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DSCC Outraised NRSC in June; New RGA Ads in Ark., Mich.; Perry to Deploy National Guard to Border

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  • The DSCC raised $7.2 million in June and had $30.5 million cash on hand, while the NRSC raised $6.04 million and had $24.6 million cash on hand. (The Hill)
  • The DNC raised "almost $9 million in June" and had $7.8 million cash on hand and $3 million in debt, while the RNC raised $8.5 million and had $14.4 million cash on hand and no debt. (AP)
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) "plans to announce he will activate the Texas National Guard at a news conference Monday in Austin, said" state Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D). "Hinojosa did not have details of the effort, but an internal memo from another state official's office said the governor planned to call about 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley — at a cost of about $12 million per month." (McAllen Monitor)
  • In GA SEN, businessman David Perdue (R) attacks Rep. Jack Kingston (R) as "pro-amnesty" and a "career politician" in his latest TV ad. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In KS SEN, Sen. Pat Roberts (R) released a new TV ad accusing physician Milton Wolf (R) of missing 28 elections in the state. (release) Wolf is also out with a new TV ad saying Roberts has "lost touch" during his tenure in Washington. (release)
  • In AK SEN, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) launched a new TV ad highlighting his Alaskan roots. (Hotline reporting)
  • In CO SEN, Sen. Mark Udall (D) released a new TV ad calling Rep. Cory Gardner's (R) economic record "backwards and wrong." (release)
  • In HI SEN, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser endorsed Sen. Brian Schatz (D) in the Democratic primary over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D). (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • In KY SEN, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is up with a 60-second TV ad highlighting his support for the coal industry while linking President Obama and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D). (release)
  • In MT SEN, Rep. Steve Daines (R) released a new TV ad touting his efforts to help veterans. (release)
  • In OR SEN, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) "reserved more than $2 million in television advertising for the final five weeks of the campaign." (Salem Statesman Journal)
  • In FL-18, Rep. Patrick Murphy's (D) "campaign made its first ad buy Monday, ... reserving $1.4 million in cable and broadcast in the West Palm Beach-Treasure Coast media market. (Roll Call)
  • In TN-03, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R) is out with two TV ads. One attacks 2012 candidate Weston Wamp (R) on immigration, while the other calls Wamp a "showhorse." (The Hill)
  • In AR GOV, the RGA released a new TV ad tying former Rep. Mike Ross (D) to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (release) Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will attend separate fundraisers for former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) next month. (AP)
  • In IL GOV, businessman Bruce Rauner (R) "plowed $1.5 million more into his campaign. ... The latest donation brings to nearly $8.1 million the amount of personal funds Rauner has given to his first-time bid for public office." (Chicago Tribune)
  • In MI GOV, the RGA released a new TV ad accusing former Rep. Mark Schauer (D) of supporting higher taxes. (release)
  • In RI GOV, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D) "launched the first TV attack ad in the Democratic primary race ... and it blames" Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (D) "for the state's high unemployment rate." (Providence Journal)
  • In WI GOV, former Trek executive Mary Burke (D) defended her business record in a new TV ad following recent attacks from Gov. Scott Walker (R). (release)


  • In NY GOV, a new Siena College poll of LVs, conducted July 13-16, shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) leading Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) 60-23%. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Rick Scott's spending advantage in Florida is a big one, but it's not the only thing he has going for him. As the Miami Herald outlined over the weekend, the state economy is getting close to hitting Scott's first-term job growth goal. At some point, it seems like Scott will have to pick himself up out of the low-40s in addition to beating up on Charlie Crist -- but there's more to the race right now than a simple financial disparity. -- Scott Bland

