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April 12, 2013

Jordan Backs Landry Super PAC for House Conservatives

Jordan Backs Landry Super PAC for House Conservatives

Jordan supports Landry's efforts to support conservatives in House races. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has offered his support for former Louisiana Rep. Jeff Landry’s new super PAC, which aims to boost conservatives in House races.

Jordan, one-time chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, sent Landry a note of support Tuesday — just after the Pelican State Republican announced he was launching Restore Our Republic super PAC.

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South Carolina: Jenny Sanford Has No Plans to Endorse in Special Election

Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford has no plans to endorse in the 1st District special election that includes her ex-husband, former Gov. Mark Sanford.

Democrats plugged into Palmetto State politics previously speculated that if she would endorse the Democrat in the race, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, it would serve as a death blow to her former husband’s campaign. But that scenario is not materializing.

Jenny Sanford wrote CQ Roll Call in an email:

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By Abby Livingston Posted at 5 a.m.
S.C.-1

April 11, 2013

California: Almost Every Democrat in Delegation Gets Behind Honda

California: Almost Every Democrat in Delegation Gets Behind Honda

Honda was endorsed by many of his California Democratic colleagues. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ-Roll Call File Photo)

All but three Democrats in California’s congressional delegation have now publicly backed Rep. Michael M. Honda’s re-election bid.

The six-term incumbent faces what will likely be a competitive primary in the Silicon Valley. Former Obama administration official Ro Khanna entered the 17th District race last week.

Thirty-three California Democrats endorsed Honda on Thursday in the latest boast of strength from the congressman’s campaign. He’s previously rolled out the endorsements of President Barack Obama, the state’s two senators and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

(See also in Roll Call: Khanna Will Challenge Fellow Democrat Honda in Silicon Valley) Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 10:03 p.m.
Calif.-17

Remainders: If You Got It, Flaunt It. Early.

If you got it, flaunt it. And in campaign fundraising, the best flaunt their numbers early.

There are several days yet until campaigns are required to file their first quarter fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission. Typically, only campaigns with hauls worth bragging about release their figures early.

Here’s are the congressional campaign fundraising figures that caught our eye on Thursday:

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North Carolina: McHenry Won’t Run Against Hagan

North Carolina: McHenry Wont Run Against Hagan

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., announced on Thursday that he will not challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in the 2014 Senate race.

The five-term member’s name was floated in the state as a potential challenger to the first-term Democrat — who is considered one of the most vulnerable senators up for re-election this cycle – and recent polls put him at the top of the heap among a handful of  potential GOP candidates.

However, McHenry said in a statement that he “has too much to get done” in the House and thus is declining to enter the race.

“My colleagues in the House have entrusted me with important responsibilities as a subcommittee chairman on the Financial Services Committee as well as leading recruitment efforts for the” National Republican Congressional Committee, McHenry said. “But with her unwavering support for President Obama’s failed policies, I have no doubt that North Carolinians will think twice before sending Kay Hagan back to Washington.” Full story

Progress Kentucky Fingered for Secret McConnell Tape

Updated 2:05 p.m.| A Louisville news radio station reported Thursday that Progress Kentucky, a group seeking to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, was behind the secret recording of a McConnell campaign strategy session.

WFPL reported that Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, a founder and volunteer for the group, respectively, “bragged” about recording the meeting to Jacob Conway, a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Party executive committee.

(See also in Roll Call: Secret Recording Spurs Ethics Complaint Against McConnell)

Conway told WFPL that they stood in the hallway of the Lousiville office building where McConnell’s campaign headquarters is located and recorded the meeting through a vent in the door. Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 1:51 p.m.
Ky. Senate

Minnesota: Graves All In for Rematch With Bachmann

Minnesota: Graves All In for Rematch With Bachmann

Graves announced he will see a rematch against Bachmann, above. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With a top Democratic recruit on board, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s re-election will be one of the most closely watched contests of the midterm elections.

Minnesota hotelier Jim Graves announced Thursday that he will seek a rematch against the four-term House Republican. Graves lost by just a single point in their 2012 matchup, and national Democrats are in turn expected to expend far more resources there than last cycle.

