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Hoosier State operative Travis Lowe will be the Midwest political director for the DCCC this cycle. Lowe most recently ran former Rep. Jill Long Thompson’s (D) 2008 gubernatorial campaign in Indiana.

Adam Sullivan will run the Western desk, fresh off his role as campaign manager for Rep. Scott Murphy’s (D-N.Y.) special election last month. Originally from Colorado, Sullivan ran now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) re-election campaign in the 20th district in 2008.

Show-Me the Money. Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) has picked two veteran Missouri fundraisers for his Senate campaign. Roll Call has learned that Karen Mohan Day and Heather Grote will help Blunt’s statewide bid in 2010.

The former House Minority Whip raised eyebrows last month when he announced he raised $560,000 — just over half of the $1 million that Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) announced she had raised since announcing her bid for retiring Sen. Kit Bond’s (R) seat. What’s more, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, who has a history of funding her own races for office, is expected to announce that she will challenge him in the GOP primary.

The founder of Capital Enhancement Inc., Mohan Day is a top GOP fundraiser in Missouri. She has raised money for former Sens. John Ashcroft and Jim Talent and former Gov. Matt Blunt, as well as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign in Missouri.

Grote is a longtime fundraiser for Bond, including serving as top fundraiser for his 2004 re-election campaign and for KITPAC. Grote has also served as finance director for the Missouri Republican Party.

Adding to the Spectrum. Steve Gordon’s consulting firm, Total Spectrum, has added two more top names to its expanding masthead. Gordon has fundraised for dozens of well-known Republican candidates over the course of his 30-year career, including Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.).

Paul Hatch will be a senior vice president. Hatch began his career in Utah, where he did political work for then-Gov. Mike Leavitt, and eventually served as executive director of the Republican Governors Association. Hatch was also chairman of the RNC’s Victory Program in 1996.

Mark Micali will be the firm’s new vice president after most recently serving as director of government relations at Merrill Lynch. Micali started off his political career with former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) before becoming the Direct Marketing Association’s principal political strategist.

Portman’s New Men. Former Rep. Rob Portman (R) has picked his media and polling shops for his Ohio Senate bid. Only one of the firms is new to Portman, who left the House in 2005 to be U.S. trade representative.

Stevens & Schriefer Group will advise Portman on his communications and media for the 2010 race, according to a release from the campaign. This is Portman’s first go-round with the GOP media firm.

Brian Tringali of the Tarrance Group will do Portman’s polling. Tringali also advised the seat’s current occupant, retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R), and Portman when he was in the House.

Portman was one of the leading fundraisers among Senate candidates last quarter, raising $1.7 million since announcing his bid earlier this year.

Rubio’s Reign. Florida Republican Marco Rubio has tapped Brian Seitchik to manage his Senate bid.

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