RACE FOR THE HOUSE

DCCC Raises $11.2M in April

Republicans are launching a new opposition research group.

May 18, 2018, 10:02 a.m.

The DCCC raised $11.2 million in April, with $3.1 million of that haul stemming from online donations. The committee ended the month with nearly $62 million in the bank, compared to $48 million at this time last cycle. In April 2016, the committee raised $8.6 million. In total, DCCC has brought in nearly $151,000 million so far, compared with $101 million by this point in 2016. (release)

OPPO RUSH. “Another Republican big-money group is entering the battle for control of the House, as AR2 moves to upend Democratic candidates by digging up damaging information and feeding it to local media. The political nonprofit is affiliated with America Rising, an established super PAC that specializes in opposition research. … The group hopes to tip the scales toward the Republicans in crucial battleground districts, beginning with those in Minnesota, Florida, Nebraska, and states in the Northeast. AR2 is being advised by two veteran Republican campaign operatives, Andrea Bozek and Kirsten Kukowski.” (Washington Examiner)

YEAR OF THE WOMAN? “As female candidates crash the barricades of the Democratic Party and predict a ‘blue wave’ of women in Congress, a string of high-profile departures of prominent Republican women. … Of the 23 Republican women in the House, six — about one-quarter — are retiring or seeking higher office. They include” Rep. Diane Black (TN-06); Marsha Blackburn (TN-07); Lynn Jenkins (KS-02); Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Kristi Noem (SOUTH DAKOTA AT-LARGE). “The highest-ranking Republican woman in the House,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), “is firmly in the Democrats’ cross hairs for November. And other Republicans, such as” Reps. Barbara Comstock (VA-10), Claudia Tenney (NY-22) and Mimi Walters (CA-45), “are considered vulnerable in what is shaping up to be a challenging year for their party.” (New York Times)

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