DCCC raises $10.2 million in March

April 18, 2013

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

Reid shelves gun bill: A day after key gun control amendments were defeated, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced the Senate would “take a pause” and return to considering gun control legislation at another time. Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) criticized the National Rifle Association's resistance to his bipartisan background check compromise. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said he had "no regrets" about his effort to pass background checks.

DCCC slams Sanford: House Republicans' campaign arm won't spend money on Mark Sanford, but House Democrats are happy to spend against him. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released its first anti-Sanford ad, a brutal 30-second spot calling attention to ethics issues he faced as governor.

McConnell pans "dirty" attacks: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released a new TV ad decrying "dirty" attacks from liberal activists. The ad references both a racial tweet and the effort to record a private conversation at his campaign office.

DCCC raises $10.2 million in March: The DCCC brought in $10.2 million in March, bringing its quarterly haul to $22.6 million in the first quarter. The committee finished the period with $8.9 million in the bank and $4.5 million in debt. It was the committee's best first quarter fundraising haul ever.

"Gang of Eight" meets the press: The so-called Senate "Gang of Eight" addressed the media about its immigration reform bill, stressing that the measure contains tough border security measures and a difficult but attainable path to citizenship.

Wicker once hired ricin suspect: Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said he once hired the man who allegedly mailed poison-laced letters to him and the White House to perform as Elvis at an engagement party.

Kasich leads, but is under 50: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) leads a pair of potential Democratic challengers, but is under 50 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey. Kasich leads Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald 46 percent to 37 percent and outpaces Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray 45 percent to 38 percent.

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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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