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Dem Committees Outraise GOP in May; Surprise IA-03 GOP Nominee; Liberal Groups Plan to Spend $374M

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  • Fundraising roundup: The DSCC raised $8.3 million in May and had $28.2 million cash on hand, while the NRSC raised $5.8 million and had $22.1 million cash on hand. (Washington Post) The NRCC raised $6 million in May and had $35.2 million cash on hand (Last Friday, the DCCC announced it raised $7.3 million in May and had $45.9 million cash on hand). The DNC raised $8.8 million in May and had $7.9 million cash on hand and $4.9 million in debt, while the RNC raised $8.2 million and had $13.5 million cash on hand and no debt. (Hotline reporting)
  • "The 21 groups at the core of the Democracy Alliance's portfolio intend to spend $374 million during the midterm election cycle — including nearly $200 million this year — to boost liberal candidates and causes in 2014 and beyond." (Politico)
  • In IA-03, former Senate aide David Young (R) "won a stunning upset victory to capture the Iowa Republican Party's nomination Saturday. ... Young's come-from-behind win came on the fifth ballot at a convention of 3rd District delegates. ... The day began with six candidates vying for the nomination, but the final ballot came down to a showdown between Young and" state Sen. Brad Zaun (R). "Young was declared the nominee after receiving 276 votes, or 55.5 percent, to Zaun's 221 votes, or 45.5 percent. ... Young, who finished fifth in the Republican primary earlier this month, will be opposed in the ... general election by" former state Sen. Staci Appel (D). (Des Moines Register)
  • In MS SEN, as Sen. Thad Cochran (R) "fights for his political life in Mississippi by taking the unexpected step of courting black Democrats, conservative organizations working to defeat him are planning to deploy poll watchers to monitor his campaign's turnout operation in" the runoff election. (New York Times) "[E]lection officials reported heavy absentee voting leading into Tuesday's Republican primary runoff, ... an indication of high interest in the intensely fought race." (Jackson Clarion-Ledger
  • In MT SEN, Rep. Steve Daines (R) is out with a new TV ad featuring Cindy Neely, an Army Reserve major who says was "mistreated" and "experienced discrimination personally" during the time Sen. John Walsh (D) led the Montana National Guard. (Breitbart News) Walsh responded with a TV ad of his own featuring former Montana National Guard Sgt. Kelly Cogley Gallinger, who defends his record. (release)
  • In OR SEN, pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby (R) "is getting a new campaign manager as she seeks to retool her campaign. ... Her previous campaign manager, Charlie Pearce, said Friday that he will move over to run the campaign of" state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R), "who is challenging" Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D). (Portland Oregonian)
  • In AZ-02, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will attend a private event for 2012 nominee Martha McSally (R) on June 29 in Phoenix. (Arizona Daily Star)
  • In NH-02, the Club for Growth endorsed state Rep. Marilinda Garcia (R). (release)
  • In NY-13, the New York Daily News and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) endorsed Rep. Charlie Rangel (D). (New York Daily News) President Obama "will not provide a last-minute endorsement to ... Rangel ahead of Tuesday's primary." (Politico)
  • In WV-03, state Sen. Evan Jenkins (R) released a new TV ad touting his commitment to the coal industry. (release)
  • In AZ GOV, former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones (R) is up with a 60-second TV ad in which she "discusses securing the border and touches on her plan to improve the state economy." The campaign "will spend roughly $500,000 to air the ad." (Arizona Daily Star)
  • In CO GOV, under "fire from both Republicans and Democrats over his effort to appease a group of Colorado's sheriffs still steamed about the state's new gun laws," Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) "said ... that he hasn't changed his tune and still supports the controversial ban on high-capacity magazines." (KDVR-TV)
  • In NM GOV, the RGA is out with a new TV ad attacking Attorney General Gary King (D) over Medicare fraud. (release)
  • In NY GOV, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) "is set to hit the airwaves statewide Monday with his first ad of the campaign — using baseball images to enforce his central theme that New York is losing under ... Cuomo." (New York Daily News)
  • In WI GOV, Gov. Scott Walker (R) released a new TV ad tying former Trek executive Mary Burke (D) to former Gov. Jim Doyle (D). (release)


