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Bloomberg Plans $50M Gun Control Push; First Quarter Fundraising Roundup; Dueling Ads in NC SEN

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  • Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), "making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association. .... Bloomberg's blueprint reimagines the way gun control advocates have traditionally confronted the issue. Rather than relying so heavily on television ad campaigns," Bloomberg "will put a large portion of his resources into the often-unseen field operations that have been effective for groups like" the NRA "in driving single-issue, like-minded voters to the polls." (New York Times)
  • The DCCC raised $10.3 million in March and has $40.2 million cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)
  • In AR SEN, Sen. Mark Pryor (D) raised $1.22 million in the first quarter and has $4.4 million cash on hand. (release)
  • In GA SEN, businessman David Perdue (R) raised $575,000 in the first quarter and has $700,000 cash on hand. (release)
  • In KS SEN, physician Milton Wolf (R) launched his first TV ad of the race, saying that "after 47 years in Washington, Kansas is a distant memory for" Sen. Pat Roberts (R). "The ad will run for 14 days on the Fox News channel all across Kansas." (release)
  • Also in KS SEN, Roberts raised $534,000 in the first quarter and has $2.2 million cash on hand. (release)
  • In KY SEN, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) raised $2.7 million in the first quarter and has "just under" $5 million cash on hand. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
  • In MI SEN, Rep. Gary Peters (D) raised "more than" $1.35 million in the first quarter. (release)
  • In MN SEN, businessman Mike McFadden (R) raised "more than" $600,000 in the first quarter and has $1.8 million cash on hand. (AP)
  • In MS SEN, Sen. Thad Cochran (R) raised $1.7 million in the first quarter and has $1.5 million cash on hand, while state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) raised $475,000. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
  • Also in MS SEN, Cochran launched a new TV ad attacking McDaniel for his voting record. (release)
  • In NE SEN, former Treasurer Shane Osborn (R) launched a new TV ad attacking Midland University President Ben Sasse (R) as a "government bureaucrat" who is "beholden to Washington." (release)
  • Also in NE SEN, Sasse raised $884,000 in the first quarter and has "more than" $1 million cash on hand, while Osborn raised $617,000 and has $768,000 cash on hand. Banker Sid Dinsdale (R) raised $210,000 and has just $98,000 cash on hand. (Omaha World-Herald)
  • In NC SEN, American Crossroads (R) launched a new TV ad that starts out by attacking Sen. Kay Hagan (D) on health care before going on to tout state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) as a "fiscal conservative with the guts to repeal and replace Obamacare." (Hotline reporting)
  • Also in NC SEN, Senate Majority PAC (D) launched a new TV ad attacking Tillis by highlighting "two former staff members who were were engaged in inappropriate relationships with lobbyists, including one -- his chief of staff -- who shared an apartment with Tillis. ... The ad buy is $973,000." (Washington Post)
  • The National Rifle Association endorsed Tillis. (release)
  • In CA-07, Rep. Ami Bera (D) raised "more than" 485,000 in the first quarter and has "nearly" $1.5 million cash on hand. (Economic Times)
  • In CA-33, state Sen. Ted Lieu (D) raised $622,000 in the first quarter and has $579,000 cash on hand. (Los Angeles Times)
  • In FL-13, former state CFO Alex Sink (D) "has decided not to run for Congress again this year" against Rep. David Jolly (R). "Earlier this week," Rev. Manuel Sykes (D) "said he was considering running for the seat. Candidates must file by May 2 to appear on the ballot." (Tampa Bay Times)
  • In ID-02, the Chamber of Commerce launched a new TV ad featuring 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R), who calls Rep. Mike Simpson (R) "the conservative choice" in the race. (Wall Street Journal)
  • In IL-13, former judge Ann Callis (D) raised "more than" 290,000 in the first quarter and has $514,000 cash on hand. (Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette)
  • In NC-07, New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White (R) raised "more than" $400,000 in the first quarter and has "just over" $100,000 cash on hand, while former state Sen. David Rouzer (R) raised $293,000 and has "nearly" $419,000 cash on hand. (WECT-TV)
  • In NJ-03, 2013 SEN nominee Steve Lonegan (R) raised $302,000 in the first quarter and has $172,000 cash on hand, (PolitickerNJ) while attorney Aimee Belgard (D) raised "nearly" $230,000 and has $326,000 cash on hand. (PolitickerNJ)
  • In NY-19, Rep. Chris Gibson (R) raised $459,000 in the first quarter and has $1.2 million cash on hand, while venture capitalist Sean Eldridge (D) raised "more than" $520,000, including a $250,000 personal contribution, and has $1.6 million cash on hand. (Albany Times Union)
  • In VA-07, House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R) is airing a TV ad touting his opposition to President Obama. "The ad will run district-wide starting Wednesday, eventually on cable and broadcast, and will have a companion radio ad that will soon air as well." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • In AR GOV, former Rep. Mike Ross (D) raised $220,000 in March and has "more than" $2 million cash on hand, while former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) raised "more than" $200,000 and has $1.2 million cash on hand. (AP)
  • In GA GOV, Gov. Nathan Deal (R) launched his first TV ad of the race, calling Georgia "the number one place to do business." Deal's campaign "is spending more than $1 million" to air the ad "across the state ... through the May 20 primary." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In IL GOV, businessman Bruce Rauner (R) raised "more than" $9 million, including $5.3 million in personal contributions, in the first quarter and has $1.3 million cash on hand, while Gov. Pat Quinn (D) raised "just shy of" $5 million. (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • In OH GOV, Gov. John Kasich (R) released his first TV ad, a 60-second biographical spot that highlights his blue-collar roots. (release)
  • In PA GOV, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) launched a new 60-second TV ad featuring his wife Susan, a former teacher, who touts his commitment to improving education. (PoliticsPA)
  • Also in PA GOV, Rep. Allyson Schwatz (D) released a new TV ad deriding the "old boys club" in Harrisburg. (PoliticsPA) Former Department of Environmental Protection secretary Katie McGinty (D) also released two new 15-second TV ads: one that paints her as a "job-creating environmentalist," and another that highlights her support for a severance tax on oil and gas companies. (PoliticsPA)
  • In WI GOV, Gov. Scott Walker (R) released a new 60-second TV ad declaring "Wisconsin is back on." The narrator says: "It had gotten pretty bad four years ago. ... Wisconsin's future looked dark. But it's different now. Wisconsin has turned around. The deficit is gone. Taxes are lower. And more people have gone back to work." (WisPolitics)


