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Hotline's Wake-Up Call!

Kochs Launch New Super PAC; House Majority PAC Reserves More Fall Airtime; Santorum Boosts McDaniel

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WHAT'S NEWS

  • "During a closed-door gathering of major donors in Southern California on Monday, the political operation spearheaded by the Koch brothers unveiled a significant new weapon in its rapidly expanding arsenal — a super PAC called Freedom Partners Action Fund. The new group aims to spend more than $15 million in the 2014 midterm campaigns — part of a much larger spending effort expected to total $290 million." (Politico)
  • House Majority PAC (D) "reserved about $6.2 million in fall TV airtime in 22 media markets, bringing its total investment for the fall ad war to more than $12.6 million." (Washington Post)
  • In MS SEN, Citizens United Political Victory Fund launched a new TV ad featuring former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), who says state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) "has the courage to fight for our shared values." The spot, backed by $100,000, will run through June 24. (release) Sen. Thad Cochran (R) is also out with a TV ad highlighting controversial comments McDaniel made when he hosted a radio show. (Hotline reporting)
  • In the OK SEN Special, former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R) unveiled two new TV ads ahead of the June 24 primary. One features former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK), who urges viewers not to believe "the false attacks against" Shannon. (Hotline reporting) In the other, Shannon says that "we must chart a new path." (Roll Call)
  • In AK SEN, Crossroads GPS is out with a new TV ad attacking Sen. Mark Begich (D) for casting "the deciding vote for Obamacare." The spot is backed by a $450,000 buy. (Hotline reporting) Begich also released a new TV ad defending his record on veterans issues. (release)
  • In IA SEN, state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) released a new TV ad attacking Rep. Bruce Braley (D) for "running a dirty campaign." (release)
  • In KY SEN, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition launched a new TV ad hitting Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) for failing to talk about coal at a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The group is spending $575,000 to air the spot. (Hotline reporting)
  • In MI SEN, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) released a new TV ad comparing members of Congress to children. (release)
  • In OR SEN, pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby's (R) campaign manager says she is "supportive of ENDA at the federal level" and "believes that everybody should be treated equally under the law." (Portland Oregonian)
  • In FL-02, attorney Gwen Graham (D) is out with her first TV ad, which "extols the 'North Florida way' to break Washington gridlock. ... The ad buy is about $100,000 and good for two weeks." (Tampa Bay Times)
  • In GA-01, surgeon Bob Johnson (R) released a new TV ad attacking state Sen. Buddy Carter (R) as "a liberal politician looking for a promotion." (release)
  • In LA-05, pharmaceutical representative Zach Dasher (R), "who is related to the Robertson family of 'Duck Dynasty' fame, has joined the ... race." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
  • In AR GOV, former Rep. Mike Ross (D) had $1.6 million cash on hand at the end of May, while former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) had $959,000. (Arkansas News)
  • In CO GOV, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) had nearly $1 million cash on hand as of June 11. (AP)
  • In FL GOV, the Florida Democratic Party launched its first TV ad of the race, attacking Gov. Rick Scott (R) over Medicare fraud. (Miami Herald)
  • In MA GOV, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) "will headline a fundraiser next month for" 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R). (Boston Globe)

OUR CALL

Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

• California is clearly set to be a major focus for House Democrats this cycle. After House Majority PAC's latest round of air-time reservations, totaling $6.2 million, the group has planned to spend more than $1.6 million in California markets. That includes nearly $1 million in Sacramento, where Rep. Ami Bera (D) faces a challenge from former Rep. Doug Ose (R). The only market so far where the group has planned to spend more than Sacramento? New York City. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• The Florida Democratic Party is up with their first TV ad in the governor's race, making it the first from any group on behalf of Charlie Crist. Rick Scott and friends have already spent upwards of $10 million on television. Going toe-to-toe with the deep-pocketed Scott on TV would be a fool's errand, but the massive spending discrepancy makes the question of who helps Crist fill in the gaps, and when, an important one. Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer previously ID'd the race as one he'll target, but the DGA is notoriously underfunded relative to the RGA. -- Karyn Bruggeman

• Mark Begich was the first Democrat hit with a TV ad on the VA scandal, and Crossroads seems to think it’s an angle worth doubling down in veteran-heavy Alaska. The image of veterans criticizing him is among the things Begich would have wanted to avoid by getting out early on this issue. But his campaign's response -- a testimonial ad featuring a veteran -- highlights a Begich tactic that even Republican campaigners grudgingly admire. -- Andrea Drusch

 

HAIR OF THE DOG

FRESH BREWED BUZZ

  • Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) "has distinguished himself as an outspoken conservative fond of criticizing his party's leadership for being, among other things, 'afraid.' But now that he is running for House majority leader, Labrador's tone is decidedly more amiable; his emphasis is on uniting the GOP around common principles and making sure every member's voice is heard." (National Journal)
  • "I can't respond." -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), when asked if she personally believes the U.S. should build the Keystone pipeline (Toronto Globe and Mail)
  • "Jamie Estrada, a former campaign manager for" New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R), "pleaded guilty Monday to stealing email intended for the governor and lying about it to the FBI. Estrada, 41, faces up to a year and a day in federal prison under the terms of his plea agreement." (Santa Fe New Mexican)
  • "The last few years have regrettably made the phrase 'Republican pollster' less a job title than a punch line." -- GOP pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson (Daily Beast)
  • The NRCC "raised $900,000 Monday at its annual House leadership fundraiser in Manhattan." (Roll Call)
  • "Court Rulings on Voter Restrictions Create Limbo as Midterms Near" (New York Times)
  • "I'm warm, dammit." -- AR SEN candidate/Rep. Tom Cotton (R), joking in an interview about his demeanor (Politico)
  • "After years of pressure from gay rights groups," President Obama "plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity." (AP)
  • "Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series" (NPR)
  • "Rick Scott's personal wealth sprang to more than $130 million last year on the strength of his vast investments, and his chief rival," former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D), "is now a millionaire, according to financial documents released Monday." (Tampa Bay Times)
  • LA GOV '15 candidate/Sen. David Vitter (R) "isn't ruling out accepting federal funding to expand the Medicaid program in Louisiana." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
  • "I may not be Hillary Clinton, but there's a long tradition of New Yorkers who have spent less time in the state than I have running and winning." -- Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout, on her "underdog" NY GOV bid (Wall Street Journal)
  • "Barry's new 'tell-enough' memoir tries to recast Mayor for Life's legacy, deny troubles" (Washington Post)

PLAY OF THE DAY!

How Obama Lost the War in Iraq Before Taking Office

ROOSTER'S CROW

  • The Senate returns at 10 a.m., while the House is back at noon.
  • Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) participates in a discussion about the Affordable Care Act's first open enrollment period at the Enroll America National Conference. (Renaissance Washington Hotel, 10 a.m.)
  • Obama delivers remarks on the economy in Pittsburgh. (1:45 p.m.)
  • Obama attends a Senate Majority PAC (D) roundtable event in New York. (5:25 p.m.)
  • The Nationals host the Astros. (Nationals Park, 7:05 p.m.)
  • Obama delivers remarks at a DNC-LGBT gala in New York. (8:05 p.m.)
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!

SWIZZLE CHALLENGE

  • Dwight Eisenhower was the first president with a pilot's license.
  • The winner is Jeff Blackwood, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Which former speaker of the House hailed from 'Little Dixie?'" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.

NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

SHOT...

"Last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities." -- Obama, decrying the Citizens United decision in his 2010 State of the Union address (White House)

...CHASER

"Obama to headline first super PAC fundraiser" (AP)

Adam Wollner, Editor

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