Jesse Ferguson Named DCCC Independent Expenditure Director

Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Steve Israel announced Friday that Jesse Ferguson, a longtime staffer, will be the committee's independent expenditure director in 2014. This position is tasked with spending tens of millions of dollars late in the campaign. But, like other IE directors, campaign finance law will prohibit Ferguson from directly coordinating with committee staff. “Jesse Ferguson has a relentless approach to strategizing and winning tough campaigns making him an excellent leader of the IE team,” Israel said. “Jesse has an unmatched understanding of the 2014 battlefield and the experience to elect problem solving Democrats to Congress.” Ferguson was the committee's communications director in 2012. For 2013, he held onto that title and was also promoted to deputy executive director. Ferguson, a fixture in Washington political circles, recorded his battle with cancer on his blog. Emily Bittner was recently promoted to the communications director role and Josh Schwerin became national press secretary. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee named Martha McKenna to the IE position there in November. The announcement is good timing for Ferguson — friends are hosting a party in his honor tonight on Capitol Hill.