Scott Walker brought in $7 million , Thad McCotter wrote a racy script, Artur Davis is out on the trail again and Brad Pitt’s mom is writing letters to the editor.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) raised and spent nearly $7 million in the final days of June’s recall election, new reports show. Altogether Walker raised over $37 million in defending his seat, more than was spent by all candidates and outside groups in the 2010 election that first put him in office.
* While getting over his dashed presidential hopes last year, Rep. Thad McCotter (R-Mich.) wrote a racy television pilot. The Detroit News obtained a script for “Bumper Sticker: Made On Motown,” a vulgar variety show that lampoons some of his staffers. McCotter described the work as “cathartic” and “designed to be a train wreck.” The quirky five-term congressman cannot get on the GOP primary ballot this year thanks to signature-gathering failures.
* Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Ill.) is in worse health than was previously known. His office put out a statement saying the congressman was struggling with “physical and emotional ailments” and is “undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility.”
* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney raised $100 million in June, according to RNC political director Rick Wiley. That total includes funds raised for the Republican National Committee and the Romney Victory Fund (a joint committee between the campaign and the RNC). The record for money raised in a month still belongs to Obama, who in conjunction with the DNC raised $193 million in September 2008.
* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $2.5 million in the wake of the Supreme Court health care ruling, the group said in a statement. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced raising $2.3 million since the decision on Tuesday.
* President Obama kicked off a bus tour through the Rust Belt today, hoping to fire up the working-class white voters he needs to win this fall. He campaigned with two incumbent senators who might help him: Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is featured in a new ad touting Rep. Todd Akin (R) as the best Republican to take on Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D). Akin faces businessman John Brunner and state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in the Aug. 7 primary.
* Majority PAC, a super PAC supporting Democratic Senate candidates, is up with a new ad in Ohio attacking state Treasurer Josh Mandel (D). “No Show,” like many previous Democratic ads, focuses on the fact that Mandel missed 14 consecutive meetings of the state’s Board of Deposit. Mandel faces Brown this fall.
* Nebraska Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey wants his Republican rival, state Sen. Deb Fischer, to agree to a special debate on health care. Fischer turned down a candidate forum at Creighton University last week.
* Newly-minted Republican Artur Davis, a former Democratic congressman from Alabama, appeared at a College Republicans event in Virginia today. Asked if he was a Romney surrogate now, Davis told the Washington Examiner, “I don’t think there is a place where you get an official surrogate card. If there is, they haven’t told me about it.”
* The League of Conservation Voters is out with a $115,000 mail campaign attacking New Mexico Senate candidate Heather Wilson (R) for voting while in Congress for energy bills that shielded producers of the chemical MTBE from liability for contaminating drinking water. The group has put has now spent $367,031 on this race, where Wilson faces Rep. Martin Heinrich (D).
* Brad Pitt’s mother was in fact the author of a letter to the Springfield News-Leader endorsing Romney and opposing gay marriage. “Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama,” she wrote. Pitt was raised in Springfield, Missouri.
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