Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) tells The Hill about his job as Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman and lays out their policy on primaries.
*******uselectionnews**** The House Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee publicized a list of the 15 incumbent Representatives that they considered the most vulnerable to a Republican challenger in the 2012 election cycle. The listed Congressmen and women are part of a program called “Frontline”, which the DCCC uses to focus fund raising and support on those incumbents who will have the hardest time retaining their seats during the next election cycle, and during the November midterms more than 40 Representatives were on the list. This cycle Frontline’s incumbent protection program will only have to fight for slightly more than a dozen seats, and a well known name on that list is Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt in January by Jared Lee Loughner.
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At a townhall meeting held in Blaine, MN on Tuesday evening Democratic Congressional challenger Elwyn Tinklenberg announced his campaign had raised over $1,000,000 since Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann's infamous Hardball appearance.
Tinklenberg noted that the money came from over 18,000 donors from accross the country and the average donation was $40. The money will be directed towards the campaign's GOTV efforts and media buys on television and radio.
The challenger is also getting a boost from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) which placed Tinklenberg on its "Red to Blue" list of targeted House campaigns. Tinklenberg was add to the list prior to Bachmann leveling charges of anti-Americanism against Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and liberal members of Congress. The DCCC will soon begin airing its own ads in Minnesota that are expected to take direct aim against Bachmann.
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and about 1,000 Democrats celebrate at the DCCC/DSCC Watch Party in Washington, DC.
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Here comes the bride... and it’s House Speaker John Boehner?
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a website inviting viewers to a “R-Oil wedding”. Except this union is between Republicans and Oil companies, hence the play on words -- “R” and “Oil”.
The flowered invitation tells “guests”: “In lieu of gifts, please send corporate tax breaks at the expense of middle class Americans.” (roilwedding****)
But jokes aside - the campaign is opening up debate over oil subsidies. The Huffington Post says the DCCC has a point when you look at campaign contributions.
“Indeed, the Republican Party's acceptance of campaign contributions from big oil vastly exceeds that of Democrats … $21.8 million for the GOP in the last election, compared to the Dems' $6.5 million.”
The R-oil wedding comes at a time when President Barack Obama is calling for repealing $4 billion in yearly oil subsidies. What’s interesting is that Republican Speaker Boehner opened the door for the conversation in an interview with ABC earlier this week.
Jonathan Karl: “For Speaker Boehner it was a significant shift that stunned Washington, suggesting a willingness to do away with tax breaks for big oil.”
John Boehner: “We’re at a time when federal government is short on revenues, we need to control spending, but we need to have revenues to keep the government moving. And they ought to be paying their fair share.”
The Wall Street Journal calls the whole thing a “gas price freakout” -- and it says Mr. Obama’s plan for increased revenue isn’t going to make things better at the pump.
“Oh, and Mr. Obama wants to devote the proceeds to even more spending on ‘clean energy.’ The problem here is that some renewables (ethanol) increase the cost of driving, while the others (wind, solar) are irrelevant in transportation.”
A columnist for Townhall says, if it’s all about gas prices, then there’s not much the U.S. can actually do.
“[E]liminating subsidies for oil and gas will show little effect on either lowering or increasing prices at the pump because of the nature of the U.S.'s role in global prices in the crude oil market ... there is only so much the United States can do.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the $4 billion in subsidies are no longer needed as an incentive to search for oil. He says repealing tax breaks is just a part of the solution.
“There is no single silver bullet that’s suddenly going to bring us back to $2.50 gas. And that’s a reality, and that’s why we need a serious long term energy policy.” (Fox News)
To get a sense of what $4 billion from oil subsidies means -- Exxon, alone, reported $11 billion in earnings in just the first quarter this year. (SOC)
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