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Dem Committees Outraise GOP in Feb.; PA GOV Air War Intensifies; New Ads to Boost House Moderates

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WHAT'S NEWS

  • The DNC raised $7.5 million in February, ending the month with $7 million cash on hand and $15.2 million in debt, while the RNC raised $7.1 million, ending the month with $10 million cash on hand and no debt. (Hotline reporting)
  • The DCCC raised $6.4 million in February, ending the month with $34.4 million cash on hand and no debt, while the NRCC raised $5.1 million, ending the month with $24.8 million cash on hand and no debt. (Hotline reporting)
  • The NRSC raised $5.5 million in February, ending the month with $12.8 million cash on hand and no debt. (As noted on Thursday, the DSCC raised $6.8 million and had $18.1 million cash on hand and $1.2 million in debt.) (Hotline reporting)
  • In AK SEN, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R), "struggling to raise money in the ... primary, has replaced his campaign manager and communications consultant in a major shakeup." (Politico)
  • In CO SEN, "[a]t least two" Senate Majority PAC (D) "ad buys totaling $112,000 were reported by two Denver TV stations late Thursday." (Colorado Independent)
  • In GA SEN, Rep. Jack Kingston (R) released a new TV ad, saying he's "fighting to shrink big government, balance the budget, and stop Obamacare." The ad is running statewide on broadcast and cable. (release)
  • In MN SEN, a new super PAC "has organized to oppose" Sen. Al Franken (D). (Bloomberg News)
  • In IL GOV, Americans for Prosperity launched a new TV ad attacking Gov. Pat Quinn (D) for supporting a progressive income tax. AFP is spending $120,000 to air the ad on cable stations in Chicago and central Illinois. (CapitolFax.com)
  • Also in IL GOV, businessman Bruce Rauner (R) released a Spanish-language version of a TV ad he ran attacking Quinn's record in office earlier this month. (release)
  • In PA GOV, Treasurer Rob McCord (D) launched his first two TV ads of the campaign, which will start airing Friday and "run through the end of the month. ... The first ad focuses on McCord's biography, noting that he was raised by a single mom who was a teacher. ... The second spot also spotlights McCord's early background" and focuses on his "plan to use a tax on gas drilling to fund education." (PoliticsPA.com)
  • Also in PA GOV, former Department of Environmental Protection secretary Katie McGinty (D) released her second TV ad this week, focusing on her commitment to helping the middle class. (PoliticsPA.com)
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is also going up with a $280,000 TV ad buy on Friday on broadcast and cable. (PoliticsPA.com)
  • "Center Forward is going on air with its first ad buy of the election cycle, touting the work of centrists who voted to withhold salaries from Congress unless it passed a budget." The ads will support Rep. Ron Barber (D) in AZ-02, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) in AZ-09, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D) in IL-17, Rep. Pete Gallego (D) in TX-23, Rep. John Carney (D) in DE-AL, Rep. Charlie Dent (R) in PA-15, Rep. Richard Hanna (R) in NY-22. "The initial flight of ads has $755,000 behind it and will run during the next two weeks, with another round planned for May or June." (The Hill)
  • In AR-02, Bill Clinton will attend an April 6 fundraiser for former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays (D) as well as a previously reported event with former FEMA director/AR-04 candidate James Lee Witt (D) on April 5. (Talk Business Arkansas)
  • In MN-07, the NRCC launched a new TV ad attacking Rep. Collin Peterson (D) over Obamacare. "The ad is part of a $50,000 buy and will run in the Fargo and Twin Cities media markets for three weeks." (Politico)
  • In NY-01, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) "is headlining a new cable TV spot for" 2010 candidate George Demos (R), "claiming he'd be a 'great congressman' and defending him against critics." (Newsday)
  • In NY-13, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. (D), a "powerful political ally" of Rep. Charles Rangel (D), will endorse his primary challenger, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D). (New York Post)
  • In TX-04, Now or Never PAC (R) released a new TV ad highlighting Rep. Ralph Hall's (R) age and attacking him as a "Washington insider." (Hotline reporting)
  • In WV-03, two TV stations informed state Sen. Evan Jenkins's (R) campaign that they have pulled House Majority PAC's (D) recent TV ad that falsely claimed he "vowed to repeal black lung benefits." (release)

OUR CALL

Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

 

