A group led by Democratic strategist Ali Lapp launched a new political action committee Wednesday intended to help Democrats win back the House.
House Majority PAC is an independent expenditure-only committee that can accept unlimited donations to advocate on behalf of or against a candidate for federal office, but the donors must be reported to the Federal Election Commission.
It is one of a few Democratic groups forming to help the party compete in 2012, joining Majority PAC and American Bridge to the 21st Century.
Lapp is the wife of Democratic consultant John Lapp, who was executive director of the Democratic Congresional Campaign Committee under then-Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) in the 2006 cycle. She said in a statement that the new committee “is committed to building a long-term organization that can take on the Republican outside groups in the battle for the House Majority.” Democrats need to pick up 25 GOP seats to take back the majority.
Ali Lapp served as DCCC campaign director in the 2006 cycle, when Democrats won the House, and as deputy director she helped lead the committee’s independent expenditure effort. Lapp is also a former chief of staff to Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and was Washington state director for Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) successful presidential caucus campaign in 2004.
Also leading the new group are two fellow DCCC veterans, Nicole Runge, managing director of finance and marketing in the 2008 cycle, and Ryan Rudominer, national press secretary in the 2010 cycle.
“Our objective is to help the Democrats win back the House,” Lapp said. “We will hold Republican incumbents and candidates accountable for their policies that take our country in the wrong direction.”
According to the Sunlight Foundation, the three top-spending outside Republican groups in 2010 — American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS and American Future Fund — spent a combined $45 million in independent expenditures, matching the National Republican Congressional Committee and helping the GOP net a gain of 63 House seats.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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