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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.
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.
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.
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:
TO: Interested Parties
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
The DSCC today recognized vulnerable Republican Senator Rob Portman for his calculated political decision to return campaign donations from a noted white supremacist – only after recognizing the potential for political consequences following public outcry over the source of the donations.
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
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.
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.
On Monday, Wall Street billionaires and hedge fund GOP mega-donor Paul Singer hosted a fundraiser for Pat Toomey to reward their favorite Senator for his long record of standing with them instead of Pennsylvania families.
Singer, whose company and industry are among Toomey’s top donors, was an outspoken opponent of Wall Street Reform, and it’s no coincidence that Pat Toomey has in turn supported repealing Wall Street Reform and led the charge on attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a critical piece of the Wall Street reform effort.
Yesterday, Ron Johnson doubled down on 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.
This week, John McCain joined radio host Chris Merrill on KFYI to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill. During the interview, McCain commented to the host that some American jobs “frankly…. shouldn’t be protected.”
Ron Johnson is refusing to give a clear answer regarding Russ Feingold's proposed "Badger Pledge" to keep shadowy, outside money from dominating Wisconsin's Senate race. But that's no surprise considering Ron Johnson already has a shady campaign finance issue that he's refused to come clean about for the last several years.
MARK KIRK: SOON TO BE BRO WITH NO SENATE SEAT: WORST WEEK IN WASHINGTON WINNER MARK KIRK GETS SKEWERED FOR “BRO WITH NO HO.” Mark Kirk took his tendency for inflammatory comments to a new level after he was caught calling Lindsey Graham “a bro with no ho.” Kirk, who first doubled down on the comment and tried to downplay it as just a joke, has
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blunt says he’ll keep Hastert donations
KMOX: Blunt: I Won’t Be Returning Donations From Hastert
Instead of using the majority to strengthen the economy and focus on working families, Senator Rob Portman is once more wasting his time attacking women’s health. This effort is an unconstitutional bill that isn’t based on any sound science and erodes the ability of a woman to make her own healthcare decisions in conjunction with her doctor.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that this weekend, Washington special interest lapdog Rob Portman, alongside right-wing extremist Ted Cruz, will be a “featured speaker” at a summit sponsored by the Koch brothers.
Back in January, vulnerable Republican and key GOP leader Roy Blunt noted that the new Republican majority had “about six months” before Americans decided whether they were “a governing party rather than a complaining party.”
For today’s flashback, let’s check back in on some of their greatest hits over the past six months and see where they stand:
WASHINGTON POST: SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE BUILDING A STELLAR 2016 RECRUITING CLASS. This week, the Washington Post chronicled Democrats’ major recruiting successes in states across the map:
As the scandal surrounding Former House Speaker and Illinois Congressman Denny Hastert cracks open, a major question still remains: Will vulnerable Republican Senator Mark Kirk return the campaign contributions he received from Hastert?