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Politicians Who Cry Wolf in Fundraising Emails

Wyden isn’t the only member in a safe race to claim imminent doom in a fundraising email, only a recent offender. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Fundraising emails are mind-numbing. The sheer volume (both in quantity and apocalyptic language) has a way of desensitizing potential donors and reporters alike. But some pleas for money go beyond exaggerating.  

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon certainly isn’t the only lawmaker in a safe race to claim imminent electoral doom in a fundraising email, but his campaign is a recent offender.  

Wyden Looks Safe, but Democratic Rift Is Real

Wyden speaks with reporters as he arrives for the Senate Democrats' policy lunch on Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Liberal groups have targeted Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden for defeat in next year’s elections unless he sides with them on upcoming trade deals. But any talk about the four-term Democrat's vulnerability is premature until there is a challenger.  

“Secretive Trade Deal Could Pose Problems At Home For Ron Wyden,” a rather alarming Huffington Post headline declared in February. The corresponding story appears to be based on a poll paid for by Democracy for America and a press release circulated to create doubt about the senator’s re-election bid. But the structure of the survey unfortunately doesn’t measure Wyden’s vulnerability.  

Most Vulnerable Senators, Ranked by Their Wealth

McConnell is the richest on our most vulnerable list. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The most vulnerable senators who face the voters in less than two weeks run the gamut from multimillionaires to one of the poorest on Capitol Hill, based on Roll Call's Wealth of Congress ranking of the minimum net worth of every single lawmaker.  

Two senators in tough spots on Nov. 4 are members of the 50 Richest  list. One of the vulnerable senators has a negative minimum net worth.  

Fight for Senate Control Down to Five States

With six weeks to go, the fight for control of the Senate is down to five states, four of them currently held by Democrats.  

Republicans must win only two of those contests to guarantee the 51 seats they need to control the Senate for the last two years of Barack Obama’s presidency. And they need to win only one of the Democratic states if they hold the only GOP seat at serious risk.  

Monica Wehby Launches Statewide TV Ad (Video)

Wehby is challenging Merkley. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Oregon Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby is launching a statewide TV ad on Wednesday highlighting her support for small-business friendly policies.  

“As a doctor I was taught to do no harm," Wehby says direct-to-camera in the ad, which was provided first to CQ Roll Call. "But day after day, I see policies coming from Washington that are hurting Oregon’s small businesses and costing us jobs."  

Jeff Merkley Touts Efforts to Stop Outsourcing in New Ad

Jeff Merkley is seeking re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call))

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., is going up with a new ad Tuesday focusing on his efforts to prevent companies from outsourcing jobs.  

Merkley speaks directly to the camera in the positive spot, provided first to CQ Roll Call, describing his father working at a mill when he was growing up.  

Oregon Republican Raises $955,000 for Senate Bid

   

Oregon Republican Monica Wehby will report raising more than $955,000 in her bid for Senate in the second quarter, according to fundraising figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

Rating Change: Oregon Senate
Always Be Nice to the Person Who Answers the Phones: Oregon Senate Edition

Collins, center, is the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One hidden lesson from the recent Senate primary in Oregon: Always be nice to the lowest staffers in your office, because you never know where they might end up.  

Back in 1998, Rob Collins was a young staff assistant on Capitol Hill working for Republican Rep. Frank Riggs. The congressman’s district director , Jason Conger, would call in to D.C. from northern California in order to talk to the chief of staff, and Collins was the one who patched him through. Fast forward nearly two decades: Conger is a state representative making a bid for the U.S. Senate in Oregon, while Collins is executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  

Monica Wehby Wins GOP Senate Primary in Oregon