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DNC Outraised RNC in July; NC SEN Remains Tight; Chamber Wades into AZ-01 Primary

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  • The DNC raised $9.3 million in July and had $9.7 million cash on hand and $1.9 million in debt, while the RNC raised $8.4 million and had $13.9 million cash on hand and no debt. (Hotline reporting)
  • Vice President Biden will raise money for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) "and Democratic members of Congress" in Chicago next Monday. (Chicago Tribune)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "is scheduled to headline a" North Carolina Republican Party fundraiser in Charlotte next Monday. (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) "will host a high-dollar fundraiser for the Democratic Women's Senate Network at her home, along with" DSCC chairman Michael Bennet, on Sept. 9. (Politico)
  • GA SEN: Women Vote!, the super PAC arm of EMILY's List, launched a $1 million ad buy attacking businessman David Perdue (R). The first spot will begin airing tomorrow. (release)
  • KY SEN: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) "revealed sharp differences on health care during a face-to-face confrontation Wednesday at a Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation forum in Louisville." (Louisville Courier-Journal)
  • AZ-01: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce "is putting hundreds of thousands of dollars behind a" TV ad for state House Speaker Andy Tobin (R), "filling a void for the financially strapped ... candidate, who has been unable to spend on television advertising." (AP) Meanwhile, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) speaks Navajo in a new series of radio ads, while an independent poll shows Tobin "in an extremely close race." (Arizona Republic)
  • CA-52: Video from a local Democratic meeting shows Rep. Scott Peters (D) saying "people are assuming his Republican opponent," former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio (R), "is a moderate because he is gay." (BuzzFeed)
  • NJ-03: The DCCC "has altered a cable" TV ad attacking former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur (R) after "described it as 'misleading' and after the MacArthur campaign complained." (Burlington County Times)
  • WI-06: State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R) "held onto a slim 219-vote margin of victory over" state Sen. Joe Leibham (R) "in the Aug. 12 GOP primary ... after an official canvass of votes was completed Wednesday. ... Leibham has not decided whether to ask for a recount." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • NH GOV: Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) "has $1.2 million cash on hand," while businessman Walt Havenstein (R) "has $1.3 million cash on hand," thanks in part to a $1 million personal loan to his campaign last week. (Concord Monitor)
  • RI GOV: Providence Mayor Angel Taveras's (D) field director, "Whitney Larsen, has left that job to work for the" DCCC on the CO-06 race. (RIPR)


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  • AK SEN: Put Alaska First hits former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) for supporting the Pebble Mine, arguing it would put fishers out of business. (release)
  • AR SEN: Sen. Mark Pryor (D) recalls his battle with cancer and touts his support for health care reform in an ad featuring his father. (Washington Post)
  • VA SEN: Former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie (R) argues "we can do better" in his first spot. (release)
  • CA-52: Peters touts his support for the "No Budget, No Pay Act" in his first ad, which "is part of a $2.2 million buy on cable, broadcast and online through November." (Roll Call)
  • GA-12: Rep. John Barrow (D) focuses on his efforts to deepen the Port of Savannah. (release)
  • NY-11: Attorney Domenic Recchia's (D) first ad says he "will stand up for the middle class" and fight for both Brooklyn and Staten Island. (New York Daily News)
  • IA GOV: Gov. Terry Branstad's (R) latest spot "features supporters from across the state holding up hand-written signs describing accomplishments his administration has claimed over the last four years." (Des Moines Register)
  • SC GOV: State Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) attacks Gov. Nikki Haley (R) over a security breach in the state Department of Revenue. (release)
  • WI GOV: Greater Wisconsin PAC hits Gov. Scott Walker (R) over the state's job growth as part of a $737,000 campaign. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


  • NC SEN: A new Suffolk University/USA Today poll of LVs, conducted Aug. 16-19, shows Sen. Kay Hagan (D) leading state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) 45-43%, with Libertarian Party nominee Sean Haugh taking 5%. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

• There's going to be a gender gap in virtually every race this year. Men lean Republican, while women are more likely to support Democrats. But the 32-point gap between N.C. women's support of Hagan (+18) and men's support of Tillis (+14) in the new USA Today/Suffolk poll is just staggering, and it's been very high in other state's polls, too. It looks like women really do hold the key to Democrats' hopes of keeping the Senate. -- Scott Bland

