Both parties experiencing shortfalls in fundraising
Frustrated, tightfisted voters have left both the Democratic and Republican senatorial campaign committees with less money in their pockets as the midterm elections loom.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee are both going into 2014 with less cash on hand than they had going into 2012, according to a Political Moneyline blog post.
The DSCC is heading into 2014 with $11.1 million cash on hand, but with $6.25 million in debts compared to the $12.2 million cash on hand and zero debts party officials reported in 2012.
On the other side of the chamber, the NRSC now has $5 million cash on hand but no debts, while in 2012 the campaign committee had more than twice as much with $11.5 million cash on hand and still no debts. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling against state laws designed to buck federal gun rules.
Earlier this year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge’s decision against the 2009 Montana Firearms Freedom Act. The measure has since been passed in other pro-gun states. The laws attempt to declare that federal firearms regulations don’t apply to guns kept in the state where they were manufactured.
The Justice Department has argued successfully that the courts already have decided Congress can use its power to regulate interstate commerce.