  • In ME GOV, a new University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll of LVs, conducted June 12-18 for the Portland Press Herald, shows Rep. Mike Michaud (D) leading Gov. Paul LePage (R) 40-36%, while 2010 candidate Eliot Cutler (I) is at 15%. (Portland Press Herald)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• David Young's victory in the IA-03 Republican convention is a testament to how unpredictable conventions can be, considering Young finished fifth out of six candidates in the primary election. But don't be too surprised. The delegates favored a moderate, electable candidate all along, which means primary winner Brad Zaun, whose 2010 campaign was hampered by bad press, had too much baggage. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• Hispanics made up just 2% of the North Carolina electorate in 2012, but some Democrats still believe the small but growing group of voters can help deliver the state for Sen. Kay Hagan (D) in the fall. But the fact that groups focusing on Hispanic turnout are being forced to turn to N.C. this year shows just how concentrated Hispanic votes are in states that have little to do with the battle for the Senate. -- Scott Bland



  • "Some Democrats fear Clinton's wealth and 'imperial image' could be damaging in 2016" (Washington Post)
  • "The House Ethics Committee said Friday that" Rep. Don Young (R-AK) "violated Congressional rules by improperly accepting nearly $60,000 in hunting trips, rides on private planes and other gifts and failing to report them on his financial disclosure forms." (Anchorage Daily News)
  • "A California grand jury has indicted Kareem Ahmed, a major donor to ... Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, and 15 of Ahmed's associates in an alleged multimillion-dollar insurance kickback scheme." (TPM)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "is introducing this week a bill that restores voting rights to nonviolent felons in federal elections." (Politico)
  • "O'Malley tests 2016 waters with inspirational speech" (Des Moines Register)
  • "'This is about character, honor and integrity that used to be a hallmark of the country,' says Robert Edward Kenney, a man in a wheelchair with a big white beard and a confederate-flag-inspired bandana. 'The way we are being portrayed is like we're domestic terrorists with baby's veins and guts hanging out of our teeth. They say we are fringe — do I look fringe to you?'" (Washington Post)
  • "A longtime associate of" Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) "is forming a super PAC that intends to raise millions of dollars to support him and aldermanic allies in the upcoming city elections." (Crain's Chicago Business)
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) stumped in South Carolina on Saturday for businessman Mike Campbell (R), who is running in Tuesday's runoff election for lieutenant governor. (Spartanburg Herald Journal)
  • "The Absolutionist: Ted Cruz is an unyielding debater—and the far right's most formidable advocate" (New Yorker)
  • "Fanked by activists and elected officials," Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) "led a chant of 'raise that wage' on Sunday before signing an advisory measure that will ask voters this fall if they think the state's minimum wage should be increased to $10." (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • "Floridians who fire a warning shot or threaten to use a gun could avoid criminal prosecution under a law signed Friday by" Gov. Rick Scott (R). "The legislation, which marks one of the most significant changes to the state's self-defense laws since the 2012 killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, was one of nearly 60 bills signed by Scott on Friday." (Tallahassee Democrat)
  • Freshman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) "got married Saturday to his longtime partner," Randy Florke. "Florke proposed in December after the youngest of their three children wrote to Santa wishing for her parents to be married." (AP)
  • "Joe Biden Has a Water Gun and He's Not Afraid to Use It" (New York Magazine)


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  • The White House hosts a summit on working families. Speakers include Obama, Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama. (Omni Shoreham Hotel, 9 a.m)
  • The Newseum hosts the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference. (Newseum, 11:30 a.m.)
  • The House returns at noon, while the Senate is back at 2 p.m.
  • IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. (Rayburn House Office Building, 7 p.m.)
  • The House Veterans' Affairs Committee holds a full committee hearing. (Cannon House Office Building, 7:30 p.m.)
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  • Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was President John F. Kennedy's first overnight guest in the White House.
  • The winner is John Dickas, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Which state joined the union on Valentine's Day?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) "showed up for Saturday's zany Coney Island Mermaid Parade wearing a puffy pirate shirt and brandishing a fake sword." (AP)


"But I don't want to be a pirate!" -- Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld)

Adam Wollner, Editor

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