(CNN) - Rallying Democratic governors Thursday, President Barack Obama urged his party not to overlook state-level elections because they aren't as "sexy" as national contests.
"So often, the action - how our policies are actually impacting our constituents day to day - are being determined by governors and state legislatures," Obama said at the Democratic Governors Association fundraiser at the St. Regis hotel in Washington.
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Washington (CNN) – Democratic governors and gubernatorial candidates are gathering in the nation's capital Monday to plot strategy ahead of next year's elections, when three dozen governorships are up for grabs.
Eleven Democratic governors, a governor-elect, and around a dozen candidates are taking part in the Democratic Governors Association annual meeting. On the agenda: Strategy sessions and policy panels during the day, with a holiday party to cap things off in the evening. The main mission is to give a walk-through to the incumbent governors and candidates running next year of what the DGA does and how it can help them.
(CNN) - The nation's Democratic governors gather in Los Angeles Monday, as the Democratic Governors Association kicks off two days of annual meetings.
At the conference, the governors will elect their new leadership. And the man who's led the DGA the past two years as chairman is expected to keep a leadership position with the group that works to recruit and support Democratic candidates for governor, as well as assist Democratic incumbents up for re-election.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Governors Association on Friday reported raising approximately $8 million in the first three months of 2012.
The new figure is over $2 million more than in the first quarter of the comparable 2008 election cycle, according to the organization in charge of electing Democrats to state houses.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Governors Association will announce Thursday that it raised approximately $11 million the first six months of this year.
The DGA touts that their fundraising figure is more than double what it raised during the first six months of 2007, a comparable election cycle. The DGA also reports having $8.6 million cash on hand.
Washington (CNN) - The incoming chairman of the Democratic Governors Association says he's preparing for the upcoming election cycle.
Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland Wednesday was formally elected to take over as head of the DGA, as he met with other Democratic governors and governors-elect.
(CNN) - The Democratic Governor's Association announced Friday it raised $10 million over the last three months, a cash haul that puts the organization in strong financial shape as it faces the prospect of losing control of a significant number of statehouses this November.
According to the DGA, the $10 million is a record-breaking amount for a three-month haul and increases the organization's coffers to $13 million with a month to go before the 37 gubernatorial elections being held this November.
Washington (CNN) - It's often overshadowed by the battle for control of Congress, but the Democratic and Republican parties are ramping up their efforts in the crucial fight for control of the nation's governorships.
The Republican Governor's Association announced that they launched new commercials in Ohio, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Maine and Michigan Wednesday and Thursday. The governorships in all five states are currently held by Democrats. And the RGA confirms that it's also donating $500,000 to Susana Martinez, the GOP gubernatorial nominee in New Mexico - another state where the Democrats are fighting to hold onto a governors' office.
Meanwhile the Democratic Governors Association is up with a new ad taking on Martinez, the Dona Ana County district attorney. The DGA is also running a new commercial in Ohio, as well as in Vermont and Maine.
(CNN) - The Democratic Governors Association announced Tuesday that they have raised over $1 million to "match" the $1 million that Fox News' parent company, News Corporation, has given to the Republican Governors Association in the 2010 election cycle.
The announcement demonstrates the success Democrats have had painting Fox News as a mouthpiece for the Republican Party.
"When Fox News' parent company, News America, pumped a million bucks into this year's 37 governors' races, I bet they thought they'd be helping the Republican Governors Association snuff out Democratic state leaders and congressional majorities for years to come," the DGA's executive director, Nathan Daschle, wrote in an e-mail to supporters Monday. "Boy, did that backfire."
The DGA raised nearly $200,000 in the last 48 hours according to Daschle's e-mail and another e-mail sent Tuesday by DGA finance director Colleen Turrentine.
(CNN) - With the knowledge that Fox News' parent company recently cut a $1 million check to the Republican Governors Association, the leader of the Democratic Governors Association is calling on the cable news network to run a "formal disclaimer" when it covers gubernatorial races.
"I request that you add a formal disclaimer to your news coverage any time any of your programs cover governors or gubernatorial races between now and Election Day," DGA executive director Nathan Daschle wrote in the letter to Roger Ailes. "[…]If you do not add a disclaimer, I request that you and your staff members on the 'fair and balanced' side of the network demand that the contribution be returned."
A CNN review of financial contributions made by media corporations showed that the parent companies of CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC have all made at least six-figure contributions to political parties and candidates. But none of them have given one organization so much money relative to its equivalent association on the other side of the aisle.
Read the full letter after the jump: