4) The Republican National Committee gave presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney the financial boost over President Obama and Democrats in May, according to latest FEC reports. Although the Obama campaign brought in over $39 million in May, the RNC carried Romney over the Democratic haul. The RNC brought in an additional $34.3 million in May, far more than the almost $20 million that the Democratic National Committee brought in. The Romney campaign and the RNC brought in a combined $76.8 million. 3) Roll Call reports on the pre-primary fundraising and spending disparity in the Utah Senate race: Sen. Orrin Hatch raised $569,000 and spent nearly $2 million while Dan Liljenquist raised $309,000 and spent just $388,000. It's another reason why Liljenquist is a heavy underdog going into next Tuesday's primary. Meanwhile, Politico reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching an ad campaign that praises Hatch for his opposition to Obama's health care law and support for the Keystone XL pipeline. 2) Richard Martin, a Kansas City-based lobbyist who is an ally of Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has launched a super PAC to help her, which he estimates has brought in about $100,000 so far, the Springfield News-Leader reports. So far this cycle, we haven't seen many super PACs launched to help Democratic incumbents, but considering the amount of outside GOP money being thrown at McCaskill and others, it has become a necessity in the current campaign finance landscape. 1) Politico reports that Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin's first TV ad of the Wisconsin Senate campaign takes a stand against China. Baldwin, who is very liberal, faces the challenge of winning over blue-collar voters in the state who have been moving away from Democrats in recent years. This is intended to register with them. Baldwin faces no competition on the Democratic side, but now that the recall campaign is over, the airwaves are less cluttered, and it's not a bad time to go up with a first spot. And Baldwin appears to need to improve her standing ahead of the general election: A new Marquette Law School poll released on Wednesday showed her trailing Tommy Thompson 49 percent to 41 percent.
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