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DSCC Statement On Congressman Heck & The Nevada Senate Race

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DSCC Communications Director Justin Barasky released the following statement on Congressman Heck’s announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination in the Nevada Senate race:

“Congressman Heck has spent his time in Washington catering to insurance companies, big banks and Washington special interests instead of Nevada families and he will struggle to explain his anti-middle class record throughout the campaign.

MEMO: Kelly Ayotte’s Record Of Looking Out For Special Interests Instead Of New Hampshire has GOP Terrified of Her Reelection Prospects

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TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Justin Barasky, Communications Director

DATE: June 30, 2015

RE: Kelly Ayotte’s Record Of Looking Out For Special Interests Instead Of New Hampshire has GOP Terrified of Her Reelection Prospects

 

In a stunning admission of fear regarding her reelection prospects, New Hampshire’s vulnerable Senator Kelly Ayotte is officially launching her re-election effort more than 16 months before Election Day.

DSCC FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: STRICKLAND, MURPHY, AHEAD IN NEW POLLS – DUCKWORTH LEADS KIRK BY 16 IN NEW POLL – GOP LOSES FOURTH COSEN RECRUIT – JOHNSON STILL SILENT ON SKETCHY FUNDRAISING SCHEME

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DEMS LEADING IN FLORIDA, OHIO SENATE RACES. The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Dems opening up strong leads in crucial battleground states. In Florida, Patrick Murphy leads Rep. Ron DeSantis by 8 percentage points, and leads likely candidate Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez Cantera by 12 percentage points. In Ohio, Ted Strickland leads Rob Portman by 6 percentage points.

Five Questions For Ron Johnson About His Shady Campaign Finance Scheme

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With renewed focus on Ron Johnson’s shady 2010 campaign finance scheme in the press, Wisconsin voters are still left with more questions than answers. After Johnson put $9 million of his own money into his 2010 race, he was conveniently awarded a $10 million “deferred compensation” package from his company.

Long, Hot GOP Summer in Colorado

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Today, national Republicans suffered their fourth recruitment failure in the Colorado Senate race  when State Senator Ellen Roberts was the latest in a slew of Republicans to pass on running. With one Republican meltdown after another in Colorado this month, the GOP’s chances of running a competitive race in Colorado in 2016 are growing slimmer by the day.

Here’s a recap of some of the highlights in Colorado over the past month:

MEMO: Ron Johnson’s Shady Campaign Finance Reimbursement Scheme

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TO: Interested Parties

FROM: DSCC

DATE: June 23, 2015

RE: Ron Johnson’s Shady Campaign Finance Reimbursement Scheme

Ron Johnson’s got a campaign finance skeleton in his closet and it just won’t go away. Johnson is hopeful that by refusing to answer questions on it and dodging the outside money “Badger Pledge” proposed by Russ Feingold he can make it go away, but he’s wrong.

 

A Look Back At 2010

PROFILE IN COURAGE: Rob Portman Bows To Political Pressure, Returns White Supremacist Campaign Donations

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The DSCC today recognized vulnerable Republican Senator Rob Portman for his calculated political decision to return campaign donations from a noted white supremacistonly after recognizing the potential for political consequences following public outcry over the source of the donations.

DSCC FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: GOP ROCKY MOUNTAIN MELTDOWN – RON JOHNSON REFUSES TO SIGN DARK MONEY PLEDGE, HAUNTED BY QUESTIONABLE FUNDRAISING SCHEME – ILLINOIS NEWSPAPERS SLAM MARK KIRK’S “INSENSITIVE, RACIALLY CHARGED REMARKS”

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REPUBLICANS’ BIG, BAD, ROCKY MOUNTAIN MELTDOWN. Candidate recruitment for the 2016 cycle has been nothing but bad news for Republicans this year, with their top choices in Florida, Nevada, Indiana and

Republican Meltdown In Colorado Continues

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As the temperatures rise, Republicans in Colorado are in a full-on meltdown with accusations flying that potential Senate nominee and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman threatened and blackmailed the Chair of the state Republican Party in an effort to get him to step down. There goes hopes of recruiting her for a Senate run.

Meanwhile, sources are indicating that Mike Kopp, another of the GOP’s potential recruits is no longer considering a bid for Senate. Ouch.

#TBT: Ron Johnson’s Shady Campaign Finance History

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As Ron Johnson continues his refusal to give a clear answer regarding Russ Feingold’s proposed “Badger Pledge” to keep shadowy, outside money from dominating Wisconsin’s Senate race, today’s #TBT reminds us that Johnson’s shady campaign finance history goes all the way back to a questionable funding scheme during his 2010 campaign.