• The PA GOV Democratic primary should heat up now that Tom Wolf isn't the only candidate on the air, as McGinty and McCord both launched TV ads this week. Wolf recently said, "I think what actually is distinguishing me from the others in the race is my story," not simply name ID from being on TV. Exposure for other candidates and their personal stories will determine if that holds true, or if Wolf's prime spot in the polls is about to take a tumble. Personal appeal will be key -- very little separates the candidates on the issues. -- Karyn Bruggeman

• The DCCC and DSCC outraised their GOP counterparts again last month, with one detail from House Dems again highlighting where their unusual minority-status fundraising success stems from: A committee aide said that of the $6.4 million the DCCC raised in February, $1.6 million of it came in online. That's a little more than its February margin over the NRCC, which raised $5.1 million. -- Scott Bland

HAIR OF THE DOG

FRESH BREWED BUZZ

  • "The House Ethics Committee is reviewing unspecified allegations against" Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). "The committee said in a statement that the Office of Congressional Ethics ... referred the findings of an investigation into Gutierrez to the committee in early December. ... An update will be given in May." (Washington Post)
  • NC SEN candidate/House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) "has listed two different colleges as his alma mater." Tillis's "LinkedIn page listed the University of Maryland at College Park as where he got a Bachelor of Science Degree. ... Similarly on Tillis's biography page on his House Speaker website, Tillis listed the University of Maryland as his alma matter and links to College Park's website. But according to officials contacted at both the University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Maryland University College, Tillis graduated from the University of Maryland at University College." (Talking Points Memo)
  • "Koch Group, Spending Freely, Hones Attack on Government" (New York Times)
  • Americans for Prosperity "is blasting seven candidates in an" April 1 "election for county board in sparsely populated Iron County" in Wisconsin, "calling them 'radical anti-mining' environmentalists who will force the closing of businesses and place families on welfare" in a "glossy, full-color mailing delivered Wednesday to about 1,000 homes." (Wisconsin State Journal)
  • "I think the Koch brothers are two of the most patriotic Americans in the history of the Earth. ... I'll be honest with you, my reaction is: God Bless the Koch brothers. They're fighting for our freedoms." -- Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), at a recent town hall event (Talking Points Memo)
  • "City vs. Country: How Where We Live Deepens the Nation's Political Divide" (Wall Street Journal)
  • "[I]n midterms, we get clobbered, either because we don't think it's important or because we get so discouraged about what's happening in Washington that we think it's not worth our while." -- President Obama, speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Florida on Thursday (The Hill)
  • "Quinn wasted little time likening ... Rauner to one of pop culture's most infamous rich guys: C. Montgomery Burns of 'The Simpsons.'" But the web video "quickly was blocked on YouTube ... with a message that reads: 'This video contains content from FOX, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.'" (Chicago Tribune)
  • "I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off, my Gazprom stock is lost, and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen." -- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), reacting to Russian President Vladimir Putin sanctioning him (release)
  • "I wouldn't bet against Edwin. He's never lost an election. But the reality is the voters will decide who they want to represent them in Congress, and I have great confidence in the voters of Louisiana." -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), on former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards's (D) LA-06 bid (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
  • "The National Park Service is working to reopen the Washington Monument in May after a lengthy closure to repair damage from an earthquake in 2011." (AP)

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ROOSTER'S CROW

  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers. Highs in the upper 50s. West winds 5-10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
  • The Senate meets at 9 a.m. for a pro forma session, while the House convenes at 10 a.m. for a pro forma session.
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Assistant Education Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon hold a discussion about access to preschool and reducing unfair school-discipline practices. (J.O. Wilson Elementary School, 10 a.m.)
  • Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the National Association of Community Health Centers' 2014 Policy & Issues Forum. (Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 10:15 a.m.)
  • Day two of the NCAA Tournament Round of 64 tips off at 12:15 p.m.
  • Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti participate in a discussion on the need to raise the federal minimum wage. (Shake Shack, 1 p.m.)
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!

SWIZZLE CHALLENGE

  • James Garfield was the first left-handed president. He taught himself to write with his right hand as well.
  • The winner is Jeff Belle, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "What were the four most common words spoken during John Quincy Adams's Inaugural address in 1825?" The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.

NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

SHOT...

"The 70th annual Congressional Correspondents' dinner, hosted by the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association, will this year feature 'Parks & Recreation' star Nick Offerman as its headliner." (Politico)

...CHASER

"I enjoy government functions like I enjoy getting kicked in the nuggets with a steel-toed boot. But this hotel always served bacon wrapped shrimp. That's my number one favorite food wrapped around my number three favorite food. I'd go to a banquet in honor of those Somali pirates if they served bacon wrapped shrimp." -- "Ron Swanson"

Adam Wollner, Editor

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