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Koch-Tied Group Launches More New Ads; GA SEN - GOP Group Hits Gingrey; DSCC Outraises NRSC in March

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  • Freedom Partners, a nonprofit group with ties to the industrialists Charles and David Koch, launched a new wave of TV ads attacking three Democratic Senate candidates -- Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) -- for supporting Obamacare while receiving contributions from members of the health care industry. The group is spending nearly $2 million to air the ads over the next three weeks. (release)
  • The DSCC raised $8.1 million in March and has $22.2 million cash on hand and no debt, while the NRSC raised $6.35 million in March and has $15.9 million cash on hand and no debt. (releases)
  • The RNC raised $10.2 million in March, bringing its first-quarter total to $25.2 million, and has $12.3 million cash on hand and no debt. (release)
  • In AK SEN, Begich raised just over $1 million in the first quarter of 2014 and has roughly $2.8 million cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)
  • In GA SEN, Ending Spending Action Fund is airing a TV ad attacking Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) for "requesting earmarks and voting to increase the debt limit." The spot also highlights that Gingrey said "I'm stuck here making $172,000 a year" as a congressman last September. The ad comes as Gingrey "announces he's back up on the air with his ad pledging to repeal Obamacare or go home after one term. He's bought time through" the May 20 primary.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Also in GA SEN, philanthropist Michelle Nunn (D) "told volunteers ... on Monday that she would support completion of the fourth phase of the Keystone XL pipeline in the name of economic development and national security." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In MT SEN, Sen. John Walsh (D) raised $946,000 in the first quarter of 2014, spent $685,000 and has "nearly" $700,000 cash on hand. (AP)
  • In NH SEN, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is running a radio ad for a week attacking Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) for supporting Obamacare. (WMUR-TV)
  • In the OK SEN Special, former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R) released a new TV ad "hitting President Obama on welfare programs and touching on his religious background." (The Hill)
  • Also in OK SEN, the First Amendment Alliance Educational Fund is airing a TV ad supporting Rep. James Lankford (R), saying he has "fought President Obama's intrusive government." (McCarville Report)
  • In SD SEN, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) aide Rick Weiland (D) launched a new positive TV ad. "If you're tired of taking it... take it back," the narrator says in the spot. "Rick Weiland's ready if you are, and we promise they'll be hearing us all the way to D.C." (release)
  • In VA SEN, Sen. Mark Warner (D) raised "nearly" $2.7 million in the first quarter and has "over" $8.8 million cash on hand. (release)
  • House Majority PAC (D) raised $5.2 million in the first quarter of 2014, bringing its total haul for the cycle to $12.7 million. (release)
  • In the FL-19 Special, the Tea Party Express launched a new TV and radio ad campaign featuring local Tea Party members touting businessman Curt Clawson (R) as a "true conservative." (release)
  • In ID-02, attorney Bryan Smith (R) released his first TV ad of the race, attacking "liberal" Rep. Mike Simpson (R) for supporting earmarks. (release)
  • In IL-10, Rep. Brad Schneider (D) raised "more than" $550,000 in the first quarter and has "more than" $1.3 million cash on hand, while former Rep. Bob Dold (R) raised $520,000 and has "nearly" $1.3 million cash on hand. (Roll Call)
  • In MI-08, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (D) "who was in" Washington "last week meeting with senior House Democrats, announced Tuesday she will not run. ... The decision is a blow to national Democrats' hopes to contend in" retiring Rep. Mike Rogers's (R) district. (Roll Call)
  • In MD GOV, Bill Clinton endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D), and will campaign for him during the second week of May. (release)
  • In NM GOV, Gov. Susana Martinez (R) released a new TV ad focusing on her "accomplishments, including eliminating a budget shortfall and tax cuts for economic development." The spot "will air statewide on broadcast and cable." (AP)
  • In PA GOV, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) raised $1.4 million in the first quarter and has "almost" $6 million cash on hand. (AP) Businessman Tom Wolf (D) raised $600,000 (not including personal contributions), spent "more than" $5 million and has $7 million cash on hand. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) raised $1.5 million, spent $1 million and has $5.1 million cash on hand, while Treasurer Rob McCord (D) raised $567,000, spent $2.9 million and has $3.6 million cash on hand. Former Department of Environmental Protection secretary Katie McGinty (D) raised $1.1 million, spent $1.2 million and has $1.6 million cash on hand. (


  • In CA GOV, a new Field Poll of LVs, conducted March 18-April 5, finds Gov. Jerry Brown (D) leading state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R) 57-17%, while Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount (R) is at 4% and former Treasury Department official Neel Kashkari (R) is at 3%. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • In MA GOV, a new Western New England University poll of RVs, conducted March 31-April 7, shows Attorney General Martha Coakly (D) leading 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) 54-25% in a general election matchup. (


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• That Rep. Phil Gingrey -- not his fellow congressman Paul Broun -- was the target of a new negative TV ad from a conservative outside group says a lot about the state of the Republican Senate primary in Georgia. Top Peach State Republicans might have started the race more worried about the combustible Broun, but their anxiety has shifted to the nearly as controversial but much better-funded Gingrey. They fear a late push could see him overtake either Rep. Jack Kingston or businessman David Perdue for one of two spots in the primary's run-off. -- Alex Roarty

