Obama plans 18 Democratic fundraisers in 2014

Democrats are concerned that 2014 could be a difficult year, especially from voters unhappy with Obama's health care law.

Obama plans 18 Democratic fundraisers in 2014

President Barack Obama has committed to holding more than 18 fundraisers to help Democrats this year, putting the full force of his political brand behind his party’s efforts to gain seats in the House and prevent Republicans from snatching control of the Senate. The stepped-up commitment from the president stands in clear contrast to 2010, […]

Campaign committees raised, spent, almost $500 million

That eye-popping sum doesn't capture the millions raised and spent by the candidates themselves.

Campaign committees raised, spent, almost $500 million

The major campaign committees collected almost a half-billion dollars in 2013 — a year when just two states chose governors, two had special Senate elections and six House districts had unplanned races — and spent most of it. That eye-popping sum doesn’t capture the millions raised and spent by the candidates themselves or the outside […]

Once again, the key in elections is ‘follow the money’

Early reports show heavy spending will be the norm.

Once again, the key in elections is ‘follow the money’

As usual in politics, the focus is money and the ability to raise as much of it as one can. With today’s deadline for filing end of the year financial reports for committees, candidates and others, a snapshot will begin to emerge showing how much is bring raised, who is raising it and who will […]

Both parties hope veterans can win in 2014

"In the military, it's always a team effort."

Both parties hope veterans can win in 2014

When he meets voters in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, former Army Ranger Kevin Strouse recounts how he helped clear a city block in Iraq during the rescue of prisoner of war Jessica Lynch in 2003. The story is meant to show his experience working with others to accomplish a goal. “In the military, it’s always […]

A Dreamworks backdrop for Obama’s economic pitch

A Dreamworks backdrop for Obama’s economic pitch

President Barack Obama is wrapping up a three-day West Coast tour by making an economic pitch at the studio of movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of his top fundraisers and political supporters. Obama will push his economic agenda at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, Calif., on Tuesday. Before delivering his remarks, Obama planned to meet with […]

Republicans see health care debacle as 2014 opportunity

Rahall was among 39 Democrats who, despite an Obama veto threat, voted Friday for a GOP measure that would let insurers continue selling policies to individuals that fall short of the health care law's requirements.

Republicans see health care debacle as 2014 opportunity

In his West Virginia district, the TV ads attacking Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall over the calamitous startup of President Barack Obama’s health care law have already begun. The 19-term veteran, a perennial target in a GOP-shifting state, is among many in the president’s party who have recited to constituents Obama’s assurance that they could keep […]

GOP Capitol event comes under fire

GOP Capitol event comes under fire

Democrats and congressional watchdog groups accused Republicans on Friday of illegally holding a campaign fundraiser in the Capitol complex during this week’s swearing-in ceremonies for lawmakers. One group said it would ask House ethics officials to investigate, but there were no immediate indications that they would take formal action. A spokesman for the GOP congressman […]

Two Republicans voted before they took office

Two Republicans voted before they took office

It only took two days for majority Republicans in the House to suffer their first embarrassment. Two of their members, including the House Republican campaign chairman, voted a half-dozen times in Wednesday’s opening session before they were sworn in. Reps. Pete Sessions, the campaign chief, and Mike Fitzpatrick were at a reception in the Capitol […]