First on CNN: Group raises $7.5 million for House Democrats
January 13th, 2014
09:30 PM ET
8 months ago

First on CNN: Group raises $7.5 million for House Democrats

(CNN) - House Majority PAC, a group that supports Democratic efforts to take control of the House of Representatives, raised $7.5 million in 2013 as it gears up for this year's midterm elections, a spokesman said.

The amount is more than double the $3 million it raised in 2011, the off-year for the 2012 election cycle.

Andy Stone, the super PAC's communications director, said the group is working to combat the efforts of billionaires Charles and David Koch, better known as the Koch Brothers.

The conservative duo has been focused on targeting Obamacare and candidates who support it, trying to make the health care law the dominant issue of the 2014 midterm elections.

Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by the Koch Brothers, spent $16 million on television ads in the fall, including millions specifically against vulnerable House Democrats in recent months.

But Stone said Democrats are stepping it up this year, as well.

"Fortunately, as they witness a House GOP seemingly allergic to creating jobs or getting anything done, Democrats are both responding in a big way and recognize the continuing need to be aggressive," Stone said.

So far this cycle, House Majority PAC has already run television ads in six races (WV-03, FL-02, IL-13, NV-03, OH-14, CO-06) and radio ads in a seventh race (MN-02).

The group has also announced plans to run television ads in Tucson and Phoenix to match attack ads against Democratic Reps. Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick by Americans for Property.

Democrats need to pick up 17 House seats to regain control of the House, something most political analysts say is now out of their reach due to the low number of competitive races.

In the 2012 cycle, Democrats gained a net of eight seats in the House. House Majority PAC spent $36 million in 52 races.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House Majority PAC
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. S. B. Stein

    Is there any chance that the Democrats could win the House? I think that there is a small chance.

    January 13, 2014 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The Guns Over People tea potty couldn't even get the NRA to shell out for Cuccinelli and their radical extremist wingnut in Alabama. November comes quickly for all of them.

    January 14, 2014 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  3. Harold Read

    Your politicians... Bought and paid for.

    January 14, 2014 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  4. Marie MD

    This is just the beginning. The problem is going to be gerrymandering, less hours and days of voting and voter ID never before needed in red states.
    NC's ex election president (or whatever he was) admitted that the new voter ID laws were to keep Democrats from voting and yet the old farts on the SCOTUS think that the 60s are a thing of the past. Sort of like randy from KY.

    January 14, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  5. Thomas

    Reince Priebus is not very bright !

    January 14, 2014 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "In the 2012 cycle, Democrats gained a net of eight seats in the House. House Majority PAC spent $36 million in 52 races."

    BenGHAZI to the third power.

    January 14, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Just look at who backs the GOP, the Koch brothers, that should be enough to make you vote for any democrate. I wonder if the billionaire Koch brothers removed the pile of SLUGE next to the river in Detroit yet?? These are the same people that don't want ANY environmental regulations . They should tell that to the people of West Virginia !!!!!

    January 14, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Folks, just go and vote straight Democratic ticket. Drive these GOP garbage out. Please do it for USA. GOP wants you to have guns, wars, greed, not education, healthcare, infrastructure. GOP looted out of Iraq unfounded WMD. God bless!!!

    January 14, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  9. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    These GOP fools BRAG about cutting EPA funds by a large % . They should tell the people of West Virginia how they are looking out for their best interest, I don't think they look out for anybody's interest while they allow the Koch brothers to pullute the West Virginia environment .!!!!

    January 14, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    as they witness a House GOP seemingly allergic to creating jobs or getting anything done, Democrats are both responding in a big way and recognize the continuing need to be aggressive
    -------------------------------------------------
    Democrats need to do something they are not good at and that is to rally together and get behind the President and the ACA.
    Democrats need to turn the tables on the Republicans starting now with a narrative on the ACA right up front that highlights the many, many positive benefits of a law that we wanted and got.
    Democrats need to stop letting the Republicans define their defense and get on top of their offense. Let the Repubes waste millIons of campaign dollars on ads responding to a UNITED front from the Democrats on ACA, jobs, immigration, and a House that cost us $24BILLION that we did not have because the cray-crays are being allowed to rule the roost.
    Run on THAT Democrats. Run on the unnecessary and irresponsible government shutdown courtesy of the House Republicans. Run on UNITED with your President and fellow Democrats.....
    But please, already, stop running SCARED.

    January 14, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama: "Democrats need to stop letting the Republicans define their defense and get on top of their offense."

    Oh. You mean like not stand around wringing their hands in unified confusion? Yeah, I'll buy that. Democrats might also learn sooner rather than later that wishy-washy candidates brings about wishy-washy voter turnout. Especially in off year elections. We've been there, done (2010 comes to mind) and a great many are still trying to talk themselves out of their own cause and effect of THAT particular election.

    Personally, I think the GOP is not playing the game to win and have already lost the narrative big time. Now, if the DEMOCRATS understood what they have to gain and stop moaning over what they've lost, things might start happening.

    You know what I'm saying ...

    January 14, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota
    Personally, I think the GOP is not playing the game to win and have already lost the narrative big time. Now, if the DEMOCRATS understood what they have to gain and stop moaning over what they've lost, things might start happening.

    You know what I'm saying ...
    -------------------------------------------------
    I sure do my friend.
    Why would the Democrats NOT capitalize, starting now, on that $24BILLION debacle brought on by a Republican induced government shutdown? WHO in their right mind would pass THAT up?
    As opposed to running to the other side of the state when the President comes, Democrats need to remind the voters that the fiscally IRRESPONSIBLE Republicans cost our recuperating economy $24BILLION simply because the Republicans did not want little Timmy who has an illness that will require lifetime care to have healthcare without a lifetime cap. They did not want our sons and daughters on our insurance until they could get their feet under them, and so on and so forth.
    The Democrats seems intent on doing the same thing they did in 2010 even though that netted them disastrous resutls.
    You'd think they were insane as they are exhibiting the same behaviour and expecting different results.
    Oy ver!

    January 14, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Typo: "Oy vey". Pardon

    January 14, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |