Wednesday, March 12, 2014
From staff reports
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DEMS TO TAKE SNOWE'S SEAT?
The Hill published a story recently in which Democratic strategist U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said that the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, would be under Democratic influence come next year.
Schumer was discussing the likelihood that Democrats would retain the chamber after the election. The story focused primarily on states where Democrats have a chance to add to their current majority, but Schumer had this to say about Maine, where independent Angus King is the current frontrunner.
"There's only one state where the strong likelihood is there's a pick-up," Schumer said. "That's Maine and that's ours."
Schumer's comments were immediately seized by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been advancing the narrative that King is a Democrat cloaked as an independent. King has declined to say which party he'll caucus with if he's elected in November. Brian Walsh, with the NRSC, said in a statement that King is keeping quiet in an effort to trick Republican voters.
"It's simply insulting to voters in Maine and to the candidates running for the Democratic nomination that King is playing this dishonest, cat-and-mouse game," Walsh said.
MAIL MIX-UP FOR POLIQUIN
State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Poliquin did not receive his $5,000 check from a Texas PAC until after a federal reporting deadline, according to the Republican strategist who coordinates the PAC.
"He didn't get it until April," said Rob Jesmer, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
That's important, at least to close observers of the primary race, because it helps explain why Poliquin didn't have to file a recent financial disclosure report along with all the other candidates.
Jesmer oversees Alamo, a political action committee created by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. As reported last week, Alamo sent $5,000 checks to Poliquin and four other Republican candidates in March.
While the other four candidates reported March financial activity that included the donation, Poliquin did not file any report.
Poliquin's check was disbursed on March 6 along with several of the others, but it took Alamo longer to get a correct mailing address for Poliquin's campaign than it did for the others.
"There was an address mixup so it did not get to him until after the (April 1) deadline," Jesmer said.
Any candidate who raised or spent more than $5,000 by March 31 was required to file a financial disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission. Poliquin is the only one of 10 Republican and Democratic candidates in the race who did not file a report on fundraising and spending though March. The treasurer also declined to disclose his campaign's financial activity when asked by a reporter.
All 10 candidates in the June 12 primary will have to file updated financial disclosure reports at the end of May.
Political reporters Susan Cover, Steve Mistler and John Richardson contributed to this column.