12:00 PM, Nov 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
How unconfident are Democrats in their own candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa? On the day before the election, the Democratic Sentorial Campaign Committee has a full-page ad on the homepage of the Des Moines Register, Iowa's largest and most influential newspaper. But there's no sign or mention of the party's Senate candidate, Bruce Braley.
Instead, the ad features the retiring Democrat, Tom Harkin. The ad reminds viewers that "Iowa votes tomorrow" and that "it only takes a few minutes to vote." Take a look at a screenshot below (via Dave Weigel):
Harkin has been in the Senate since 1985 and is universally known throughout the Hawkeye State. An uninformed Democratic voter, in fact, might not realize Harkin won't be on the ballot Tuesday—exactly the person the ad appears intended to reach.
Braley, who is running for Harkin's seat, is in a tight race with Republican Joni Ernst.
3:31 PM, Oct 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Roll Call reports:
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has gone dark in Kentucky, where the party is targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Going all-negative, all the time against Tom Cotton. Sep 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48 • By FRED BARNES
"Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola,” a TV ad in Arkansas declared last week. The ad came from Democrat Mark Pryor, who is running for reelection to the Senate. Cotton, a House member, is his Republican opponent in the November 4 election. The ad failed to mention that after voting against an early version of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act, Cotton voted for the bill once a provision he objected to was removed.
6:00 AM, Feb 24, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The political committee for former Montana senator Max Baucus, a Democrat, wrote a large check to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just days before being confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to China. According to the DSCC's public filings, Friends of Max Baucus made a donation of $475,000 to the organization on January 31. Read a copy of the filing here, where Baucus's donation is listed on page 6.
5:15 PM, Oct 29, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad for Republican Senate candidate Jeff Flake of Arizona, which features Republican senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, prompted a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to call the spot a "hostage video."
Matt Canter, the communications director for the DSCC, wrote the following on Twitter:
2:29 PM, Jul 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democrats are continuing to sound the alarm about this upcoming election. And the latest alarm bell is being rung by Senator Patty Murray, chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Will the DSCC return the money?9:00 AM, Oct 4, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Over the weekend, Bloomberg Markets magazine published a lengthy investigative piece about a French subsidiary of Koch Industries that supposedly conducted illegal business with the Iranian government. The report further insinuates an ensuing cover up.
3:52 PM, Sep 23, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee blasts Carly Fiorina today for taking Koch money (emphasis added):
California: Carly Fiorina is hoping that by attacking Barbara Boxer, Californians will forget about her failed leadership of HP. Fiorina laid off 30,000 workers and was the outsourcing queen, saying: "perhaps the work needs to be done somewhere else." Fiorina tripled her salary and bought a $1 million yacht and five corporate jets. Fiorina has yet to explain how an HP subsidiary sidestepped the law to sell printers to Iran during her tenure. Tea Party megadonor Koch Industries must have been impressed, because its leaders just hosted a Washington fundraiser for Fiorina. Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity said the Koch brothers "have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation and obfuscation," and that "they are the Standard Oil of our times." Koch Industries was named among the nation's top 10 polluters and is funding Proposition 23, which would suspend California's air pollution control laws. Boxer has been leading slightly in the polls, but Fiorina's sure to dip into her cushy $42 million golden parachute as the election nears.
Or just a really good lookalike?2:15 AM, Jan 13, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A tipster tells me that the man who was pushing me outside of a Capitol Hill fundraiser Tuesday night for Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley is Michael Meehan.
Meehan heads up a firm called Blue Line Strategic Communications along with his partner David DiMartino, who was outside the fundraiser with Coakley tonight and introduced himself to me there. The AP reported on Monday that Meehan is also working for Coakley: "The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also dispatched Michael Meehan, a media consultant with ties to Massachusetts, to assist the Coakley camp with messaging."
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