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DCCC to Hire Organizers in 20 Red Districts

The DCCC outraised the NRCC in December.

Feb. 2, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

In the wake of Pres­id­ent Trump’s tu­mul­tu­ous first weeks in of­fice, the Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee “is hir­ing full-time op­er­at­ives to do polit­ic­al or­gan­iz­ing work in 20 key Re­pub­lic­an-held dis­tricts — an un­usu­ally early in­vest­ment in House races that do not even have de­clared can­did­ates yet.”

DCCC Chair­man Ben Ray Luján (D-NM 03): “We’ve seen wo­men and people gath­er around Amer­ica to march for pro­gress; now we’re ask­ing them to run for of­fice, to vo­lun­teer and to vote.”

“The DCCC’s or­gan­iz­ing push is aimed at turn­ing that act­iv­ism in­to votes come Novem­ber 2018. The new field op­er­at­ives, Luján said, will be hired in most cases from with­in the tar­geted dis­tricts and who have pre­vi­ously worked on House cam­paigns there.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

The ef­fort will tar­get the dis­tricts of 20 GOP in­cum­bents: Reps. Jeff Den­ham (CA-10), Ed­ward Royce (CA-39), Dar­rell Issa (CA-49), Mike Coff­man (CO-06), Car­los Cur­belo (FL-26), Rod Blum (IA-01), Peter Roskam (IL-06), Kev­in Yo­der (KS-03), Jason Lewis (MN-02), Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Don Ba­con (NE-02), Claudia Ten­ney (NY-22), John Katko (NY-24), Ry­an Cos­tello (PA-06), Pat Mee­han (PA-07), Bri­an Fitzpatrick (PA-08), John Cul­ber­son (TX-07), Will Hurd (TX-23), Pete Ses­sions (TX-32), and Scott Taylor (VA-02).

A “March in­to ‘18 webpage and Face­book page” will help sup­port­ers across the coun­try “sign up and find out what’s hap­pen­ing in dis­tricts close to where they live.” (re­lease)

MONEY MAT­TERS. The DCCC out­raised its GOP coun­ter­part in Decem­ber, haul­ing $4.5 mil­lion com­pared to the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee’s $1.8 mil­lion. But the NR­CC has more in the bank, end­ing the year with $11.4 mil­lion. The DCCC has $6.7 mil­lion cash on hand, ac­cord­ing to FEC fil­ings.

Both com­mit­tees made a dent in the eight-fig­ure debts they ac­crued at the end of last cycle. The DCCC paid $3 mil­lion of its $17 mil­lion loan back. The NR­CC paid back $850,000, but still owes $11.15 mil­lion. Both House cam­paign arms took out lar­ger loans than they had at the end of the pre­vi­ous cycle — the Demo­crats by $5 mil­lion and the GOP by $2 mil­lion. The NR­CC has un­til Au­gust 2017 to com­plete pay­ments and the DCCC has un­til March 2018. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

Cor­rec­tion: A pre­vi­ous ver­sion of this story mis­stated Rep. Will Hurd’s dis­trict. He rep­res­ents TX-23.

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