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September 23, 2013

Ex-Congressman Launches Rematch Bid With Bipartisan Tone | #NH01

Former Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., who lost his seat in 2012 after one term, announced Monday he will seek a rematch with the Democrat who ousted him: Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.

After eyeing a comeback bid for months, Guinta made his decision official in a two-minute YouTube video, saying he is running again to work in a bipartisan way to reform government.

“As mayor of Manchester, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to improve the city,” Guinta says in the video. “Together we cut spending, lowered taxes and improved services. That’s the New Hampshire common sense we need in Washington.”

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Lindsey Graham Challenger Dismisses Financial Disadvantage (Video)

The candidate: Republican Lee Bright, a South Carolina state senator
The member: Bright is challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary.
The state: This is one of two Senate races in South Carolina next year. Appointed Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican, is running unopposed in the special election to fill out the remaining term of Jim DeMint. Both races are rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
The candidate’s team: Chris Sullivan (general consultant)

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Rangel Gets Fundraising Help From His Committee Friends

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., has no obvious electoral challenger, but some of his House Democratic colleagues are busy helping him bulk up his campaign bank account for 2014.

Rangel, 83, has long been the target of retirement rumors and recently confirmed he’s searching for a successor. This year, Rangel reported a lousy first quarter but rebounded in the next three months by raising almost $200,000.

Eight members of the House Ways and Means Committee are set to attend a fundraiser in his honor in early October, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call. Rangel’s cocktail party fundraiser is scheduled just after the third quarter’s Sept. 30 fundraising deadline.

“I am so honored that my dear friend Congressman Sandy Levin and many of my colleagues from the Ways & Means committee are hosting a fundraiser to support me,” Rangel wrote in an email to supporters. Levin is the ranking member of the committee.

Here is the invite:

 

 

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Top North Carolina Republican Declines Hagan Challenge | #NCSEN

Hagan will seek re-election in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger announced on Monday that he will not challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in 2014, relieving the GOP of a brutal primary between two of the state’s top lawmakers.

Berger had toyed with entering the crowded GOP cast of candidates — including state Speaker Thom Tillis — looking to unseat Hagan for several months.

“It’s just not the right time for me,” Berger said, according to local North Carolina radio station WRAL. “That has a lot to do with the situation at the state level. There’s a lot of things we’ve started that I want to see finished.”

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Sean Eldridge Launches House Bid in New York | #NY19

Venture capitalist Sean Eldridge officially rolled out his bid to unseat Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., in the 19th District on Monday.

The launch included a web video that sought to underscore three points about Eldridge: an association with the district, a humble background and the economic contributions of his company, Hudson River Ventures, to the region.

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September 20, 2013

House Democrats Outraise GOP in August

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised about $800,000 more than the National Republican Congressional Committee in August. The House Democratic campaign arm will also report a cash-on-hand advantage in its monthly Federal Election Commission filing, according to a DCCC aide.

House Democrats reported $4.6 million raised last month and $16.1 million in the bank, while House Republicans raised $3.8 million and ended the month with $12.7 million in cash on hand.

Both committees previously eliminated their outstanding debt from the 2012 cycle.

Friday was the deadline for the House campaign committees to report their monthly fundraising hauls.

Grassley Planning to Run Again in 2016

Grassley is planning to run for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Sen. Charles E. Grassley said in a local television interview that he intends to seek a seventh Senate term in 2016.

“I am making plans to run for re-election,” the Republican told “Iowa Press,” a local public affairs show, per The Des Moines Register.

“I’m making plans, but it’s not taking much of my time. I’m concentrating on doing my job for Iowans, on being there when we’re in session, doing my oversight, doing my legislation, doing my town meetings in the 99 counties every year,”said Grassley, who turned 80 this week.

Although Grassley regularly wins re-election by 2-to-1 margins, Iowa is a perennial battleground state.

And before he can run for re-election, Iowans will go to the polls in 2014 to elect a successor to retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. That race is rated Lean Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Iowa Senate Hopeful Prepares for All Scenarios (Video) | #IASEN

The candidate: Republican David Young, former chief of staff to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa
The member: Young is running against five other Republicans in a GOP primary to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
The state: This is the first open Senate seat in the Hawkeye State since 1974, and it has drawn a host of interest from Republican candidates hoping to flip the seat into the GOP category. On the Democratic side, Rep. Bruce Braley is the likely nominee as the only candidate thus far running in the Democratic primary.
The candidate’s team: The Tarrance Group (polling), Smart Media Group (media), Heather Swift (communications), Zach Lahn (campaign manager).