• Some Democratic senators' early advertising may be helping mitigate damage from the flood of conservative TV ads hitting them, but will it come at the (literal) cost of future campaign efforts? Begich's first quarter fundraising show's he is already spending as much money as he's raising, for one, and spending rates are creeping higher for his colleagues, too. With little time left to save money for the fall, campaigns may have to find an extra fundraising gear when that time rolls around. -- Scott Bland

• Allyson Schwartz's strong first quarter fundraising and $5.1 million cash on hand gives a dash of credibility to her campaign's recent claims that she's well situated to make a late push heading into the May 20 Democratic primary, despite Wolf's huge lead in the polls. Double-digit deficits are usually tough or impossible to overcome, but financially she's now proven she's much better situated to stage a late-in-the-game takedown than McCord or McGinty. -- Karyn Bruggeman

• Democrats' outside chances at making a competitive run in Rep. Mike Rogers's district may have ended before it even started. Democratic favorite Barb Byrum announced yesterday she will not seek the seat, saying she can do more good in her current role as Ingham County clerk. What does that say about Democratic prospects in the seat -- or in the House in general? -- Jack Fitzpatrick



  • Rep. Vance McAllister's (R-LA) "top aide said the congressman will send a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday morning requesting an FBI investigation concerning the leak of a video from a security camera in McAllister's Monroe District Office. The video ... showed the married congressman sharing a passionate embrace and kiss with former staffer Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, who also is married. Peacock has since resigned. West Monroe minister Danny Chance on Tuesday said McAllister's Monroe District Office manager leaked the video of the congressman's tryst." (Monroe News Star)
  • "The husband of the woman caught making out with" McAllister said he "destroyed his life and marriage." Heath Peacock: "He has wrecked my life. We're headed for divorce." (CNN)
  • RNC Chairman Reince Priebus "said Tuesday that he would like for the Supreme Court to overturn more campaign finance restrictions -- including the limit on the amount of money someone can give to an individual or a political party." Priebus, appearing on Hugh Hewitt's radio show: "I don't think we should have caps at all." (Washington Post)
  • Former South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel "announced after his reality show Monday night that he will run as an independent if" Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) "wins the GOP nod in June. Ravenel, who was a Republican when he resigned his statewide seat in 2007 after a cocaine charge, said he wants to offer voters a more Libertarian choice." (Columbia State)
  • North Carolina state Sen. Dan Clodfelter (D) "was named mayor of Charlotte Monday night, replacing" former Mayor Patrick Cannon (D), "who resigned nearly two weeks ago after his arrest on federal corruption charges." (Charlotte Observer)
  • "Flanked by some his alleged criminal confederates, suspended" California state Sen. Leland Yee (D) "pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal gun trafficking and political corruption charges." (San Jose Mercury News)
  • "President Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, who won asylum in 2010 after living illegally in Boston for several years, died on Monday night in a nursing home in the city, her legal team said." (Boston Globe)
  • 2012 TX SEN candidate/former college football analyst Craig James (R) "has been out of work since September, when he was fired from Fox Sports. Finally, he has a new job: as the assistant to Family Research Council President Tony Perkins." (Dallas Morning News)
  • "I think Steve LaTourette may have eaten a lot of paint chips as a kid." -- Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller, on the former Ohio Republican congressman, who now heads the Defending Main Street super PAC. "Through a spokesman, LaTourette called Keller's taunt 'a pretty bold statement for a guy named after a purple dinosaur.'" (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • Two months ago," former Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA) "announced she would be heading up the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection, the outfit erected to fight Sheldon Adelson's proposed poker ban. ... Turns out that just a month earlier, Bono approached Adelson lieutenants to try to help fight the American Gaming Association-sponsored effort to block the Las Vegas Sands chairman. In emails ... Bono clearly was angling for a contract with the folks she now says are so misguided." (Ralston Reports)
  • Longshot IA SEN candidate Bob Quast (I) "pulls a gun and a knife in his latest" campaign video. In the video, Quast says: "If you are the sexual predator and sociopath who murdered my sister Lynette and you come to my front door to do harm to my girls, I'm going to use my Glock. To blow your balls off." (Des Moines Register)


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  • The House and Senate both return at 10 a.m.
  • Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a memorial ceremony for the Fort Hood shooting victims. (2 p.m.)
  • Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. (State Department, 2 p.m.)
  • Obama attends a DNC event at 5 p.m. and a joint DSCC/DCCC dinner at 7:20 p.m. in Houston.
  • The Wizards host the Bobcats. (Verizon Center, 7 p.m.)
  • The Nationals take on the Marlins. (Nationals Park, 7:05 p.m.)
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  • The UConn women's basketball team defeated Tennessee in the 2004 national championship game. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is located in the state's 2nd congressional district, which has been represented by Rep. John Duncan (R) since 1988.
  • The winner is Stephanie Salvagno, and here's her Swizzle Challenge: "President Taft began the tradition of the ceremonial first pitch in 1911 at a sports stadium in Washington, D.C. What was the original name of the stadium, the name it was changed to in 1920 and what that site is now home to?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Good luck with your asparagus." -- Attorney General Eric Holder to Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), during a hearing on Tuesday. (The Wire)


"That's where Donaghy Estates comes in. Now as you may have read in Robert Parker's Wine Newsletter, 'Donaghy Estates tastes like the urine of Satan after a hefty portion of asparagus.'" -- "Jack Donaghy" in 30 Rock

Adam Wollner, Editor

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