Chamber of Commerce

Republicans Delay Ad Buy for Johnson in Wisconsin
State is a top pickup opportunity for Senate Democrats

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson spent $9 million of his own money on his 2010 campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is rescheduling when it plans to run TV ads in support of Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, pushing back its reservation from August and September to the last three weeks of the race.  

The news comes hours before the Wisconsin lawmaker plans to speak at the Republican National Convention. Johnson is locked in a tough fight against former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold in a race Senate Democrats consider one of their two best pickup opportunities this year.  

Aviation, Drug Pricing Keep Lobbyists Busy in Election Year
Firms still bracing for dropoff as recesses loom

A February House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on drug price increases helped elevate the issue's prominence. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A narrow set of policy issues -- aviation programs, the Zika virus and drug prices -- are keeping the lobbying business afloat, even as some big players scale back amid the typical election-year falloff.  

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce boosted its spending in the first quarter of this year, according to disclosures filed with Congress this week. But other prominent players, such as the Business Roundtable, Squire Patton Boggs and Comcast Corp., are seeing business slow.  

In Indiana, a Marine and a Farmer Duel for the Future of the GOP
Both candidates in the Senate primary think presidential turnout will help them

Todd Young meets with Jeff McQueary at Gramz Bakery and Cafe in Columbus. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

COLUMBUS, Ind. — With 11 flavors of coffee on tap behind him, Rep. Todd Young, the ex-Marine-turned-lawyer, held court in Gramz Bakery and Cafe with local business and party leaders here last week. “Don't you have any Folger’s?” he cracked.  

Seventy miles northwest, fellow Indiana GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman told about 50 people at Soul Harvest Church in Cloverdale about shoveling manure: “I thought, Lord, what am I going to do with this experience?” He did what any self-described anti-establishment candidate would do and compared it to working in Washington, D.C.  

Will the Chamber Spend on Ron Johnson This Fall?
Despite a key new endorsement, it's unclear if the business lobby will spend on the Wisconsin Republican

Johnson is the No. 2 most vulnerable senator in 2016 (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson on Wednesday was endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an important sign of support for the business-friendly lawmaker ahead of a difficult re-election test this November.  

But it's unclear whether the behemoth business lobby -- and other well-funded Republican-aligned groups like it -- will actually spend big money on the GOP senator's behalf in a general election.