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Super PAC Ad Ties McConnell Opponent to Harry Reid | #KYSEN

A Kentucky super PAC is hitting the radio Friday to tie Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s likely general election opponent to the leading Democrat in the Senate.

The 60-second ad is backed by a $75,000 buy and is running statewide, according to a spokesman at Kentuckians for Strong Leadership. It touts McConnell’s opposition to Obamacare before making the connection between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

“That’s why Harry Reid personally recruited liberal Alison Grimes to run against McConnell, and now Grimes is raising money with Harry Reid in Las Vegas,” the ad’s announcer says. “The choice is clear: Grimes and Reid, pushing Obamacare on us, while members of Congress get a bailout; or Mitch McConnell, a fighter for Kentucky.” Full story

EMILY’s List Endorses in Massachusetts Special | #MA05

State Sen. Katherine Clark, one of five Democratic candidates running in an upcoming special election primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, received the endorsement of EMILY’s List on Friday, less than a month out from the Oct. 15 contest.

An endorsement from EMILY’s List will likely provide Clark with a flush of cash and organizational help going into this crowded primary in which organization will be key to success.

The EMILY’s List endorsement is notable as the organization which seeks to boost progressive women into elected office chose Clark over another Democratic woman in the race: state Sen. Karen Spilka.

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September 19, 2013

DSCC Tops Debt-Free NRSC in August Fundraising (Updated)

Moran, center, is the chairman of the NRSC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:10 a.m. | The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee topped its Republican counterpart in fundraising last month, the seventh time in eight months the majority party has done so.

The DSCC raised $3.3 million in August and ended the month with $9.4 million in cash on hand, according to numbers provided by the committee. Since its last monthly Federal Election Commission report, the DSCC paid down its debt to $8.7 million by the end of August, a spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been outraised by more than $10 million so far this cycle, earlier this month paid off its remaining debt from the 2012 cycle. The GOP committee was also the first to do so last cycle.

The NRSC will report raising $1.9 million in August and ending the month with $4.8 million on hand. As of Sept. 3, that cash flow number was down to $2.3 million after paying off its remaining debt, according to an NRSC spokesman. The NRSC had no outstanding amounts from a $20 million line of credit from Wells Fargo, according to a letter from the bank provided to CQ Roll Call. Full story

Sharron Angle’s Super PAC Buys Airtime in Alabama Special | #AL01

Angle lost a bid for Senate in 2010. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A super PAC launched by failed Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle has waded into the upcoming Alabama special election, making a small television buy to boost one of the Republican candidates in the crowded field.

Our Voice PAC placed a $10,000 buy on cable in the district to aid Dean Young, a businessman running in Tuesday’s 1st District special election, according to a 1st District source with knowledge of the buy. Young is one of five Republicans looking to succeed former Rep. Jo Bonner, who resigned in August to take a job with the University of Alabama system.

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House Republicans Raise $3 Million for Vulnerable Members

Coffman is one of House Republican's most vulnerable members. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will announce it has raised $3 million total for the 20 vulnerable incumbents through its Patriot program, according to figures provided first to Roll Call.

On Thursday, House Republican leaders hosted their second “Patriot Day” of the cycle — a fundraising event that contributed to that $3 million total. The Patriot program provides resources to the party’s most vulnerable House members for their re-election efforts, including fundraising and communications support.

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McConnell’s Kentucky Coal Politics Play Out on Senate Floor | #KYSEN

McConnell is up for re-election in 2014. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to push his Saving Coal Jobs Act toward passage, providing a quick case study in how the minority leader leverages his office to promote his home state during his re-election.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., objected to the bill, and McConnell was ultimately unsuccessful. But the back-and-forth set up a helpful contrast for McConnell and national Republicans.

McConnell’s likely general election opponent next year, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, is reportedly scheduled to attend a fundraiser hosted by Reid. Coal could play a central role in the campaign debate next fall, especially in the most politically competitive parts of eastern Kentucky. Full story

Ex-Congresswoman Endorsed by 30 Former, Current Members | #PA13

Hoyer is one of several members to back Margolies. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, a Democrat seeking to return to Congress in Pennsylvania’s 13th District this cycle, has lined up support from 30 current and former members of Congress, the campaign announced Thursday.

The group of Democrats – including Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Nita M. Lowey, Maxine Waters and Henry A. Waxman, among others – will host a fundraiser for Margolies on Sept. 24. Full story

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