(Read more about House races in Roll Call: Top 5 House Rematches to Watch) Full story

Texas: Cornyn Raised $1.85M in First Quarter

Texas: Cornyn Raised $1.85M in First Quarter

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, raised $1.85 million in the first quarter — a handsome sum for the senator up for re-election in 2014.

Cornyn will report having $4.2 million in cash on hand, according to figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call from a source close to the senator. Full story

New York: County Legislator Announces Reed Challenge in 23rd District

New York: County Legislator Announces Reed Challenge in 23rd District

Reed, center, just picked up a challenger in the 23rd District. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Martha Robertson, an upstate county legislator, announced Thursday that she will challenge three-term Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., in the 23rd District.

Robertson – a Democrat who currently chairs the Tompkins County Legislature – said her work there has helped bring more than 700 jobs to her community, which includes Cornell University and Ithaca College.

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Kentucky: Secret Recording Spurs Ethics Complaint Against McConnell

Updated 4:20 p.m. | An outside watchdog group filed ethics complaints against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., suggesting possible misuse of official staff for campaign purposes.

But McConnell’s office asserts that the complaint is based on an erroneous transcript of a secret audiotape obtained by Mother Jones.

“Using taxpayer-funded resources to pay staffers to dig up dirt on political opponents isn’t just an ethics violation, it’s a federal crime,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a statement that explained the complaints filed with both the FBI and the Senate Ethics Committee.

The allegation is that legislative assistants were working on government time for political purposes, conducting opposition research against potential Democratic challenger Ashley Judd. As CREW itself acknowledges, the campaign has said that the individuals in question conducted the research on their own time.

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Hawaii: Schatz’s Fundraising Sends Message to Potential Primary Foes

Hawaii: Schatzs Fundraising Sends Message to Potential Primary Foes

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is trying to ward off potential primary challengers with hefty first-quarter fundraising and a veteran campaign team already in place for 2014.

The Democrat, appointed Dec. 26 to replace the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, announced on Thursday he raised more than $1.1 million in the first three months of this year.

A news release states that 79 percent of the money came from Hawaii donors. But he also received a boost from some Senate colleagues. Full story

Louisiana: Landrieu Raises $1.2 Million in First Quarter

Louisiana: Landrieu Raises $1.2 Million in First Quarter

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

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced on Thursday that she raised more than $1.2 million  in the first quarter of this year, more than double what her new opponent hauled.

Her GOP challenger, Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy, raised $500,000 in the same time period. He officially entered the race last week.

(See also on Roll Call: Cassidy Blasts Obama, Landrieu as He Officially Enters Senate Race) Full story

Illinois: Schneider Raised $390,000 in First Quarter

Illinois: Schneider Raised $390,000 in First Quarter

Schneider is a freshman. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider raised $390,000 in the first quarter of this year.

Cash-on-hand figures were not immediately available. But at the end of last year, Schneider reported only a small amount, $14,000, in the bank.

The 10th District, which includes the suburbs north of Chicago, has played host to highly competitive races for several cycles. Last year, Schneider defeated GOP Rep. Robert Dold by 1 point.

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April 10, 2013

Top 5 House Rematches to Watch (So Far)

As Reps. Andy Barr, R-Ky., Ami Bera, D-Calif., and Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., can attest, sometimes the second time is the charm.

All three freshmen won rematch races in 2012 after narrowly losing bids for Congress in 2010.

Three months into the 2014 midterm cycle, there are at least a handful of highly anticipated House race rematches on tap. More are likely to materialize in the next year.

The 2012 opponent of Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., made his comeback official Tuesday, and Minnesota hotelier Jim Graves is expected to announce Thursday whether he will again challenge GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. Observers believe he will run.

The House landscape is far from set at this early juncture, with first-quarter fundraising reports due Monday and challengers just starting to roll out their campaigns.

Also, a presidential-year electorate differs (in some districts greatly) from a midterm electorate. Depending on the district, that could mean that a rematch race is less — or more — competitive. Full story

Illinois: Rodney Davis Raises $401K in First Quarter

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., raised just north of $401,000 in his first full fundraising quarter in Congress, according to figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

The freshman will report having $334,000 in cash on hand and zero debt at the end of March, which marks the deadline to close the books on the first fundraising period of the year.

It’s a strong first showing for Davis, who represents a competitive district in downstate Illinois. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has indicated that it plans to target that seat as a pick-up opportunity in 2014.

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