Washington (CNN) – A hefty third party advertising buy is bringing renewed national attention to New York's 26th district as the race there becomes a referendum of sorts on the House GOP budget plan.
The May 24th special election pits Republican New York State Assembly member Jane Corwin against Democrat Kathleen Hochul and independent Tea Party candidate Jack Davis, a conservative former Democrat who may siphon votes from Corwin.
Washington (CNN) - The National Republican Congressional Committee is launching new television ads and robo-calls attacking Democrats for supporting their party's fiscal blueprint instead of the House GOP budget plan, in the latest round of political attack ads.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has officially launched its campaign targeting 25 House Republican lawmakers over their support of the 2012 GOP budget proposal.
Adding to paid radio advertisements that went up last week is an initiative to flood Republican home districts with telephone calls to get the DCCC word out, as well as a web video posted Monday. All make the point that the Republican members promised to protect Medicare on the 2010 campaign trail only to support a 2012 budget which would cut Medicare spending in the future.
Washington (CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $19.6 million in the first three months of 2011, a sizable amount as they try to regain the House majority in the 2012 elections.
The DCCC used the contributions to help slice $11.5 million off its debt, which stood at $19.5 million at the beginning of the year. As of March, the close of the first quarter fundraising period, the DCCC's debt was $8 million.
(CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is pressing forward with its "Drive to 25" campaign to win 25 House seats in 2012. Tuesday the DCCC announced the release of newspaper ads, e-mail, and recorded phone call initiatives that hit House Republicans on Budget Chair Paul Ryan's aim to include cuts to entitlement programs in the budget coming from the majority party.
The ad isolates ten House districts including Ryan, eight freshmen congressmen including Tea Party darlings Allen West of Florida as well as Wisconsin's Sean Duffy, and 21-term veteran Bill Young of Florida. The DCCC did not respond to requests on how large their ad buy is.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden blasted Republicans during a fundraiser in Philadelphia on Friday, comparing their approach to the budget battle to the mentality of "blaming the victim" of a rape.
The remarks came as he appeared at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) event with former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, then a Republican, who co-authored the Violence Against Women Act with him. Biden referenced the act in his comparison to Republicans, saying that before it was passed, "there was this attitude in our society of blaming the victim."
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised slightly more money than its Republican counterpart in February, but carries nearly $8 million more in debt heading into the 2012 elections.
The DCCC collected $5.2 million last month and has $5.9 in the bank, but has a debt of $17.3 million, according to data that will be filed with the Federal Election Commission. Conversely, the National Republican Congressional Committee raised $4.9 million in February, has $4.3 million cash-on-hand with a debt of $9.5 million, according to its monthly filing.
Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) - President Barack Obama plays the role of fundraiser-in-chief Monday evening, helping the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raise an estimated $1 million.
The president headlines a DCCC fundraiser at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Among those joining Obama at the event are House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steve Israel, the DCCC chairman. Tickets for the event range from $5,000 per person for dinner to $50,000 per couple for dinner, a photo line, and a VIP reception. A source with knowledge of the event says around $1 million will raised at the dinner.
Washington (CNN) - Which House Democrats are most vulnerable to losing their jobs heading into the 2012 elections? On Thursday, a key Democratic campaign group released its initial list of names.
One of them on the list: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.