Newspaper article Roll Call

Nation; Illinois; NORTH CAROLINA; NEW YORK; New Jersey ; DSCC, DCCC Post Record Fundraising; Boehner Evens Score, Donates to Manzullo; Club for Growth Backs Keadle in 8th District; Rep. Bob Turner Makes Senate Primary Ballot; Meng Nabs Local Party Nod for Ackerman Seat; Donald Payne Jr. to Seek Father's Seat

Newspaper article Roll Call

Nation; Illinois; NORTH CAROLINA; NEW YORK; New Jersey ; DSCC, DCCC Post Record Fundraising; Boehner Evens Score, Donates to Manzullo; Club for Growth Backs Keadle in 8th District; Rep. Bob Turner Makes Senate Primary Ballot; Meng Nabs Local Party Nod for Ackerman Seat; Donald Payne Jr. to Seek Father's Seat

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Democrats' House and Senate campaign arms recorded their best February fundraising hauls ever and outraised their GOP counterparts, the committees announced Monday.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $5.3 million last month, leaving it with $19 million on hand as of the end of February and a cycle-to-date total of $52.3 million. That impressive monthly total helped the DSCC get closer to its strong 2008 cycle, when it ended February with $32.8 million on hand.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, meanwhile, raised $4.95 million in February, bringing its cycle-to-date total to $50.5 million. The committee ended the month with $16.2 million on hand.

On the House side, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised an impressive $6.3 million last month, leaving it with $16.4 million on hand.

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $5.1 million in February and had $20.6 million in cash on hand at the end of last month.

The committees' monthly fundraising reports are due at the Federal Election Commission today.

House Democrats are looking to net 25 seats in the November elections to regain the majority, while Senate Republicans need a net gain of four seats to take control of the chamber.

President Barack Obama's campaign also announced its February fundraising Monday. The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee jointly raised $45 million last month, which included 348,000 donors giving an average donation of $59.

Speaker John Boehner's (Ohio) political organization cut a $5,000 check last week to veteran Rep. Don Manzullo, almost three months after it gave the same amount to his opponent, freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

The late donation from Boehner's Freedom Project settles the Speaker's support in the highly competitive primary today between the two Illinois GOP Members that has divided the House Republican Conference.

But the timing of Boehner's donations are notable.

Boehner never intended to take sides in the Member-vs.-Member race, according to one of the Speaker's aides, who said the PAC gave to Kinzinger before it was clear he'd challenge another GOP Member. But online fundraising records show the Freedom Project donated to Kinzinger on Dec. 20 -- the day after Kinzinger announced he'd challenge Manzullo.

What's more, the Manzullo donation came in around the same time Boehner's deputy, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), caught flak for boosting Kinzinger. Late last week, a super PAC aligned with Cantor launched a $50,000 radio ad buy in the 16th district on the freshman's behalf.

In a recent interview with Roll Call, Manzullo said Cantor's support for Kinzinger enraged the Conference, and several Members expressed their dissatisfaction with the No. 2 House Republican. Manzullo declined to name his irked colleagues, but Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-Ill.) endorsed the longtime Member on Saturday.

Many other GOP Members picked sides in the fight, with several freshmen backing Kinzinger.

The powerful pro-free-market Club for Growth endorsed former Iredell County Commissioner Scott Keadle in the Republican primary race to take on vulnerable Rep. Larry Kissell (D).

"Scott Keadle is a true fiscal conservative who will cut spending and fight the big-spending Republican establishment," club President Chris Chocola said in a statement Monday. "As an Iredell County Commissioner, Scott Keadle demonstrated that he understands that government doesn't create jobs -- the free market does. The Club for Growth PAC strongly endorses Scott Keadle for Congress."

Keadle, a dentist, faces a crowded and contentious primary in the redrawn 8th district, which strongly favors Republicans. …

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