  • According to a new McClatchy-Marist poll of national RVs, conducted April 7-10, 45% approve of the job Obama is doing as president, while 52% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted Feb. 4-9, 42% approved and 52% disapproved. (release)
  • The poll also shows Democrats leading the generic congressional ballot over Republicans 48-42% among RVs. In the previous poll, Democrats led 46-44%. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Tuesday's FEC deadline allows us to quantify how important Rep. Cory Gardner's (R) decision to run for Senate is in Colorado. He raised $1.4 million in the first quarter and has galvanized the state GOP. Ken Buck, who was probably the GOP frontrunner before Gardner and switched to run in the congressman's district, raised less than $213,000 and burned more than that. -- Scott Bland

• Who would benefit the most from a Kathleen Sebelius Senate campaign? It might be Pat Roberts: the incumbent Republican could plausibly argue that he needs to win his primary over Milton Wolf if the party is to hold onto this deeply red state. It's unclear if Sebelius's involvement with Obamacare would make her a viable candidate in a general election. -- Alex Roarty

• The Senate and governors' races in Arkansas are great examples of why using the political climate in Washington as a heavy predictor of the outcome of individual state races can sometimes be misleading, and observers would be better served to pay closer attention to what's happening in state capitols. While it's true the state hasn't voted Democratic in presidential race since 1996, it wasn't until 2012 that Republicans won control of the state legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. Democrats Pryor and Ross are both holding the line financially and in the polls against their Republican opponents, and that fits well in line with the toss up nature of recent races here, if not the state's conservative reputation at the national level. -- Karyn Bruggeman



  • "Texas Twins Campaign, but They Aren’t Sure for What" (New York Times)
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) "said there should be no limits on how much money people can donate to political campaigns. During a town hall meeting" Christie "called such rules 'ridiculous.' Instead, he suggested the law allow for unlimited donations, followed by a 48-hour period in which donors must disclose their contributions." Christie: "If somebody wants to write me a $100,000 check to my campaign, great. Forty-eight hours later, everybody who has access to the internet will know that Mr. Smith gave the $100,000." (Newark Star-Ledger)
  • "In her darkest hour last fall," outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of 'gross incompetence' over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign. ... Now she is weighing revenge." Sebelius "is considering entreaties from Democrats who want her to run against that old friend," Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). (New York Times)
  • "Sarah Palin is Iowa-bound for a political action committee rally and to stump for" Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R). (Des Moines Register)
  • Former President Jimmy Carter "has joined a group of Nobel laureates who oppose construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, warning" Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry: "You stand on the brink of making a choice that will define your legacy on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced – climate change." (Washington Post)
  • Obama "on Tuesday cut prison time for a drug convict sentenced to more than three extra years because of a typographical error in a court order." (AP)
  • If Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell "wondered why there were empty seats at a Philadelphia fundraiser held in his honor last week, he needed only to venture downstairs. At the city’s private, members-only Union League," Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) "was hosting" McConnell. "who on a normal day would probably be a pretty big draw for deep-pocketed Pennsylvania Republican donors. Unless the guest at a competing fundraiser one floor below is" Christie. (Washington Post)
  • TX GOV candidate/state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) will "have neck surgery Wednesday in Fort Worth to relieve pain in her shoulder and right arm." Spokesman Zac Petkanas "said procedure is routine and that Davis will resume her normal campaign schedule following the Easter holiday." (Dallas Morning News)
  • "Hey @SenatorReid here's a shot of @MittRomney paying taxes. Does it every year. It's how you get your paycheck." -- Josh Romney, in a tweet on Tuesday
  • "Looks like" NH SEN candidate Scott Brown (R) "will have to be taking at least two days off the campaign trail this summer. That's because both of his daughters are getting married less than a month apart." (Boston Herald)


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  • Gallup holds a discussion on its healthcare data. (Gallup Building, 9:30 a.m.)
  • Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen Delivers remarks on monetary policy and the economic recovery at the Economic Club of New York. (12:25 p.m.)
  • Obama and Vice President Biden hold an event to discuss "jobs-driven skills training in a 21st Century economy" at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pa. (3:35 p.m.)
  • The Nationals close out their three-game series against the Marlins. (MASN, 7:10 p.m.)
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  • Phil Mickelson was the last golfer to win the Masters twice in three years back in 2004 and 2006.
  • The winner is Justin Bartolomeo, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "On March 7, 1914 Babe Ruth hit his first of 714 professional career home runs. In what city and state did he hit his first and what team was he playing for at the time?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Despite the fact that I am a college graduate and I try hard to make sure our tax returns are accurate ... I know that I do not know whether or not my tax returns are accurate, which is a sad commentary on governance in our nation's capital." -- Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (The Hill)


"There are known knowns, there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know." -- Rumsfeld, during a 2002 press briefing (YouTube)

Adam Wollner, Editor

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