5) Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal cut a television ad for Democratic Senate candidate Chris Murphy, as we get close to their August 14 primary. "I'm supporting Chris Murphy, the candidate that can help me break the gridlock and get results," says Blumenthal in the ad. 4) Sarah Palin campaigned for Missouri Senate candidate Sarah Steelman in the final weekend before Tuesday's GOP primary. "She has had the guts to go against the grain," said Palin. Stay tuned to Hotline on Call later today for our preview of the tight GOP primary in Missouri. 3) Americans United for Change and AFSCME are launching a $280,000 ad buy hitting two GOP Senate candidates (Dean Heller in Nevada and Denny Rehberg in Montana) and three GOP Reps. (Jim Renacci in Ohio, Dan Lungren in California, and Steve King in Iowa) on voting to extend the Bush tax cuts. See the ad targeting Heller here. 2) The first round of headline speakers announced for the Republican National Convention: Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. John McCain, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. So looks like we can take Rice, Haley and Martinez, considered longshots in the veepstakes, off that list. 1) Another big fundraising month for Mitt Romney. Romney, the RNC, and a joint fundraising committee brought in $101.3 million in July. They ended the month with $186 million in the bank. Obama has yet to release his fundraising totals for the month. Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that President Obama has "has spent more campaign cash more quickly than any incumbent" in recent history.
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