 • Rep. Rick Nolan's (D-MN) addition to the DCCC's Frontline program on Friday is a sign of the several advantages that Republican Stewart Mills has. Mills has gotten plenty of positive press as the so-called "Brad Pitt of the Republican Party," which may sound tacky but has underscored his candidacy as a political outsider. And the candidates' FEC reports last week only made Mills look stronger. Mills managed to raise more funds than Nolan, and he loaned his campaign more than $120,000. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• The NRSC may be coming up relatively short on fundraising, but rumors of a big move by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson underscore how individual big donors can do by themselves what candidates and parties spend months and years building up. The casino mogul's potential $100 million investment in turning the upper chamber would be an enormous help for Republicans and headache for Democrats, especially considering the struggle liberal billionaire Tom Steyer has faced finding donors to fulfill his $100 million pledge. -- Andrea Drusch


    "Bats swoop through the halls of Vermont's grand State House, and nobody seems to mind. Workers say it's not uncommon to see the furry, bug-eating bats flying around, especially during the summer months when they seek cooler, air-conditioned hallways." (AP)



  • "Inside Rand Paul's Jewish Charm Offensive" (National Journal)
  • "Don't be depressed with how bad government is. Use your ingenuity, use your big head to think of solutions the marketplace can figure out, that the idiots and trolls in Washington will never come up with." -- Paul, speaking in San Francisco on Saturday (Los Angeles Times)
  • "With liberals pining for a Clinton challenger, ambitious Democrats get in position" (Washington Post)
  • Las Vegas casino mogul Sheledon Adelson "is promising to help Republicans target a dozen (Senate) seats now held by Democrats. ... One of the sources involved said it could be as much as $100 million." (CNN)
  • Adelson and billionaire industrialist David Koch each gave the RGA $2.5 million in May. (Newark Star-Ledger)
  • "An animated Rick Perry 'seems to have matured,' Iowans say" (Des Moines Register)
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) "has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department" in February 2013. (Bloomberg News)
  • "The Biden Agenda: Reckoning with Ukraine and Iraq, and keeping an eye on 2016" (New Yorker)
  • "Ryan Shucard, the Capitol Hill aide who allegedly tried to bring a 9 mm handgun and magazine to work Friday, was released from police custody on Saturday afternoon after pleading not guilty to a felony charge for carrying a pistol." (Roll Call)
  • "In Virginia's 10th Congressional District, GOP struggles to woo minority voters" (Washington Post)
  • Cuomo and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) "had a trash-talking splash fight before paddling the bucking waves of the Indian River as part of the second annual tourism-promoting Adirondack Challenge on Sunday." New York Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy (D) "declared that the friendly contest ... had ended in a 19 minute, 20-second tie." (AP)
  • "A Johnson City (Tenn.) Juvenile Court employee's job could be up for grabs as early as 2016 when city voters go to the polls. It will be the first time in history voters will have an opportunity to choose the Juvenile Court clerk, although a 1988 Tennessee Supreme Court ruling decided that's how the position should be filled after a question concerning the issue came up in Shelby County. For some reason, it just never happened in Johnson City." (Johnson City Press)


America's Prison Population, Explained


  • Obama signs an Executive Order to protect LGBT employees from workplace discrimination. (White House, 10:15 a.m.)
  • Obama participates in a town hall focusing on the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. (Walker Jones Education Campus, 11:45 a.m.)
  • Vice Presdident Biden Delivers remarks at the 115th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in St. Louis. (11:50 a.m.)
  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx delivers remarks on increasing U.S. transportation infrastructure spending. (National Press Club, 12:30 p.m.)
  • The Senate returns at 2 p.m.
  • Obama awards the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to former active duty Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts. (White House, 3:05 p.m.)
  • Hillary Clinton is hosting a live Q&A during her visit to Facebook headquarters at 5:30 p.m.
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!


  • Sen. Brian Schatz's (D-HI) twin brother, Stephen, works for the Hawaii Department of Education.
  • The winner is Patrick Stranix, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "What state has had two secretaries of the Navy represent it in the U.S. Senate in the last 50 years? What were their names?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



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Adam Wollner, Editor


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