The DCCC has been slow to cut anyone off completely despite threats from committee brass in August that the DCCC would be ruthless in its spending decisions. The Rothenberg Political Report reported Monday that the DCCC has cut its media spending beyond this week for Rep. Steve Driehaus of Ohio. The move seems to be a first for the committee this cycle.
Republicans say the strategy to continue to keep ad reservations in hopeless races in September and early October may have helped the DCCC avoid some negative press but that it will cost them in the final weeks of the campaign.
“There will be races that will not get funded because they couldn’t cut off people who are already beat,” one GOP strategist said.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., walks on Broadway after a Future Forum with young entrepreneurs in the Flatiron District of New York City, April 16, 2015. Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Grace Meng, D-N.Y., also attended.