(CNN) – The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out Friday with its first television ad of the general election, thrusting itself into the deadlocked Senate battle between Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak and former Republican Rep. Pat Toomey.
The 30-second commercial calls Toomey "a Wall Street wheeler-dealer" and says the financial industry is "funding his campaign."
"…Millionaire Toomey helped pioneer the use of derivatives – he called them an 'enormous good,'" the ad's narrator says. "But they wound up nearly destroying our economy."
"Pat Toomey spent his whole life either working on Wall Street or working for Wall Street's interests," DSCC national press secretary Deirdre Murphy said in a statement. "The people of Pennsylvania should have a Senator who stands up for them, not the corporate special interests."
Read Toomey's response after the jump:
Washington (CNN) – In the Senate campaign money race, Democrats have the advantage as the second quarter numbers come in.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reports it raised $7.1 million in the month of June, besting the National Republican Senatorial Committee who reports a $4.03 million haul over the same period.
The Democrats say they pulled in $15.25 million in the second quarter while their Republican counterparts did not report a quarterly figure. Both campaign committees have full coffers however as Republicans have $19.7 million cash on hand and the Democrats exceed them, reporting in excess of $21 million.
(CNN) – As the Wall Street reform bill appears to be on the verge of passing with little GOP support, Democrats are aiming to put Republicans in races across the country on the hook for not backing the measure.
With many national polls indicating that a majority of Americans support increased regulation of Wall Street practices, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is seizing on the opportunity to flag Republicans in the midst of Senate bids who have either come out against the bill or have hesitated supporting it.
Declaring that "these Republicans show zero hesitation to put their political interests first," the DSCC is launching a new interactive web page aiming to inform voters in target races that the GOP candidate voted no when it came to changing the way Wall Street works.
Washington (CNN) - In the important battle for campaign cash, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has edged out its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, when it comes to funds raised last month and money in the bank.
The DSCC reports Tuesday afternoon that it brought in $6 million in March, and says it has over $17 million cash on hand. Earlier Tuesday the NRSC reported raising $5.14 million last month, with just over $15 million in the bank. Neither committee reports holding any debt.
Both committees are touting their fundraising totals.
Washington (CNN) – I'll take your $5 million and match it.
Just hours after the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced that it brought in $5.1 million last month, which they say is the biggest monthly haul of the 2010 campaign cycle and their best January ever when it comes to fundraising, their GOP counterpart, the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced that it raised $5.01 million last month. The NRSC also says the January numbers are their strongest of this campaign cycle.
When it comes to cash on hand, the DSCC says they have $12.9 million cash in the bank, with debt of $833,000. The NRSC reports $10.65 million cash on hand, with no debt. The two parties were nearly neck-and-neck when it comes to fundraising totals over the course of 2009: Democrats raised a total of $43.5 million while Republicans took in $41.2 million.
"Moving into 2010, the NRSC continues to build on our already-strong fundraising efforts with an expanding donor base that recognizes the critical importance of this year's election," says Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Chairman of the NRSC. "The fact that we have been able to remain competitive with our Democrat counterparts despite entering this cycle vastly outnumbered in the Senate and facing a record fundraising gap from 2008, speaks to the growing energy among Republicans and independents across the country. With each passing day, more and more Americans are making clear that they are tired of business-as-usual in Washington and will vote for new leadership in November."
Washington (CNN) - They lost their supermajority in the Senate last month but it seems January was a very good month for Senate Democrats when it comes to fundraising.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will announce Thursday that it brought in $5.1 million last month, which they say is the biggest monthly haul of this 2010 campaign cycle and their best January ever when it comes to fundraising. The DSCC tells CNN that it has $12.9 million cash on hand, with debt of $833,000.
No word yet on how much cash the National Republican Senatorial Committee raised last month.
The NRSC outraised its Democratic counterpart in December but began the new year trailing the DSCC when it came to money in the bank. The two parties were nearly neck-and-neck when it comes to fundraising totals over the course of 2009: Democrats raised a total of $43.5 million while Republicans took in $41.2 million.
"With these resources, we will make sure that In November voters face a choice between Republicans standing with Washington's special interests and Democrats who are standing up for them," says DSCC communications director Eric Schultz. "Democrats are energized when they see Republicans carrying water for the special interests in Washington day in and day out. Our supporters are driven to get involved when they see the other party standing with the corporate interests on any given issue."
Each party is defending 18 seats this cycle. Republican Sen. Scott Brown's victory last month in a special senate election in Massachusetts gave his party 41 seats in the chamber, denying the Democrats their 60 seat filibuster-proof supermajority.
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Washington (CNN) – Democrats have been hounding former Sen. Dan Coats since he announced this week he will challenge Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, in this year's midterm election.
Coats served as U.S. ambassador to Germany in his post-Senate life, but he also worked as a lobbyist representing Wall Street banks, health insurance providers and pharmaceutical companies. Democrats also pointed out that Coats is actually registered to vote in Virginia, not the Hoosier state.
Now, hoping to paint Coats as even more out of touch with the people he hopes to represent, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is pushing a video in which Coats suggests he'd rather live in North Carolina than Indiana.
"If you don't tell the good people of Indiana, Marcia and I decided that there might be a better place where some of these older bones can absorb, so we have joined her parents in North Carolina," Coats says in the video, which was recorded during a speech he delivered to North Carolina delegates at the most recent Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
Coats and his wife bought a $1.8 million home in Wilmington, North Carolina in 2006, according to documents provided by the DSCC.
(CNN) – In the wake of the surprising Massachusetts special election result last week, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is urging the party's 2010 candidates to define their Republican opponents early.
"Given the pressure Republican candidates feel from the extreme right in their party, there is a critical - yet time-sensitive –opportunity for Democratic candidates," a DSCC memo, obtained by CNN, states. "We have a finite window when Republicans candidates will feel susceptible to the extremists in their party. Given the urgent nature of this dynamic, we suggest an aggressive effort to get your opponents on the record."
Specifically, the DSCC wants Democratic candidates to pin down their likely opponents on several hot-button issues, including:
- Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?
- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?
- Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?
- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?
- Do you think America should return to a gold standard?
– CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.
Plouffe, Obama’s former campaign manager, will be taking on an expanded role as an outside political adviser to the White House, the Washington Post reported Saturday. Plouffe’s increased role in advising the White House political operation comes in the wake of Democrats’ stunning loss last week in a Massachusetts special Senate election which deprived Obama’s party of the filibuster-proof supermajority it previously held in the Senate. The loss of a crucial 60th vote in the Senate has immediately deprived Democrats of the support necessary to pass a health care reform bill, Obama’s top domestic agenda item of the past year, and has likewise called into question some of Obama’s other ambitious plans including a cap-and-trade energy bill and financial regulatory reform.
Asked whether the White House’s decision to bring in Plouffe suggested that he had not done enough, Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Sunday that he welcomed Plouffe.
“We welcome the White House beefing up their political operation in a volatile political atmosphere,” Menendez told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
“Clearly, we did everything we could in Massachusetts,” Menendez also told King, defending his committee’s work in support of Martha Coakley’s failed campaign.
“I think the big take-away from Massachusetts, however, is that, in fact, there is enormous economic angst in the country. . . . And that economic angst came out to play in this election. It is something that I expect the president to deal with in his State of the Union speech and something we will deal with as a jobs package.”