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July 20, 2012

NRSC Outraised in June, Transferred $540k to Montana GOP

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterpart by $3.5 million in June, according to statements from the committees.

The DSCC raised $8 million last month, ending June with $31.4 million in cash on hand. The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $4.5 million and had $24.3 million in cash on hand. The committees’ monthly reports were due to the Federal Election Commission today. Full story

Arizona: Ben Quayle, David Schweikert Play Ball in FEC Reports

Arizona: Ben Quayle, David Schweikert Play Ball in FEC Reports

Rep. Ben Quayle (above) received many contributions from fellow Members in his primary race against fellow Republican Rep. David Schweikert. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Welcome to the NFL of politics. Or is the MLB?

One of the most interesting pair of competing Federal Election Commission reports from the second quarter are from Republican Reps. Ben Quayle and David Schweikert, who are battling it out in a Member-vs.-Member primary for Arizona’s 6th district.

Quayle received donations from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former Dallas Cowboy Roger Staubach, while the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball made a donation to Schweikert.

Quayle won the money race with a $530,000 second quarter haul, finishing the period with $1.1 million in cash on hand. Schweikert rasied $274,000, and closed June with $857,000 in cash on hand. But a source in the Schweikert camp claimed that when factoring only money that can be spent in the primary, Schweikert actually has more available cash.

But beyond those metrics, the names on the reports are fascinating. Most interestingly, current Members have gotten involved in the race.

Full story

Texas: Nolan Ryan Endorses David Dewhurst

Hall of fame pitcher Nolan Ryan today endorsed Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Texas Senate GOP runoff.

There are few human beings, let alone conservatives, who are more popular than Ryan in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He played for several ball clubs, including the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers.

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Colorado: Everything Stops After Shootings

The voters who live in the Denver-area community where dozens of people were shot in a movie theater are at the center of the presidential contest and struggle for control of the House.

But today, there is no appetite for campaigning — even among the most committed political operatives, and sources say that there has been a mad scramble to pull down any form of political advertising.

“Everything is on hold here,” state Democratic Party spokesman Matt Inzeo said. “It’s a bad day.”

“There’s a time for politics and this is not it,” added Owen Loftus, a campaign spokesman for Rep. Mike Coffman (R). Loftus said that the Congressman has suspended all campaign activities.

Full story

California: GOP Polls Find Competitive House Races

California: GOP Polls Find Competitive House Races

Rep. Lois Capps is in a competitive re-election race in California. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Polls conducted for two California Republicans found close races in Democratic-leaning districts that rank among the GOP’s targets for November.

According to memos released by their campaigns, former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado (R) trailed Rep. Lois Capps (D) by 2 points in the 24th district, and Long Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong (R) trailed state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D) by 3 points in the 47th district. Full story

GOP Strategists: Mitt Romney Should Embrace Bain

GOP Strategists: Mitt Romney Should Embrace Bain

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mitt Romney might or might not cave and release more than the two years of tax returns he’s promised; and whatever his decision, it might or might not damage his White House prospects.

The more than half-dozen Republican strategists I spoke with in the days since President Barack Obama accelerated his attacks on the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s business career were split on how much influence this issue would have outside the Beltway among the voters who will decide the presidential election. Voters are notorious for ignoring “game-changing” campaign attacks that Acela Corridor experts are convinced will have a major effect. Full story

July 19, 2012

NRCC Tops DCCC in June Fundraising

UPDATED at 11:59 a.m. on Friday, July 20, 2012 | The National Republican Congressional Committee narrowly outraised the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in June. The NRCC posted $10.7 million in receipts compared with the DCCC’s $10.5 million.

The NRCC ended June with $41 million in cash on hand while the DCCC closed the month with $33.2 million in the bank.

The Republican committee’s fundraising total was bolstered last month by donations from top party leaders, including Speaker John Boehner (Ohio). Boehner transferred $2.1 million to the NRCC in June.

In May, the DCCC raised more than the NRCC, a flip from April, when House Republicans had the money edge.

In more detailed numbers provided by the committees to Roll Call on Friday morning, it appears the DCCC and the NRCC raised almost exactly the same amount in the second quarter. The DCCC beat the NRCC by only $16,000, pulling in $23.685 million to the NRCC’s $23.669 million.

Washington: Tight Race for Second in 1st District

Three Democrats are in a close battle for second place in the all-party primary for Washington’s 1st district, a poll released today found, with ballots hitting voters’ mailboxes by the end of this week.

