Nation: Sessions Raises Money for Late Primary Winners

Posted June 23, 2008 at 6:26pm

At the request of party brass, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) is overseeing a major fundraising drive to ensure that Republican House candidates who emerge from seven late primary races will be well-positioned financially for their general election campaigns.

Sessions, who sought the chairmanship of the National Republican Congressional Committee this cycle and is thought to still be interested in one day leading the committee, is working to raise upwards of $150,000 for each of the candidates in three open-seat districts and four potential pick-up districts for Republicans.

The seven nominee funds will benefit the eventual Republican candidates in Arizona’s 5th district, Florida’s 16th district, Kansas’ 2nd district, Louisiana’s 4th district, Missouri’s 9th district, New Hampshire’s 1st district and Wyoming’s at-large seat.

All the races have primaries that take place in August or September.

Louisianans’ PAC to Aid GOP Candidates

The Committee for the Preservation of Capitalism Political Action Committee, one of the most active Republican PACs, will be handing out $2,500 and $5,000 checks on Wednesday to a smattering of freshman House Members and other GOPers in vulnerable or competitive races this cycle.

Among those Republicans who have been tapped to receive checks at Wednesday’s event at the Capitol Hill Club are Reps. Paul Broun (Ga.), Tom Feeney (Fla.), Randy Kuhl (N.Y.), Steve Pearce (N.M.), Steve Scalise (La.), Christopher Shays (Conn.), Frank Wolf (Va.) and Don Young (Alaska). Pearce is the GOP nominee for Senate in New Mexico.

The CPC PAC was created by Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.) and it contributed more than $832,000 to individual candidates in the previous cycle. This year, the PAC has already distributed more than half a million dollars to various Republican campaigns.

With McCrery retiring this cycle, fellow Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany (R) was named co-chairman of the CPC PAC earlier this year and is expected to run the PAC after McCrery leaves Congress.

Obama Solicits Cash for DSCC and DCCC

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Monday issued a fundraising solicitation penned by the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) — the first Obama has written since securing the nomination earlier this month.

On Friday, Obama wrote his second appeal of the month for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

In the e-mail solicitations, Obama argues that the political change he is working for needs a stronger Democratic majority in the Congress to be achieved — and in the DSCC letter he invokes the name of his erstwhile rival for the presidential nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.).

“This November, we have a chance to create a Democratic Senate majority like we haven’t seen in decades — but it won’t happen on its own,” Obama writes. “For eighteen months, Sen. Hillary Clinton and I counted on people like you to support our campaigns for president — and now I am asking you to do the same for a tremendous slate of Democratic Senate candidates by supporting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.”

Obama goes on to say that “even a $5 contribution is enough to make a difference when it adds to our growing strength.”

In his solicitation for the DCCC, Obama says that every donation through June 30 will be matched on a 2-1 basis by Democratic House Members, “making any gift of $50 worth $150.”