this year as he gears up for what will likely be a tough re-election race.

National Democrats have already said they see the 14th District as a pick-up opportunity in 2014. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel named Joyce as a top GOP target in an interview with CQ Roll Call, although the only organized challenger so far is attorney Michael Wager. Full story

Senate Democrats Hire More Campaign Staff | Shop Talk

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Friday two staff changes for the 2014 cycle.

Ben Nathanson will be the DSCC’s new policy director, and the committee promoted Matthew Kehres to digital director. More about their new gigs: Full story

July 11, 2013

GOP Poll: McSally and Barber Tied in Arizona

GOP Poll: McSally and Barber Tied in Arizona

McSally has filed to run for Congress again. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ret. Air Force Colonel Martha McSally, a Republican, would be locked in a tight race with Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., in the 2nd District, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Barber led McSally by a single point in the survey, 46 percent to 45 percent, released on Thursday evening.

McSally has not officially announced, but she filed a statement of candidacy last week. Last cycle, Barber narrowly defeated McSally by just 2,500 votes. There’s been speculation about a rematch ever since.

Full story

Thursday Fundraising Roundup: Senators Raise the Bar

Several Senate candidates posted seven-figure hauls on Thursday as second-quarter fundraising announcements trickled in ahead of the July 15 reporting deadline.

Here’s today’s fundraising roundup:

Senate

  • #NJSEN: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat, raised $4.6 million and will report $4.5 million in cash on hand for his special-election bid.
  • #NHSEN: Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen raised $1.2 million and will report $2.15 million in the bank.
  • #SCSEN: Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham reported more than $1.4 million raised in the first quarter. That’s the most the senator has ever brought in during a single quarter, according to his campaign. He will report $6.25 million in cash on hand. Full story

Capito Raises $770,000 in Second Quarter #WVSEN

Capito Raises $770,000 in Second Quarter #WVSEN

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

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she raised about $770,000 in the second quarter for her Senate campaign.

“It’s been a very successful quarter,” Capito told CQ Roll Call between votes Thursday at the Capitol. Full story

Gomez Catches House GOP’s Eye After Massachusetts Loss

Gomez Catches House GOPs Eye After Massachusetts Loss

Walden, the NRCC chairman, has expressed interest in Gomez running for the House next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House GOP’s campaign chief expressed interest in Republican Gabriel Gomez running in Massachusetts’ 9th District next year against Democratic Rep. William Keating.

Gomez lost to Democrat Rep. Edward J. Markey in the special election for Senate last month. But the former Navy SEAL’s candidacy caught the attention of the national GOP — including National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden.

“He did outperform Markey in the [9th District] by 7 points,” Walden told CQ Roll Call in a Wednesday interview. “That got our attention.” Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 3:32 p.m.
House 2014, Mass.-9, NRCC

Schweitzer Expected to Run, but When? #MTSEN

Schweitzer Expected to Run, but When? #MTSEN

Schweitzer is considering a bid for Senate. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer is widely expected to run for Montana’s open Senate seat — the only question is when.

State legislators and operatives had heard he was preparing to announce his bid on Tuesday, but that day came and went without a peep from the populist Democrat.

Another likely option? The state party is holding a convention in Lewiston on Friday and Saturday, offering Schweitzer a room already packed with party faithful. At least one local Democratic official speculated he could make an announcement then.

“I think that there’s probably a 99.9 percent likelihood that he will [run],” said state Senate Minority Whip Robyn Driscoll, a Democrat supportive of Schweitzer. “Rumors have been floating around for a few weeks about when the announcement would be made. … We are having our Democratic convention this weekend, and so I’ll be looking for an announcement maybe then.”

Attempts to reach Schweitzer and his team about the delay were unsuccessful, and Schweitzer — who is known for personally calling reporters — did not return a call to his cellphone.

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Cornyn Hires Top Tea Party Operative for Campaign | Shop Talk

Cornyn Hires Top Tea Party Operative for Campaign | Shop Talk

Cornyn is seeking re-election in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has hired former FreedomWorks Campaigns Director Brendan Steinhauser to manage his 2014 re-election campaign.

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Booker’s Larger-Than-Life Fundraising #NJSEN

Bookers Larger Than Life Fundraising #NJSEN

Booker is the front-runner for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker will report raising $4.6 million in the second quarter, his New Jersey Senate campaign announced on Thursday.

The heavy favorite in the Garden State’s special election, Booker had $4.5 million in cash on hand as of June 30.

“Every donation is critical for taking the mayor’s message directly to voters in this unprecedented special election,” Booker campaign manager Addisu Demissie said. Full story

Shaheen Raised $1.2 Million in Second Quarter #NHSEN


Shaheen Raised $1.2 Million in Second Quarter #NHSEN

Shaheen will stand for re-election in 2014. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., raised $1.2 million for her re-election campaign in the second quarter of this year.

She will report $2.15 million in the bank for her bid in the Granite State, which has served as a congressional battleground for the last several cycles.

But Shaheen has not attracted a serious challenger for her 2014 race yet.  Full story

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 10, 2013

Wednesday Fundraising Roundup: Incumbents Announce Big Hauls

Republican and Democratic House campaigns continued to tout their second-quarter hauls Wednesday, but a handful of Republican incumbents posted striking sums around the half-million dollar mark.

From the following numbers released today, it’s clear $400,000 is the new high-bar for campaigns to raise in a quarter:
Strong Incumbent Hauls:
  • #PA08: Republican Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick raised $502,000 in his re-election bid, and he will report $681,000 in the bank, according to a national GOP source. He far outpaced his Democratic rival, veteran Kevin Strouse’s, quarter-million-dollar haul.
  • #MN02: Republican Rep. John Kline raised $482,ooo and has $1.1 million in cash on hand, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His Democratic challenger, ex-state Rep. Mike Obermueller lagged behind him, raising $130,000 with $100,000 in the bank. Full story

Walden Pledges Improvement for GOP Online Fundraising

Walden Pledges Improvement for GOP Online Fundraising

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After Democrats trounced Republicans in online fundraising in recent cycles, the House GOP’s campaign chief has promised improvements for the party’s digital donor base in 2014.

“We’re coming out of this cycle wondering what the heck happened to us, and how did we fall behind, and how do we leapfrog ahead?” said Greg Walden, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, in a Wednesday interview with CQ Roll Call. “I look at this as an opportunity.”

The NRCC’s effort comes as the party looks to protect, and possibly even expand, its 17-seat advantage over House Democrats. Despite holding the majority, the NRCC has brought in less cash than the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee every month this election cycle. Full story

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