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.