Jan
25
2012
4

The Brutal NRCC ‘Every Day’ Ad.

This is one of the NRCC‘s harsher web ads… if you define ‘harsh’ as ‘true.’ Something to remember, folks: if you think that campaigning on behalf of Republicans who may or may have not done enough is hard, imagine what it must be like for the netroots, who are all kind of glumly aware that they have to campaign on behalf of Democrats who have done quite too much already.

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Oct
20
2011
2

NRCC *also* fund-raising off of #OWS

Yeah… I think that somehow DCCC chair Steve Israel didn’t think this one all the way through when he came out in support for the Occupy Wall Street ‘movement.’

Steve Israel Stands With Them.

Note that I am utterly unsympathetic to the argument that the OWS movement is merely not being utterly hostile to any random anti-Semites stopping by.  Personally, I take the position that if your organizational criteria requires you to not show the door to anyone who starts ranting about how the International Zionist conspiracy runs the banking system, then you’re doing it wrong.  It’s nice to see one of the two major political parties agree with me; it astounds me that it’s not both.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Sep
22
2011
7

#rsrh QotD, …Err, No, The DCCC Is NOT Recruiting Edition.

Don’t get me wrong: it’s early days yet.  But this line from a Politico article detailing the solidifying trainwreck which is the Democrats’ attempt to take back the House:

The DCCC is working 24/7 recruiting excellent candidates and helping them and our members build top-notch campaigns.

…has pretty much no backup evidence for it.  At all.  The so-called “Drive to 25” initiative that the Democrats were supposed to be pushing heavily has sort of… dissipated.  Not to be mean-spirited about this, but if the DCCC has any people running for all those open/Republican held seats, then the committee has done an excellent job at hiding its light under a bushel.  An examination of the site reveals, well, no recruits at all.

Again, it’s early days yet.  And obviously the NRCC shouldn’t get complaisant.  Still, this was a fairly uncritical acceptance of Democratic agitprop on Politico’s part: tsk, tsk.

Moe Lane

Nov
11
2010
3

Campaign Finance Law 120: Recount restrictions.

Executive summary: the setup and funding of election recounts is affected, like virtually everything else in politics involving money, by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (otherwise known as the BCRA, otherwise known as McCain-Feingold*).  The Federal Election Committee (FEC) has advised that aid by the national committees in the recount efforts be administered as per the following:

  • Direct financial support is limited to $5,000 to a candidate’s recount efforts (the standard amount allowed to PACs), independent of whatever contributions were made to the candidate during the election.  So people and PACs who gave the legal maximum to the candidate before the election may give up to the same legal maximum directly to the candidate for recount purposes only.
  • A national committee may also set up a recount fund to pay expenses generated by the recount process, and the recount process only.  Contributions to this fund are likewise subject to the restrictions set up by BCRA for contributions to national committees.

More details after the fold.

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Nov
10
2010
9

“Still Counting:” a GOP House recount page.

Link here: it’s a page for directly contributing to eight GOP challengers who are currently in the middle of a recount (six ahead, two behind). Note that while this page is off of the main NRCC site, any contributions made to a specific candidate will go directly to that candidate, not the national committee.  The NRCC is in fact somewhat limited in what support it can provide; they can offer advice and about five grand in funds, but that’s about it.  Which means that if you want to help Blake Farenthold (TX-27), Randy Altschuler (NY-01), Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25), Renee Ellmers (NC-02), David Harmer (CA-11), Andy Vidak (CA-20), Joe Walsh (IL-08), and/or Andy Barr (KY-06), going over to Still Counting and clicking through to the candidate’s campaign site is the best way to do it.

And they all kind of need the help right now.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Nov
01
2010
4

What to do with one day to go.

So.  The election’s tomorrow.  You’re going to vote, if you haven’t already; and you’ve helped out in your local state/district/county.  But you’ve maybe got a spare $20 or a couple of hours… and, honestly, nobody in your regular slate of candidates needs it.  Yes, of course, every little bit helps – but, honestly, they’re all fine.  Really.  You’d think that you can maybe splurge a little and give somebody a political treat.

OK, here’s what you do then.  A while back, the NRCC put up a map of every Republican running for Congress, broken down by first state, and then Congressional district.  It has been an amazingly useful resource for me, by the way: to give just one example, having it handy allowed me to quickly track down challengers in suddenly-competitive districts (and there have been a lot of those this cycle).  The NRCC absolutely needs to keep this feature in future election cycles, by the way… but I digress.  Anyway, click on the map more or less at random, look for a blue-colored district in whatever state that you end up in, and click through to the challenger’s website*.  If you like what you see, dispense largess as you see fit. Trust me, they’ll be glad to get the money and/or time.

