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Santorum to campaign for Romney

at 04:14 PM ET, 07/13/2012

Democrats get their super PAC on; Santorum to team up with Romney; Wilson outdoes Heinrich; and the Club for Growth goes after a pair in Wisconsin.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* The top Democratic super PAC in the country, Priorities USA Action, raised a record $6 million in June, one of the group’s founders told Bloomberg’s Al Hunt. That’s more money than the top super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, Restore Our Future, has raised in either of the last two months and reflects renewed hope for Democrats in the super PAC game, which they have been losing from day one.

* Rick Santorum will campaign for Romney for the first time Saturday in Greensburg, Pa., where Santorum will appear at the opening of a new Romney campaign office.

* The conservative women’s PAC, ShePAC, is raising money off of a Drudge Report headline that suggested Condoleezza Rice is the frontrunner for Romney’s vice presidential pick. Rice recently raised money for the PAC, which the group proudly notes in a new fundraising e-mail playing up the Drudge story.

* Former congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) outraised Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) in the open New Mexico Senate race, pulling in $1.6 million to Heinrich’s $1.4 million. Wilson spent more than Heinrich, though, even as he had a more serious primary, and Heinrich maintains a $1.8 million-to-$1.6 million edge in cash on hand.

* Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) raised $1.2 million for the open North Dakota Senate race, topping Democrat Heidi Heitkamp’s $977,000.

* Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R-Mont.) announced he raised $1.1 million, which is down from last quarter and significantly less than Sen. Jon Tester’s (D-Mont.) $1.9 million.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* The Club for Growth has launched a new ad labeling former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson and businessman Eric Hovde tax raisers. The Club is supporting former congressman Mark Neumann in the open GOP Senate primary, but recent polling has put Neumann behind both Thompson and Hovde.

* The Republican National Committee is ramping up its independent expenditure organization for this fall, launching a $5 million effort in seven states on Saturday. The RNC recently formed the IE team, which will be charged with spending much of the committee’s money on advertising. It will be lead by Jim Murphy, who also worked on Romney’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign. National Media will be the committee’s media buyer, and New York politics veterans Chris Matolla and Jon Downs have produced the RNC’s ads early on.

* Former congresswoman and current State Department official Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) is endorsing Rep. Pete Stark’s (D-Calif.) Democratic opponent, calling Stark “hostile” to a national security and antiterrorism facility in his district (it used to be in Tauscher’s).

* Former Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine (D) spent the day Friday campaigning across the state with President Obama — a rare move for a Democratic Senate candidate in a tough state.

* Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) announced Friday that he raised $2.2 million in the second quarter, continuing a torrid fundraising pace spurred by a big national profile and some aggressive fundraising. West continues to spend a lot of money to raise a lot of money, though, and only saw his cash on hand increase by $400,000.

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