The DCCC is going up in two new districts on the fringe of the battlefield. The committee will spent at least $260,000 running ads from Oct. 5-15 in the Harrisburg market where pastor George Scott (D) faces Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA). (Hotline reporting) And it will spent $255,000 from Oct. 9-22 in the Little Rock market where state Rep. Clarke Tucker (D) is challenging Rep. French Hill (R). (Advertising Analytics)
Some other spending news: the DCCC upped their buy in PA-16 to $325,000. Rep. Mike Kelly (R) faces Marine vet Ron DiNicola (D) in the Pittsburgh-area district. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
The American Hospital Association PAC reported spending $254,000 on TV and digital ads to boost Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI 06). (FEC) And the National Association of Realtors reported a $258,000 ad buy for Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO 06), a $399,000 buy for Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY 06), a $340,000 buy for Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX 32), and a $291,000 buy for Rep. John Culberson (R-TX 07). (FEC)
ENDORSEMENTS. President Obama endorsed a new round House candidates, including Jason Crow in CO-06, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in FL-26, Cindy Axne in IA-03, Sharice Davids in KS-03, Jared Golden in ME-02, Dan Feehan in MN-01, Joe Radinovich in MN-08, Kara Eastman in NE-02, Dan Balter in NY-24, Scott Wallace in PA-01, Elaine Luria in VA-02, Abigail Spanberger in VA-07, Jennifer Wexton in VA-10, and Kim Schrier in WA-08. See the full list here.
And End Citizens United endorsed former auto industry rescue worker Haley Stevens (D) in MI-11, Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray (D) in NY-27, and 2014 lieutenant governor nominee Linda Coleman (D) in NC-02. (release)
GOP PLAYBOOK. "Vulnerable House Republicans have to lead double lives these days if they hope to hang on. Take" Rep. Dave Brat (R). "At a private fundraiser in early September, the Virginia Republican joked to a roomful of Republicans about how he mimics archconservative House Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan on Fox News when discussing the FBI’s Russia investigation. He then encouraged Sebastian Gorka, a controversial former adviser to President Donald Trump, to get involved in Brat's campaign to gin up the base, according to a recording of the private event obtained by POLITICO. But in TV ads, Brat has touted his work on issues that transcend party lines."
"In recent weeks Jordan sent emails soliciting donations to help" Reps. Perry, Debbie Lesko (R-AZ 08), Ted Budd (R-NC 13), and Rod Blum (R-IA 01), "all top Democratic targets. Yet these same conservatives have campaign ads highlighting work on bipartisan and non-controversial issues. Budd in TV ads talks up his support for legislation addressing opioid addiction. Perry touts his work on behalf of veterans. Blum speaks about being a small business owner." (Politico)
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"Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections ... Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice." Mueller has faced pressure to wrap up the investigation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, said an official, who would receive the results of the investigation and have "some discretion in deciding what is relayed to Congress and what is publicly released," if he remains at his post.
“I’m not going back to Saudi Arabia as long as" Mohammed Bin Salman is in charge, Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Fox News today. “I’ve been their biggest defender on the floor of the United States Senate. This guy is a wrecking ball. He had [Khashoggi] murdered in a consulate in Turkey and to expect me to ignore it, I feel used and abused. The MBS figure is to me toxic, he can never be a world leader on the world stage.” Graham added that he intends to "sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia.”