And you never know.  We’re going to have a lot of close elections.  Maybe it’ll be your help that makes the difference.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*With 430 out of 435 races featuring a Republican in the contest, you have a 98.85% chance of getting a hit.

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Oct
01
2010
1

Boehner bar the door.

Cute bit of political theater, here.  The short version is, House Minority Leader John Boehner brought the GOP caucus together and shook ’em until three million dollars fell out; coupled with the million that he’s donating from his own campaign funds, that’s four million that’s going to the NRCC, just in time for the fall election cycle.  That should fund a bunch of races.

I’m noting this for a few reasons.

  • First: it amuses me.
  • Second: it’s interesting that they were able to get to three million in about thirty-five minutes; that was obviously set up ahead of time, but it’s still nice to see.
  • Third: contrast to the DCCC’s recent curious worries in getting outstanding dues out of its own members.
  • Fourth: admittedly, the reason for the difference between the second and the third points is that more than one-third of the House Democratic caucus have competitive races this year, while barely one-tenth of the House Republican caucus does.  And that those numbers are getting worse for the Democrats for the last two years.
  • Fifth: did I mention that I find this amusing?

It’s odd to think of the Democrats being short of cash at this point in the game, but they are, aren’t they?  They don’t have enough to protect everybody, and if they guess wrong, they waste what they have.  Heck of a thing to have to worry about, no?

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Sep
30
2010
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Interview: Rep. Kevin McCarthy and NRCC recruitment.

As the timestamp shows, we actually had this interview earlier in the month; given that Rep. McCarthy has been doing a series of posts about his road trips on behalf of candidates this election season, I decided that it was long past time that I got the interview actually up. In it we talk about the general details of recruitment, and how it’s been going this cycle.

The NRCC’s site is here.

Moe Lane (Crosspost)

Aug
16
2010
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#rsrh Go gouge greenbacks from GOP!

I have to say, I like the layout of The West [Coast S]Wing: it’s a project by the NRCC to fundraise $100 grand for the fall elections in response to Obama and Pelosi fundraising at an elitist Hollywood function tonight.  Matching contributions from Republican House Members, so go nuts.

Generally speak, I have to say: the new NRCC website aesthetics are pretty good.  Solid, not flashy, not gimmicky.  Good work there.

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Aug
02
2010
1

The NRCC’s Big Board.

The NRCC has drawn up a map of all 435 Congressional Districts, separated them out by state, and linked each district to the website of either the incumbent Republican that represents it, or the Republican that will be challenging the incumbent Democrat in November. 

Note that in cases of contested primaries without an incumbent (like, say, FL-05’s) the NRCC is explicitly not taking sides by picking any particular campaign to highlight; they’ll put up the website of a candidate who is the only one in a primary, which makes sense.

I’ve been playing with this feature for a bit, and the NRCC came through on this one: it’s straightforward, easy to use, and it’s going to save me a good deal of work.  I suggest that folks use it, particularly if they feel the need to concretely express their disapproval of the latest Democratic Member of Congress’s shenanigans.  And with 430 of 435 races being contested, folks usually can.

Moe Lane

Jul
22
2010
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#rsrh *Only* 430 of 435?

Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Republicans have found candidates to run in 430 of 435 districts this fall, a total that tops the party’s previous high of 427, which was set in 1996.

[snip]

In 2006, there were 422 Democrats on the ballot compared with 388 Republicans. Last cycle, House Democrats put up 420 candidates to Republicans’ 392.

Oh, I guess we’re just going to have to forgive the NRCC this one time, though. (more…)

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May
20
2010
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My talk with Brian Walsh (NRCC).

Just to be clear, this is the Brian Walsh who is the political director of the NRCC, and not the Brian Walsh who is the communications director of the NRSC. We spoke for a bit on the recent past and the rapidly approaching future:

To expand on the third question a bit: sites like Reverse the Vote also exist to assist the eventual Republican candidates in a host of Democrat-held districts. As Brian noted, the important thing here is to flip the House.

Moe Lane

PS: Those who are interested in helping Charles Djou over the finish line via phone banking can go here.

Crossposted to RedState.

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