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November 21, 2013

Obama Campaign Media, Analytics Gurus Partner Up

A relationship fostered over the course of the president’s re-election campaign morphed Thursday into a partnership to capitalize on the two Democratic consulting firms’ data and media capabilities.

GMMB, a top Democratic advertising firm, and Civis Analytics, a big data firm launched by a group of former Obama campaign staffers, announced a new effort that will offer campaigns, non-profits and brands similar voter targeting and media buying that helped President Barack Obama in 2012.

“We’re excited about it, and that’s where we think the value is,” Daniel Jester, a senior vice president at GMMB, told CQ Roll Call about offering clients the combined expertise of both firms.

“We work with them because they are the smartest people in the analytics business, and we think we’re pretty good at what we do,” Jester said. “So bringing the two together just seemed like a no-brainer.” Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 3:15 p.m.
DCCC, DGA, DSCC, Shop Talk

Ex-Congressman Warned Khanna Against Challenging Honda

Honda, left, has a challenge from another Democrat this cycle. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Pete Stark, the 20-term Democrat ousted last year, warned attorney Ro Khanna against challenging Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif., this cycle.

At the start of the 2014 cycle, Khanna eyed a bid against Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, who defeated Stark last year, in the 15th District. But Khanna, also a Democrat, instead launched a challenge against Honda in the neighboring 17th District earlier this year.

“I tried to convince Ro not to do that,” Stark said in a Wednesday phone interview. “I think that’s impertinent of him. I mean … Mike is a fantastic member of Congress.”

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House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Thursday 36 candidates who have achieved the committee’s “On the Radar” status.

This ranking is the first of three levels of the committee’s fundraising and infrastructure program. Earning this status means the NRCC “will help to provide candidates and their campaigns the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents,” according to an NRCC release.

The final level is “Young Gun” status.

“These 36 candidates all provide a stark contrast to their liberal opponents, whose support of ObamaCare and this Administration’s big-government, job-destroying agenda has taken a toll on the American people,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a statement.

Four of those rated are former members who lost re-election bids in 2012: former Reps. Robert Dold and Bobby Schilling of Illinois, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and Nan Hayworth of New York.

Some of the other challengers are running in the same districts.
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LCV Launches Ads in Battleground House, Senate Races

Schatz will get some help from an environmental group. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The League of Conservation Voters has launched a $1 million ad campaign across five states, including two battleground House districts and two competitive Senate races.

The group, which backs candidates who support its environmental policy goals, is running television ads praising Sens. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., as well as Reps. Pete Gallego, D-Texas, and Scott Peters, D-Calif., “for protecting public health and promoting clean energy jobs.” Full story

November 20, 2013

House Republicans Raise $2 Million Less Than Democrats in October

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised at least $2 million more than its GOP counterpart in October. Full story

GOP Operatives Pile Into Florida Special Election

State Rep. Kathleen Peters and lobbyist David Jolly have started the sprint toward the GOP primary in the special election to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.

And their campaign teams have also joined the race. Jolly quickly moved into place a campaign team, and now Peters has done the same for her bid for the 13th District. Her band of operatives includes two Tallahassee-based consultants: Full story

Top Democratic Leadership to Fundraise for Peterson

Several high-profile House Democrats will host a top-dollar fundraiser Thursday for longtime Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., according to an invitation obtained exclusively by CQ Roll Call.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, along with 17 other House Democrats, will host a “re-election campaign breakfast” for Peterson.

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Conservative Group Launches Ads Against House, Senate Dems

A conservative outside group launched a new round of television ads on Wednesday targeting congressional Democrats for their support of Obamacare.

The new ads from Americans for Prosperity are backed by $4 million and come as the White House continues to struggle with the rollout of the president’s health care law. The ads hit Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, and Reps. Patrick Murphy and Joe Garcia of Florida and Ron Barber of Arizona.

Here is the ad targeting Hagan:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PRM_Hd5LU0 Full story

Republican Seeks to Succeed Paul Broun in Georgia (Video)

The candidate: Donna Sheldon, a Republican
The member: Rep. Paul Broun, a three-term Republican who will run for Senate in 2014, leaving the seat open
The district:
 Georgia’s 10th District, which Mitt Romney carried with 62 percent 
The candidate’s team:
 Chad Holland (manager), Ron Butler of Creative Direct (mail), Tony Marsh of Savanna Communications (media), Laura Dunaway of Capitol Strategy Group (fundraising), Dan McLagan of Tactical Communications Solutions (communications), and Scott Riles of RightPass Strategic Affairs (general consulting).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4G8OX5OUcY Full story

House Democrats Raise Big Bucks During Shutdown in October

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised about $7 million in October and will report more than $25 million in cash on hand, according to a DCCC aide.

The committee’s bottom line was boosted, in part, because of the government shutdown that month. Polls showed Republicans — especially in the House — received much of the blame for the 16 days the federal government was closed.

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November 19, 2013

Radel in Possible Primary Peril

Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., said that he is ready “to face the consequences” of his cocaine possession charge, and some of them might be political.

Democrats concede his is a Safe Republican seat. So if his legal problems become fodder in his bid for a second term, it will likely be litigated in the primary.

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Fourth Republican Announces Bid for Open Alabama House Seat

Bachus is retiring. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP businessman Will Brooke announced a bid for Alabama’s 6th District on Tuesday, becoming the fourth Republican to enter the open-seat contest.

“We all know that things in Washington are not as they should be,” Brooke said in a release. “Whether they are on the shop floor, in the boardroom, or sitting around the kitchen table, Alabamians live with the intrusion of dysfunctional and detrimental government policies every day. Americans should insist on honest, competent, limited government that supports their efforts, rather than getting in the way. I want to do my part to bring common sense conservative solutions to Congress.”

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Major Staff Turnover on Gingrey’s Senate Campaign

Gingrey lost key staff for his Senate run this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:20 p.m. | Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., is in the midst of a major Senate campaign staff shakeup after four top staffers resigned Monday afternoon, CQ Roll Call confirmed.

As first reported by The Daily Caller late Monday night, general consultant Chip Lake, campaign manager John Porter, political director David Allen and grass-roots coordinator Justin Tomczak have all stepped down from the campaign. Gingrey is running in a crowded and competitive Republican primary for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

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Republicans Face Primary in Florida Special Election

Florida state Rep. Kathleen Peters will announce her candidacy Tuesday to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Congress.

She has started to inform sources on Capitol Hill of her intention and is expected to have local officials on hand supporting her bid at her 10 a.m. scheduled announcement.

The move sets up a mad dash of a Republican primary with GOP lobbyist David Jolly, lasting through the holiday season until Jan. 14. The winner will likely face off against Democrat Alex Sink on March 11.

Both Republicans candidates have strengths and weaknesses. Full story

November 18, 2013

Phil Berger Jr. to Announce Congressional Bid in North Carolina

Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., a Republican, will announce Wednesday that he will run for the open-seat contest in North Carolina’s 6th District, according to a source close to Berger’s campaign.

Berger will make the announcement at a local charter school, becoming the fourth Republican to enter the race to replace Rep. Howard Coble, the longtime Republican who announced his retirement earlier this month. Other Republicans also running for the seat include Baptist pastors Dan Collison and Bradley Walker, and veteran Don Webb.

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