OUTSIDE GROUPS: The Congressional Leadership Fund and its sister group American Action Network raised $66 million in 2017, the organization’s highest off-year haul. It ended the year with $15 million cash on hand. In comparison, the group raised $7 million in 2015 and ended with $866,000 on hand. (Hotline reporting)
AZ-02: Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Lea Marquez Peterson (R) announced raising more than $215,000 in the three weeks since she entered the race. Rep. Martha McSally (R) is expected to run for Senate. (release)
CA-45: Housing bubble whistleblower Katie Porter (D) reported raising more than $266,000 in the fourth quarter and ended with more than $500,000 on hand for her bid against Rep. Mimi Walters (R). (Politico)
IL-06: Former financial adviser Kelly Mazeski (D) will report raising $680,000 to date for her bid to oust Rep. Peter Roskam (R) and has $510,000 in the bank. (release)
MA-03: Former mayoral Chief of Staff Dan Koh (D) announced raising more than $810,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing his total raised to more than $1.6 million. His campaign noted “more than half of all donations received in the 4th quarter were under $200.” (release) Koh is running for retiring Rep. Niki Tsongas’ (D) seat.
NJ-03: Former Obama administration official Andy Kim (D) “reports raising $345,000 last quarter, bringing his total for 2017 to about $600,000.” (Politico)
NM-01: Former U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez (D) announced raising more than $157,000 in the fourth quarter for his campaign for Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s (D) seat. His total fundraising for the cycle stands at $368,000 and he ended the year with more than $322,000 cash on hand. (release)
NV-03: Former TV news reporter Michelle Mortensen (R) announced raising $80,000 last quarter for her bid for Rep. Jacky Rosen’s (D) seat. (Ralston Reports)
NY-01: Businessman Perry Gershon (D) has raised more than $1 million for his run against Rep. Lee Zeldin (R), per his campaign, though some of that comes from self-funded. He ended 2017 with $800,000 in the bank. (release)
OH-01: Rabbi Robert Barr (D) announced raising more than $230,000 in the fourth quarter. He annouced his bid to oust Rep. Steve Chabot (R) in October. A spokesman “said Barr will report ending December with $200,000 in the bank.” (Cincinnati Enquirer)
WI-06: Business executive Dan Kohl (D) announced raising $329,000 in the fourth quarter, bringing his total fundraising to $865,000. (release) Kohl is waging a longshot bid to oust Rep. Glenn Grothman (R). (release)
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"House Republican leaders are further delaying a vote on a compromise immigration bill, planning to make changes to the legislation for a vote next week. The news comes after a two-hour Republican Conference meeting Thursday, in which authors of the bill walked through its contents and members raised concerns about issues the bill doesn’t address, multiple GOP lawmakers said. Many members requested the addition of a provision to require employers to use the E-Verify database to cheek the legal status of their employees."
After a conservative-backed immigration bill failed in the House, 193-231, leaders "postponed a vote on a 'compromise' immigration proposal until Friday. ... GOP leaders, however, are under no impression that they'll be able to secure the 218 votes needed in the next 24 hours to pass the text. Rather, the delay is to give members more time to read the bill."
OMB Director Mick Mulvaney today announced a plan to restructure the federal government, calling it part of the administration's efforts to "drain the swamp." In addition to merging the departments of Labor and Education—a detail which leaked earlier today—the proposal would privatize the Postal Service, begin moving federal workers out of the Washington area, and merge social programs into a department of Health and Public Welfare. The role of the Office of Personnel Management would also be largely phased out.