Republican David Jolly’s victory in a Florida congressional election this month has given outside groups focused on a broader goal a playbook for how to gain the six seats the party needs to take control of the U.S. Senate.
A new Republican political action committee that can accept unlimited campaign donations will be “laser-focused” on preserving the party’s House majority in the 2012 elections, said a former senator helping oversee the effort.
Redistricting obliterated his House seat serving central Iowa. Still, Republican Representative Tom Latham has something going for him: a 4-1 cash edge in his re- election race against Democratic Representative Leonard Boswell in a merged district.
The outside groups spending record amounts to help elect Republicans this year are required to work independently of the campaigns. The ties that bind them to the party ensure that there isn’t too much distance.
Three Democratic political groups will team up with a new organization founded by former White House aides to try to keep President Barack Obama in office and win House and Senate seats in 2012, parroting a strategy deployed successfully by Republicans last year.
Last May, New York lawyer John Cahill filed an application with the Internal Revenue Service for a tax exemption for Revere America, a group pushing for the repeal of President Obama’s health care law.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is likely to announce he won’t seek a second term in an evening conference call today, according to a Republican committee member close to the issue.