Scott Brown raising money off Elizabeth Warren flap, Al Gore is dating, and George W. Bush is returning to the White House (for a portrait).

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* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is raising money off Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren’s struggle to answer questions about her Native American hertiage. “[V]oters have every reason to believe Professor Warren’s not telling them the truth,” campaign manager Jim Barnett writes. “With Senator Brown, what you see is what you get. ... Will you help us deliver our truthful and commonsense message by contributing $20 or more today?”

* Mitt and Ann Romney have contributed $75,000 each to the Romney Victory Fund, which includes the campaign, the RNC, and state committees. First Read points out that that donation pales in comparison to the $35 million Romney donated to his campaign four years ago.

* Two years after separating from his wife, former vice president Al Gore has a new girlfriend — Elizabeth Keadle, a Democratic donor from Southern California who works on environmental conservation efforts. Keadle and her ex-husband, biotech entrepreneur Lyle Turner, were early investors in what became Gore’s Current TV.

* A supporter of former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist is going on a hunger strike until Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) agrees to debate his primary challenger on television. Hatch has agreed only to a radio debate; his campaign manager said the strike “is not going to influence our position.”


* Former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura will be back at the White House later this month for the unveiling of their official portraits. The May 31 ceremony will be the former president’s first public visit to the White House in more than two years.

* If Romney wins this fall, he will likely make (recent) history by taking the presidency while losing both his home and native state. John Wolley, the co-founder of the American Presidency Project, told the Plum Line that the last person to become president while losing his home state and his state of birth was James Polk, in 1844.

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee narrowly outraised the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee in April, $4.5 million to $4.25 million. The DSCC has $25.7 million on hand to the NRSC’s $21.6 million.

* A Democratic super PAC is on the air in Missouri defending vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill, a two-week, six-figure buy in the Kansas City and St. Louis markets. The Majority PAC ad says “corporate special interests” are attacking McCaskill because “they want to keep getting tax breaks when they ship our jobs overseas. And Claire McCaskill is determined to stop them.”


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