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.

GOP Outside Money, Gerrymandering Worry DCCC Chairman
Rep. Ben Ray Luján still confident Democrats will win back the House

New Mexico Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Luján chairs the DCCC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján expressed confidence Thursday his party will take control of the House, but he remains concerned about the impact of outside Republican money and gerrymandered districts.

“As far as what keeps me up at night, Republicans have committed what seems like unlimited amounts of money to these elections,” the New Mexico Democrat told reporters Thursday. “We’re seeing Super PAC after Super PAC on the Republican side continue to tear in.”

DCCC Poll Shows Katie Porter With Slight Lead Over Mimi Walters
Democratic challenger has 3-point lead over GOP incumbent

Democrat Katie Porter, is running in California's 45th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll showed a close race in California’s 45th District, with Democrat Katie Porter slightly ahead of GOP Rep. Mimi Walters.

The survey, paid for by the DCCC’s independent expenditure arm, found that 49 percent of respondents backed Porter while 46 percent backed Walters. Five percent were undecided, according to a polling memo obtained first by Roll Call. The poll had a 4.38 point margin of error.

Obama to Kick Off Campaigning in Southern California
Will campaign in Republican districts won by Hillary Clinton

Former President Barack Obama, shown here speaking at the North American Climate Summit in December, will campaign for Democratic candidates in Southern California House races this weekend. (Scott Olson/Getty Images file photo)

Former President Barack Obama will make his first stop on the 2018 campaign trail in Southern California on Saturday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced. 

Obama will campaign with candidates Josh Harder in the 10th District, T.J. Cox in the 21st District, Katie Hill in the 25th District, Gil Cisneros in the 39th District, Katie Porter in the 45th District, Harley Rouda in the 48th District, and Mike Levin in the 49th.

Scott Taylor to Break Silence in Court Over Forgery Case
Virginia Republican’s staffers allegedly forged signatures to get third-party candidate on November ballot

Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., has been mostly silent as media outlets have reported on at least four of his staffers allegedly forging signatures to get a third-party candidate on the ballot this November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Richmond, Virginia, court has subpoenaed Rep. Scott Taylor to testify about his involvement in the ballot petition forgery scandal that has dogged his campaign to the point that he and his office ghosted media requests for more than a week.

The subpoena could force the Virginia Republican to break that silence in court as early as Wednesday.

Could This Be the Year Montana Sends a Democrat to the House?
Despite winning other statewide races, Democrats have struggled in at-large House district

Kathleen Williams, Democratic candidate for Montana's at-large House seat, addresses the crowd at Crow Fair in Crow Agency, Mont., on Aug. 18. She’s running against Rep. Greg Gianforte, at center. Arkansas Rep. Bruce Westerman appears at right. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

CROW AGENCY, Mont. — It was an odd display. The Republican congressman dancing in a powwow with the Democrat who’s hoping to unseat him this fall.

Rep. Greg Gianforte narrowly won a closely-watched special election last year, earning negative headlines when he physically assaulted a reporter the night before.

Ex-Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s Comeback Bid Continues in Arizona
Former 1st District congresswoman wins primary in 2nd District

Former Arizona Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick won her primary on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick has won the Democratic primary in Arizona’s 2nd District, one of the top pickup opportunities for Democrats this fall.

Kirkpatrick, who previously represented the neighboring 1st District, had the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. But she still faced a bruising primary fight thanks to attacks from physician and former state Rep. Matt Heinz, the 2016 nominee. Heinz charged that Kirkpatrick was a carpetbagger who was not liberal enough on issues such as gun control.

Evan Jenkins’ Seat in West Virginia to Remain Vacant Until January
Defeated GOP Senate primary candidate was appointed to state Supreme Court

Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., was appointed as an interim justice to the West Virginia Supreme Court. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When Rep. Evan Jenkins, who lost a bid for the Republican Senate nomination in West Virginia earlier this year, resigns from Congress in the coming days, his seat will remain vacant until January, West Virginia’s elections director told The Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Jenkins was appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to fill a vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court last week after the state’s House of Delegates voted to impeach Justice Robin Davis, who resigned after the vote.

GOP Rep. John Katko Leads by 15 Percent in District Clinton Carried
Democrats have targeted the Western New York seat

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., held a 15-point lead over his Democratic challenger in a poll released Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. John Katko holds a 15-point advantage over his Democratic opponent, a poll released Monday found.

Katko, who is seeking a third consecutive term in New York’s 24th District, led Democrat Dana Balter, 54 percent to 39 percent, in the Spectrum News/Siena College survey conducted by phone from August 20 through 23.

DCCC Raises $13.5 Million in July
Committee had $71.5 million on hand as of July 31

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján says the Democratic grass roots “are united around the goal of taking back the House.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $13.5 million in July, surpassing past records for the month.

The committee raised $1.6 million more than it did the same month in 2016. Roughly half of the July total came from online donations, according to fundraising numbers provided first to Roll Call.