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Beto O’Rourke Smashes Senate Race Fundraising Record with Nearly $40 Million Haul
Previous single-quarter record set by New York Republican Rick Lazio in 2000

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke raised a record $38.1 million in the third quarter of 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Texas Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke raised a record $38.1 million in the third quarter, the campaign announced Friday, nearly tripling his overall fundraising haul for the cycle.

The blockbuster quarter surpasses the record for the largest fundraising quarter ever in a U.S. Senate race — set by Rick Lazio in his race against Hillary Clinton in New York in 2000.

Trump Jr., Top Trump PAC Helping Vulnerable GOP Rep. Pete Sessions
Trump political machine trying to stave off top Dem pickup opportunity in Texas’ 32nd District

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, is receiving a boost from the Trump political machine as he looks to stave off Democratic challenger Colin Allred in the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 6. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Trump political machine is out in full force in Texas’ 32nd District to boost GOP Rep. Pete Sessions as his race against Democratic challenger Colin Allred tightens.

First, Vice President Mike Pence stumped for Sessions there on Monday. Then, the top Trump-aligned super PAC shelled out millions of dollars on airtime for a new ad attacking Allred. And on Wednesday, the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., announced he will host a fundraiser in the district for Sessions later this month.

Grassley Wants to Raise $3 Million for Collins Amid Kavanaugh Backlash
Three progressive groups have raised more than $4 million in what Collins calls ‘quid pro quo’ for her vote

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wants to raise $3 million to help re-elect Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, the Judiciary chairman who helped guide new associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh through his confirmation process, wants to raise $3 million to support the 2020 re-election campaign of the decisive Republican swing voter, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

Collins’ re-election is a far way off considering voters are still roughly a month away from heading to the polls for the 2018 midterms. But a cadre of progressive groups has already crowdsourced more than $4.4 million to bolster Collins’ Democratic opponent in 2020, money it would have used to back Collins had she voted against Kavanaugh, who was confirmed on Saturday on a mostly party line vote, 50-48.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski Could Face Reprisal from Alaska GOP
Alaska Republican was only member of her party to vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, talks with the media in the Capitol after voting “no” on a cloture vote that advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a final vote on October 5, 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski could face severe consequences from her state party for her decision to reject new associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation vote over the weekend.

The Alaska Republican was the only GOP senator to oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which passed 50-48 mostly along party lines. (Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., voted with Republicans.)

Trump to Senators: Ignore ‘Elevator Screamers’
President issues closing argument ahead of crucial vote on Brett Kavanaugh

Sens. Jeff Flake and Chris Coons head out of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last Friday to discuss an FBI probe of sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh after Flake had been confronted by protesters on an elevator. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

As a crucial Senate vote on his controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh neared, President Donald Trump appeared to lobby undecided senators by casting two women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake last week as Democratic-funded “Troublemakers.”

Trump dubbed the women “very rude elevator screamers” and “paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad,” referring to wealthy liberal donor George Soros. The president appeared to plead with GOP senators to not “fall for it!” He ended his tweet with “#Troublemakers.”

House Intel Chairman Nunes’ Democratic Challenger Raises $4.3M
Andrew Janz received more than 180,000 individual contributions since April 2017

Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., listens during the House Intelligence Committee hearing on “China’s Threat to American Government and Private Sector Research and Innovation Leadership” on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’s Democratic opponent raised more than $4 million in the third filing quarter, his campaign announced Wednesday.

Democrat Andrew Janz’s $4.3 million haul is an extraordinary mark for any House race, but especially noteworthy given he’s running in California’s rural 22nd District that has been in Republican hands for years.

‘Take Your Racist Ad and Shove It,’ Lieu Tells Chris Collins
NRCC chairman Stivers says he won't spend any money in the race

Republican Rep. Chris Collins of New York will not get money from the National Republican Congressional Committee in his re-election bid in New York’s 27th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ted Lieu, a Chinese-American Democrat from California, took umbrage at a new ad that he deemed “racist” from Rep. Chris Collins as the New York Republican tries to revive his campaign.

The ad in question shows Collins’ Democratic opponent, Nate McMurray, speaking Korean, with subtitles saying his goal was to ship jobs overseas when he was a lawyer in Korea. The subtitles did not at all match what McMurray was actually saying in the video. The ad has been all over Buffalo television screens over the last week.

Koch Network Forms a New Super PAC
Americans for Prosperity Action to directly support candidates

Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, told donors that the organization wouldn’t support Republican candidates who are not in line with their policy positions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Americans for Prosperity, one of the conservative policy-focused arms of the network of organizations backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, is getting into the super PAC business.

“Our mission is to help improve lives by breaking the barriers holding people back, and that requires building the policy coalitions in Washington to get it done. Americans for Prosperity has been a difference-maker supporting policy champions in tight races, and AFP Action is a new tool that will allow us to expand those efforts and make an even larger impact,” Americans for Prosperity Action Spokesman Bill Riggs said in a statement accompanying the launch.

Kavanaugh Dodges Question on Pre-Existing Condition Provision
Protections were a key part of the 2010 health care law

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faced senators again on Wednesday as his nomination hearing continued. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, on Wednesday declined to say whether he would vote to overturn a statute requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.

The Barack Obama-era 2010 health care law includes protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but the Trump Justice Department has said it would not defend the provision. Democrats have signaled they view any effort to save it as a solid midterm campaign message.

Father of McConnell’s 2014 Democratic Challenger Indicted for Illegal Donations
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ dad indicted for funneling nearly $200,000 to her campaign

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ father, Gerald Lundergan, was indicted Friday on 10 counts related to corporate campaign finance violations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The father of the Democratic candidate who lost to Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in 2014 was indicted Friday for illegally funneling nearly $200,000 to his daughter’s campaign to pay for various services.

Federal prosecutors in Lexington, Kentucky, secured indictments against Gerald Lundergan, a state Democratic party powerhouse and the father of 2014 Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, on 10 total charges: one count of conspiracy, one count of making corporate campaign contributions, four counts of causing the submission of false statements to the FEC, and four counts of causing the falsification of documents with the intent to obstruct and impede a matter within the FEC’s jurisdiction, according to the charging document.