Washington (CNN) - The House Republican campaign committee raised $2 million more than its Democratic counterpart in April, but Democrats have a nearly $16 million cash advantage over the GOP as the summer approaches.
The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $7.1 million in April and has $11.4 million in the bank, according to data released by the GOP fundraising arm. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $5.1 million over the same time period and has $27.3 million cash-on-hand, according to figures it will report to the Federal Election Commission.
Both committees reported no debt.
Washington (CNN) - Two Republican sources at Wednesday’s House GOP Conference meeting tell CNN that there was a lot of grumbling about the party’s loss in a special election Tuesday for the vacant House seat in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district.
Democratic candidate Mark Critz topped Republican Tim Burns by double digits in the battle to succeed the late Democratic Rep. Jack Murtha.
“People should be rumbling – members sure were,” said one of the sources.
Both sources, one a Republican lawmaker and one a senior GOP staffer, said National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Pete Sessions took responsibility for the loss and promised to study the results and learn the lessons of the Burns’ defeat.
Both sources said they did not believe there would be an effort to replace Rep. Sessions as chairman of the NRCC, but said it was made clear there is deep dissatisfaction.
The accounts also exposed anew long festering tensions or rivalries among House Minority Leader John Boehner and some of his deputies in the leadership. The two sources, both from the more conservative factions of the House GOP caucus, noted it was the Ohio Republican who tapped Sessions for the NRCC’s top post and said most of the NRCC’s top staff have ties to Boehner.
Washington (CNN) – The National Republican Congressional Committee is weighing in on Rep. David Obey's decision not to run for re-election later this year.
"There is no question that David Obey was facing the race of his life and that is why it is understandable that the architect of President Obama's failed stimulus plan has decided to call it quits," NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain said in a statement.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has $16 million more in the bank than the National Republican Congressional Committee heading into November, according to the latest fundraising totals released Tuesday afternoon.
The DCCC raised more than $9.7 million, while the NRCC took in $8 million last month, the committees reported. At the beginning of April, the DCCC had $26 million cash-on-hand, compared to the NRCC's $10 million in the bank.
The DCCC and NRCC are the campaign arms for their respective political parties.
Despite the huge cash disadvantage, Republicans are expected to pick up seats in November.
Washington (CNN) - House Republicans continued the drumbeat Monday against President Obama's health care reform law with a new online effort criticizing 15 Democrats for supporting the legislation.
The National Republican Congressional Committee unveiled a Web page named after Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, the anti-abortion rights Democrat who made an eleventh-hour deal with the White House on abortion language that ensured his party had enough votes to pass the massive health care overhaul bill.
"The goal is to keep the bill fresh on the minds of voters in targeted districts," Ken Spain, the NRCC's communications director, told CNN.
Read a list of House Democrats being targeted after the jump:
Washington (CNN) – With just over a month to go before the May 18 special election to fill the House seat formerly held by the late Rep. John Murtha, political ads are starting to light up the airwaves in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district.
Republican Tim Burns and Democrat Mark Critz are both being attacked in TV spots financed by national party committees.
On Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released an ad alleging that Burns would raise taxes. As the ad's narrator tells it, "Southwestern Pennsylvania is hurting, but millionaire Tim Burns would make things even worse."
The National Republican Congressional Committee went on TV earlier this week with an ad painting Critz as too liberal for Pennsylvania because of his support for federal health care legislation.
Washington (CNN) - As a vote on health care reform nears, Republican and conservative groups are attempting to defeat the bill by pressuring undecided and vulnerable Democrats to vote against the legislation.
Bob Adams, the executive director of the League of American Voters, tells CNN that his organization will place a $547,000 television ad buy on Monday which will target 21 legislators. The group has spent $330,000 running ads since February 27.
The group has listed on their Web site the name and phone number of every Democrat who voted against the House's health care bill in November, as well as those of the 21 Democrats who voted "yea" in November but may change their vote.
As the phone lines jam, the offices of some of those Democrats are expressing frustration that their constituents may be unable to reach out.
New York Rep. Dan Maffei's press secretary Abby Gardner told CNN that her office was averaging about 500 phone calls per day last week, but that only 20 or so were from constituents in Maffei's district.
"The calls from the district are very mixed pro/for [and] against health care legislation," Gardner said. "The calls from outside of the district are exclusively against health care."
"Unfortunately the call volume makes it difficult for people to get through, and while I think the groups who really generate these calls consider jamming our phone lines a sign of strength and success, it really doesn't do anything to persuade the Rep.'s opinion on how to vote," Gardner said.
Washington (CNN) – The National Republican Congressional Committee has erased a $2 million debt and starts the new year with about $2.7 million in the bank, according to a report that will be filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.
The NRCC's political counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, holds a significant cash advantage over the GOP with $17 million in the bank heading into the 2010 election.
The NRCC will report raising more than $3.2 million last month, while spending about $4.9 million. Of the $4.9 million, $2 million was used to clear the committee of its debt.
Washington (CNN) – National Republicans will begin airing a new 30 second commercial this week in Rep. John Spratt's congressional district, criticizing the South Carolina Democrat for his role as House Budget Committee chairman.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is airing the political ad with the hope of pressuring Spratt to choose retirement over running for a 15th term to the House.
There are rumors that Spratt, who was first elected in 1982, is contemplating leaving office in November. Spratt has a history of being a very strong incumbent. In 2008, he won re-election by a 62 percent to 37 percent margin in a district where John McCain defeated Barack Obama by a 53 percent to 46 percent spread. But this year, Congressional Republicans are touting Mick Mulvaney, a GOP state senator, as a candidate who can potentially knock off the powerful chairman.
In addition to the NRCC's weeklong cable buy, the House GOP campaign arm is sending out an e-mail blast to its entire supporter list this afternoon asking them to donate money to keep the ad on the air. Third party interest groups often use this fundraising technique to encourage their supporters to help fund political commercials.
Full text of ad after the jump:
Steele responded to a question about GOP prospects in 2010 Monday night by telling Fox News that Republicans were unlikely to take back the House: "Not this year," he said. But the GOP leader told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Tuesday that he simply isn't ready to make any kind of prediction and that Republicans now are trying to "put in place good candidates to win and winning as if we will take the House in the fall."
"No one is right now declaratively stating that we will win the House back in this November," Steele said. "If they are saying that, I'd like to see the crystal ball they are looking through, because there is a lot of politics to unfold here, and a lot of races to be settled on both sides of the political tracks."
Earlier Tuesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee aimed to negate Steele's comments, with spokesman Ken Spain saying he thinks the GOP can win back the majority in the House in the upcoming midterm elections.