(CNN) - Led by Mississippi's Haley Barbour, five GOP governors are hitting the trail next week in support of fellow Republican gubernatorial candidates in this year's midterm elections.
Barbour, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will make stops in 13 states over five days, starting Tuesday in New Mexico. Later Tuesday Barbour campaigns in Wyoming and South Dakota, followed by Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois on Wednesday. Thursday he'll be in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, with stops Friday in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. The tour ends Saturday with events in Oregon, Minnesota, Florida, and Wisconsin.
Washington (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association reports that it raised $31 million over the past three months, bringing the amount of money it has brought in this year to $59 million. The RGA's haul is three times the amount that the Democratic Governors Association says it fundraised in the third quarter of this year. The RGA says that prior to 2010, it never raised more than $30 million in a single year.
The RGA says it had $31.5 million cash on hand as of the end of September.
(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) – The Republican Governors Association is launching a campaign targeting Georgia gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes, a Democrat, over his career as a lawyer.
The campaign centerpiece is a website, www.1888KingRoy.com, which plays off the trial lawyer meme, urging site visitors to "Act fast!" and "Call now!"
"Roy Barnes may have failed as a governor, but there's no doubting that he's thrived as a trial lawyer," said RGA spokesman Chris Schrimpf.
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.
Washington (CNN) - What a difference a few hours make. Late Tuesday night, after businessman's Rick Scott's victory over Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Sunshine state's Republican gubernatorial primary, a statement by the Republican Governors Association barely mentioned Scott.
"Intraparty struggles are often difficult to watch, and the contest in Florida has been a good example of that. That said, the primary is over, Rick Scott is the nominee, the general election has begun, and our party now looks forward," said RGA spokesman Tim Murtaugh in a statement.
McCollum, a former Republican congressman, was considered the insider or establishment candidate, and was favored by many in the national party hierarchy.
The comments on Scott stood in contrast to Murtaugh's statement praising Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who won her state's GOP gubernatorial nomination Tuesday night.
Wednesday afternoon, Mississippi Governor and RGA Chairman Haley Barbour put out a statement with kinder words regarding Scott.
Washington (CNN) - Check out the two statements Tuesday night from the Republican Governors Association on the results of the Arizona and Florida GOP gubernatorial primaries. They are very telling.
In reacting to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's overwhelming victory to capture the GOP nomination, RGA Tim Murtaugh said "Through hard work and principled leadership, Governor Brewer has earned a full term as governor of Arizona. After cleaning up a budget mess she inherited from her predecessor, she ably took up Arizona's fight against unwanted, excessive intrusion from Washington, D.C. and intervened when the federal government failed to enforce its own immigration laws. The voters will reward her with a deserved victory in November."
But in his reaction to businessman's Rick Scott's victory over Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Sunshine state's Republican gubernatorial primary, Murtaugh barely mentioned Scott in his statement, only saying that "Intraparty struggles are often difficult to watch, and the contest in Florida has been a good example of that. That said, the primary is over, Rick Scott is the nominee, the general election has begun, and our party now looks forward."
(CNN) - Organizing for America, President Obama's political organization that is now run out of the Democratic National Committee, sent a fundraising email to supporters Thursday that highlights a $1 million donation from News Corp. to the Republican Governors Association.
News Corp. is the parent company of Fox News, an organization the White House has sparred with in the past. In October, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said, "The reality of it is that Fox often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party."
That sentiment was echoed in Thursday's fundraising email.
"News Corp. - the parent company of Fox News - just donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, an official organization campaigning against Democrats all over the country this fall," Organizing for America director Mitch Stewart said in the e-mail. "It's one thing to echo Republican talking points and hire Sarah Palin for political 'analysis.' It's another thing to cut those Republicans a seven-figure check to fund their attack ads and robo-calls."