DCCC Raises $15.4 Million in August
Nearly half came from online donations, House Democrats’ campaign arm says

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján says Democrats are in “a strong position to take back the House.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is boasting its best August fundraising numbers ever, raking in more than $15.4 million last month, according to figures provided first to Roll Call.

That’s $4.5 million more than the committee’s fundraising total in August 2016, and $5.1 million more than the committee raised in August 2014.  Nearly $7 million of last month’s total came from online donations, with an average donation of $20.

Dem Rep. Cuellar Asks Supporters to Donate to Vulnerable Republican
GOP Rep. John Carter is facing a tough challenger from Democrat M.J. Hegar in Texas’ 31st District

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, raised eyebrows for attending a fundraiser breakfast for vulnerable Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, and asking his supporters to contribute to Carter’s re-election campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas invited his supporters to attend a fundraising breakfast for neighboring Texas Rep. John Carter on Tuesday.

The hook: Carter is a Republican in what experts expect to be one of the closest congressional races in the state.

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.

Rep. Mia Love’s Campaign Gamed Primary Fundraising Laws, FEC Finds
GOP congresswoman’s campaign will return or reclassify less than a third of funds called into question

Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, improperly raised more than $1 million for a primary race she knew she would not have, the FEC contends. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Mia Love’s re-election campaign copped to improperly raising money for a primary race that it knew was unlikely to take place, the campaign’s lawyers wrote in a letter to the Federal Election Commission.

The GOP congresswoman’s campaign was responding to a letter from the FEC in which the commission scrutinized $1,153,624 Love raised and classified as primary election funds for her 4th District seat in Utah.

Big Sky Trip Highlights Trump’s Focus on Senate Races
President also involved in gubernatorial races, Pence takes House contests

President Donald Trump at the White House in July. He will spend part of Thursday and Friday in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota campaigning and raising funds for GOP Senate and gubernatorial candidates. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump will return to Montana on Thursday night for another political rally aimed at ousting incumbent Democrat Jon Tester, part of the president’s midterm focus on keeping the Senate under Republican control.

White House and Trump campaign officials have signaled Trump will hit as many as eight states this month alone before picking up the pace in October as the midterm campaign enters its final sprint. Trump will continue to publicly stump for Republican Senate and gubernatorial incumbents and candidates, while Vice President Mike Pence primarily focuses on competitive House races.

Cruz Supporters Say O’Rourke Is a ‘Wakeup Call’
‘No room for complacency at this point,’ GOP fundraiser says of Senate race

Supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are beginning to build up a defense of the Texas senator as he faces a strong challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz are re-evaluating the Republican incumbent’s strategy as he faces a strong challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

“It’s a wakeup call that we can’t take this race for granted,” Texas Republican fundraiser Mica Mosbacher told the Houston Chronicle. “There’s no room for complacency at this point.”

Former Rival Bush Remembers McCain as ‘a Man With a Code’
'The world is smaller for his departure,' 43rd president says

Former President George W. Bush leaves the altar after speaking during the funeral service for Sen. John McCain at the National Cathedral on Saturday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Updated 12:24 p.m. | Former President George W. Bush recalled in Sen. John McCain’s memorial on Saturday how their once-bitter rivalry “melted away.”

“In the end, I got to enjoy one of life’s great gifts: the friendship of John McCain. And I’ll miss him,” Bush said, describing the Arizona Republican as a “a man with a code” who respected his political opponents.

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.

Trump to the Rescue (Maybe) in North Carolina
Democrats see opportunities, but GOP won’t go down without a fight

President Donald Trump, here at a 2016 rally in Raleigh, N.C., returns to the Tar Heel State on Friday to help fundraise for two vulnerable GOP-held seats. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

OPINION — When Donald Trump travels to North Carolina this week, it won’t be for one of the campaign-style rallies that are his oxygen — especially needed now when the air is filled with praise for his nemesis John McCain, who is being lauded in death in terms the president can only dream about.

This Friday in Charlotte, host of the 2020 GOP convention and with the Trump National Golf Club not that far away in Mooresville, the president is scheduled to make a lunchtime appearance at a country club for an audience of those willing and able to pay at least $1,000 ($25,000 will get you admission to a “roundtable” and a photograph with Trump). It is a party with a purpose: to raise enough cash to keep two possibly vulnerable House seats in Republicans hands.

Here Are All the Republicans Jockeying for Committee Leadership Positions (So Far)
Roughly half of the House committees will have new GOP leadership next year

Dozens of House Republicans are running for committee chairmanships that will be open in the next Congress, hoping to obtain gavels like the one pictured. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo.)

Roughly half of the House’s 21 committees will have new Republican leadership next year, creating several competitive races among colleagues looking to move up the ranks.

The majority of the openings come from retiring GOP chairmen, most of whom have reached the six-year limit Republicans place on their committee leaders.