Snohomish County Councilman John Koster, the lone Republican, took 36 percent in the poll conducted by Seattle-based consulting firm Strategies 360. Full story

New Hampshire: Tim Pawlenty to Fundraise in August

New Hampshire: Tim Pawlenty to Fundraise in August

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Barring any unforeseen schedule changes or major Romney campaign decisions, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will head to Manchester for the state GOP Ice Cream Social on Aug. 11.

It is an interesting selection of a headliner. Pawlenty is at the center of speculation to be presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president. Only about two weeks ago, fellow VP contender Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) also traveled to New Hampshire for a state party event.

By all accounts, New Hampshire will be a central battleground in the presidential race in the fall.

According to the state GOP Facebook invite, tickets for the Pawlenty event will cost $20.12.

Maine Dem Nominee Cynthia Dill to Patty Murray: Help!

Maine Dem Nominee Cynthia Dill to Patty Murray: Help!

(Joshua Miller/CQ Roll Call)

Maine state Sen. Cynthia Dill, the Democratic nominee for Senate, penned a letter today to Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, asking for a meeting and an endorsement.

“With an open U.S. Senate seat at stake in Maine, we trust Democrats in Washington will act to preserve its ‘true blue’ majority by endorsing the candidate with the greatest respect for the Democratic Party and its platform,” Dill wrote. “With this historic opportunity to turn Maine’s red seat blue and ensure a progressive agenda this November, the DSCC must not abandon its principles and supporters.”

The DSCC has been absent from the Maine Senate race. Former Gov. Angus King (I), a prohibitive frontrunner in the open-seat race, is considered likely to caucus with Democrats. And in a race with a serious GOP candidate, any boost to the Democratic nominee could hurt King, a popular two-term former governor. Full story

Donald Trump Donates to NRSC Again

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) has a generous friend at Trump Tower.

Donald Trump cut a $30,800 check to the NRSC in May, online finance records show.

The real estate mogul has been helpful to Senate Republicans before. In the 2010 cycle, he gave about the same amount to the NRSC, plus hosted a fundraiser for the committee at Trump Tower in New York City a few weeks before Election Day.

“We’re big fans of his and we’re thankful for his support,” NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer said.

Online records show Trump also cut checks this cycle for Linda McMahon, a Republican seeking Connecticut’s open Senate seat, and appointed Sen. Dean Heller (R), who is seeking a full term in Nevada.

Trump donated to a couple of House Republicans, too, including Reps. Allen West (Fla.) and Peter King (N.Y.).

DSCC Raised $8M in June

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced today that it raised $8 million in June, ending the month with $31.4 million in cash on hand. Full story

July 18, 2012

Illinois: Tammy Duckworth Fundraises for Nominee in 12th

Just how confident is Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth (D) that she will defeat Rep. Joe Walsh (R)? She’s fundraising — for another candidate.

Duckworth penned a campaign plea for retired Maj. Gen. William Enyart, the new Democratic nominee in the 12th district. Local Democrats selected Enyart after their original nominee dropped out of the race in May for health reasons.

In an email from VoteVets.org, Duckworth thanked her supporters and donors before making the pitch for her “personal friend.” Full story

Texas: Tom Leppert Backs David Dewhurst Over Ted Cruz

Texas: Tom Leppert Backs David Dewhurst Over Ted Cruz

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst received the backing of a former contender for the GOP nomination for Senate, Tom Leppert. (Pat Sullivan/Associated Press)

Tom Leppert, former contender for the GOP nomination for Senate and the former mayor of Dallas, endorsed Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) for Senate this week.

“We must elect leaders who have the experience of creating jobs and dealing with the fiscal issues facing our nation — leaders with a practical understanding of what makes our country work,” Leppert said in a statement released by the Dewhurst campaign. “David Dewhurst has that experience and it is for that reason that I endorse David Dewhurst for the U.S. Senate.”

Dewhurst, the establishment favorite, faces a tough GOP primary runoff against tea party darling Ted Cruz, the former Texas solicitor general.

The runoff is set for July 31.

Illinois: Timothy Johnson Noncommittal on Nominee for His Seat

House Republicans have rallied behind their new 13th district nominee, Rodney Davis, except for the Member vacating the seat.

Rep. Timothy Johnson (R) declined to say whether he’s backing Davis when Roll Call questioned him between floor votes on Wednesday.

“I’m not doing interviews right now,” Johnson said before walking away. He did not return a follow-up interview request placed with his staff. Full story

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