• Swing-seat House Democrats are focusing on the "No Budget, No Pay" Act and other anti-perk themes in their opening TV ads. It seems like a safe response to voters' negative view of Congress: You're not happy with us, but at least we won't get paid if we don't do our jobs. Rep. Scott Peters's first TV ad joined a pair from Reps. Patrick Murphy and Ami Bera just this week. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• Democratic pollster Garin Hart Yang is out with their third poll since April showing Pat Quinn down in the Illinois governor's race. Rauner's lead has shrunk, but Quinn hasn't been able to top 41%, indicating he's in serious trouble if he can't find a positive message to spread, and quickly. President Obama's negative 47-51% approval rating may also explain why Biden is taking on the role of surrogate by traveling to Illinois next week to help Quinn raise money. -- Karyn Bruggeman

• For all of the attention Rep. Bruce Braley received over his unsavory "farmer" comments, state Sen. Joni Ernst has slowly accrued her own share of gaffes, and Democrats are just starting to use them. While Braley has come off as out-of-touch, Democrats think Ernst's mistakes will actually undermine her qualifications for the office. -- Andrea Drusch


    "A wanted man ended up in handcuffs Tuesday when he crashed into a Spokane Police Department patrol vehicle." (KREM-TV)



  • "Only one week after ... McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell's political operation. The donations, which were reported to" the FEC "on Wednesday, made Rick and Susan Anderson the largest contributors to McConnell's Bluegrass Committee in July. Delta Air Lines' PAC contributed another $2,500 within days of the breakfast." (National Journal)
  • Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) "took the witness stand Wednesday at his corruption trial and testified that his administration provided no unusual assistance to a dietary supplement company whose CEO showered the first family with gifts and loans." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • "A question for Washington pollsters: How wrong must you be to never work again?" (Washington Post)
  • "The judge in" state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R-MS) "lawsuit challenging his ... primary loss to" Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) "expressed doubts Wednesday that a trial can be finished before the Nov. 4 general election." (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
  • Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and former Citigroup executive Carlos Gutierrez "gave immigration reform firepower last year, when they lent their money or names to the cause. But roughly two months before Election Day, the three groups the business titans helped launch are all but silent on the campaign trail. None of the three have purchased airtime for ads on immigration reform this fall." (Politico)
  • "A proposition seeking the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms will be on the November ballot, the Colorado Secretary of State said Wednesday." (Denver Post)
  • "Why the conventional wisdom in the Rick Perry indictment story might be incomplete" (Dallas Morning News)
  • "The technological change and innovation here is profoundly changing the world. The last page of 'The Great Gatsby' — I forget the line, about looking at the dock and moving toward the future and all that. The Valley is the representation of what Fitzgerald was writing about, that sense of American promise and exceptionalism. It's tinged with the same excesses, at times, as the Roaring Twenties, but there's also a sense of pure Americana. And the challenge for representing this place is: How do you do so in a way that's humble?" -- CA-17 candidate Ro Khanna (D), on Silicon Valley (New Yorker)
  • "With a bag of Doritos in hand," CA GOV candidate Neel Kashkari (R) "looks into a web video camera and makes what he calls a major announcement: The California college student who makes the best TV ad for his campaign will win a $25,000 scholarship." (Los Angeles Times)
  • "Look, if I were running the administration or the next one, I'd have you in it. I mean, what the hell?" -- Biden, to "Today Show" co-anchor Al Roker ("Today Show")
  • "Chris Christie spars with N.J. woman over Bruce Springsteen" (Newark Star-Ledger)


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  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivers remarks in a back-to-school event with teachers and principals at Jefferson Academy in Washington. (11:45 a.m.)
  • The Nationals host the Diamondbacks. (Nationals Park, 4:05 p.m.)
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  • The winner is Mark Gorman. Here's today's Swizzle Challenge: "Which senator served the longest time in the U.S. House before making the jump to the Senate?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"I'd drive his bus if he asked me to." -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), referring to Mitt Romney, in an interview with Bloomberg TV (USA Today)


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Adam Wollner, Editor


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