The DCCC outraised the NRCC by $9.5 million dollars in September, hauling $15.4 million compared to House Republicans’ $5.9 million. House Democrats have a cash-on-hand advantage, $69.8 million to $64.6 million, and spent $18.2 million, twice as much as the NRCC’s $9.1 million. Since January, the DCCC has raised $100.9 million to the NRCC's $65.5 million. (FEC/FEC)
RED TO BLUE. The DCCC added two new candidates to its Red to Blue program: former Circuit Court Judge Mary Barzee Flores in FL-25 and former lieutenant governor nominee Linda Coleman in NC-02. They bring the total to 84 candidates. (release)
Still not on the list: Former Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala (D) in FL-27.
MESSAGING WAR. “A survey commissioned by the” RNC “has led the party to a glum conclusion regarding President Donald Trump’s signature legislative achievement. … By a 2-to-1 margin -- 61 percent to 30 percent -- respondents said the law benefits ‘large corporations and rich Americans’ over ‘middle class families,’ according to the survey, which was completed on Sept. 2 by the GOP firm Public Opinion Strategies. The result was fueled by self-identified independent voters who said by a 36-point margin that large corporations and rich Americans benefit more from the tax law.”
“‘Voters are evenly divided on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,’ the RNC-commissioned report said. ‘But, we’ve lost the messaging battle on the issue.’” (Bloomberg)
ON THE AIR. "Tom Steyer is going up with another round of ads — but this time he’s easing up on the impeachment talk and aiming them at top-target House districts. The billionaire investor, who’s made a cause out of refusing to accept Donald Trump’s legitimacy as president, will hit Direct TV and the Dish Network on Tuesday with a new commercial that is part of his closing strategy in the final weeks before the midterms. It's a shift into races that his team believes he can help tilt toward Democrats." (Politico)
MONEY MOVES. “A group of female Democratic lawmakers launched an effort Thursday to recruit pro-choice women to run for office, a campaign they tied to efforts to peg 2018 as the second “Year of the Woman.” Elect Democratic Women will be chaired by” Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL 21) “and raise money for female candidates within the” DCCC’s Red to Blue program. Candidates receiving initial support: ex-Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill in NJ-11, registered nurse Lauren Underwood in IL-14; and nonprofit executive Katie Hill in CA-25. (Roll Call)
Meanwhile, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA 06) "is unveiling a new set of endorsements on Thursday in conjunction with his national travel on behalf of Democrats in battleground states along with a New York City fundraiser for his slate of endorsed candidates." that fundraiser is expected to bring in $1 million. The new endorsements: former National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes in CT-05 and small businesswoman Cindy Axne in IA-03. (Daily Beast)
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