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    House Dems Smash Fundraising Records

    House Democrats have already raised more money in online contributions this year ahead of the midterms than they did during all of 2015, the most recently comparable year, a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee official told NBC News.

    The unusual fundraising haul is the latest sign that President Donald Trump is motivating Democrats in extraordinary ways as the party looks to win back the 24 seats it needs to retake the House of Representatives in next year's midterm elections and put Rep. Nancy Pelosi back in the Speaker's chair.

    The DCCC raised $20 million in online contributions since the start of the year from contributions averaging just $18, according to the group, beating the $19.7 million the committee raised during 2015, the last off-year ahead of an election year. The campaign arm of House Democrats said more than 2.2 million people joined the committee's grassroots email lists since the beginning of January, including 156,00 new donors.

    House Dems Smash Fundraising Records Ahead of Midterms - NBC News

    And it looks like they have several great recruits for 2018.


    Democrats are looking to turn the Donald Trump resistance movement into an army of candidates to try to take back the House in 2018. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee leaders have already met with 255 potential candidates across 64 districts, convinced that the shifting political environment has opened new opportunities that they’ll chase in next year’s midterms.

    A rough profile of their ideal candidate has started to emerge: veterans, preferably with small business experience too. They’d like as many of them to be women or people who’ve never run for office before — and having young children helps.

    While winning the majority would require a tidal wave in 2018, Democratic recruiters are giddy over the surge in energy and interest among potential candidates, and they are starting the process earlier than ever.

    This past Saturday, candidates preparing to be in the first round of campaign announcements quietly made their way to DCCC headquarters in Washington for the first pre-launch boot camp, following several staff training sessions. Half the attendees were women, and half were veterans, according to a DCCC official. They’ll formalize the focus on recruiting veterans on Tuesday, with a meeting at headquarters between DCCC leaders and Vote Vets, a liberal group focused on veterans’ issues, convened by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), herself a veteran who was one of the Democrats to flip a Senate seat last year.

    Democrats recruit veterans early for 2018 battle - POLITICO

    It will only take flipping 24 seats. Some in CA - where Issa for sure is going to get voted out.
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    Reaching out to veterans and in particular younger vets, is brilliant.

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    Flipping 24 seats is nearly impossible in one election.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minotaur View Post
    Reaching out to veterans and in particular younger vets, is brilliant.
    I believe the republicans are already doing that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Flipping 24 seats is nearly impossible in one election.
    There have been huge flips in elections.the last one I remember they flipped 49!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minotaur View Post
    Reaching out to veterans and in particular younger vets, is brilliant.
    Indeed...and this is just an example...my son told me to this ad..

    One of the most striking campaign ads for the general election has nothing to do with the presidential race and is aimed at only one state. It is from Jason Kander, a Democratic candidate for Senate in Missouri, a veteran who explains his support for firearms background checks using a blindfold and an assault rifle.

    THE AD In a sparse warehouse, Mr. Kander stands alone, a blindfold pulled over his eyes. Before him is a wooden table, the various parts of a disassembled rifle splayed out. “Senator Blunt has been attacking me on guns,” Mr. Kander says of his Republican opponent, Senator Roy Blunt, as he props up the body of the rifle to begin assembling it.

    The audible mechanical clicks and snaps of the AR-15 being assembled becomes the soundtrack to the ad, as Mr. Kander methodically puts together the rifle, his blindfolded gaze still fixated on the camera, his hands confidently finding and securing the hinges of the gun. “In the Army, I learned how to use and respect my rifle,” he says, mentioning his record as a Afghanistan veteran and his support for the Second Amendment.

    “I also believe in background checks, so that terrorists can’t get their hands on one of these,” he says, propping up the completed rifle and offering a challenge in his approval message as he peels off his blindfold. “I approve this message because I’d like to see Senator Blunt do this.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/u...ifle.html?_r=0

    Video at link as well.
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    Bam!!

    translation, NBC is full of shit!

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    RNC reports $41.5 million fundraising haul in first quarter

    RNC reports $41.5 million fundraising haul in first quarter - POLITICO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    I believe the republicans are already doing that.
    Nah. Republicans only have the older retired vets as seen by tea party gatherings. There is a larger subset of younger vets that can bring something new to the environment. If that is who Dems are reaching out to, it is a win-win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    There have been huge flips in elections.the last one I remember they flipped 49!
    I said nearly impossible.

    You have to not lose any and win every race. It also means turning complete districts from blue to red or red to blue.

    Basically you need something drastic to happen to get such a large fit in one election.

    Trump may be that for you but congress is actually doing fine in spite of him.

    Good fundraising is a key but seriously the earliest you are going to take the house would be in 2020. The left has simply lost too many seats over a long period to simply make it up, you are going to have to chip away at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    Indeed...and this is just an example...my son told me to this ad..

    One of the most striking campaign ads for the general election has nothing to do with the presidential race and is aimed at only one state. It is from Jason Kander, a Democratic candidate for Senate in Missouri, a veteran who explains his support for firearms background checks using a blindfold and an assault rifle.

    THE AD In a sparse warehouse, Mr. Kander stands alone, a blindfold pulled over his eyes. Before him is a wooden table, the various parts of a disassembled rifle splayed out. “Senator Blunt has been attacking me on guns,” Mr. Kander says of his Republican opponent, Senator Roy Blunt, as he props up the body of the rifle to begin assembling it.

    The audible mechanical clicks and snaps of the AR-15 being assembled becomes the soundtrack to the ad, as Mr. Kander methodically puts together the rifle, his blindfolded gaze still fixated on the camera, his hands confidently finding and securing the hinges of the gun. “In the Army, I learned how to use and respect my rifle,” he says, mentioning his record as a Afghanistan veteran and his support for the Second Amendment.

    “I also believe in background checks, so that terrorists can’t get their hands on one of these,” he says, propping up the completed rifle and offering a challenge in his approval message as he peels off his blindfold. “I approve this message because I’d like to see Senator Blunt do this.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/u...ifle.html?_r=0

    Video at link as well.
    There it is. Younger vets can rock the vote. Talk about thinking outside the box with great impact.
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