CCAGW PAC Endorses Five Tennessee House Candidates

Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGW PAC) announced its endorsement for Reps. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Mark Green (R-Tenn.), David Kustoff (R-Tenn.) and John Rose (R-Tenn.) for re-election.

CCAGW PAC based its endorsements on the candidates’ lifetime score in CCAGW’s 2019 Congressional Ratings.

All five candidates have exemplary lifetime ratings that have made them a lifetime “Taxpayer Hero.” Rep. Green has a lifetime rating of 99 percent, Rep. Rose has a lifetime rating of 97 percent, and Rep. Burchett has a lifetime rating of 96 percent all based on their first year in Congress. Rep. Kustoff has a lifetime rating of 93 percent. Rep. DesJarlais has a lifetime rating of 91 percent and was named a “Taxpayer Super Hero” with a perfect 100 percent rating in 2019.

“During their tenures in the House, Reps. Burchett, DesJarlais, Green, Kustoff, and Rose have been strong and reliable votes to curb government waste and reform Washington,” said CCAGW PAC Chairman Tom Schatz. “On top of their impressive voting records, they worked with their colleagues to enact and retain historic tax cuts, support deregulation, and help ignite America’s economic boom. I urge Tennesseans to re-elect them to Congress.”

CCAGW PAC is affiliated with the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, a 501(c)(4) organization. CCAGW PAC’s mission is to support political candidates who will fight to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in government and represent the best interests of taxpayers.

Paid for by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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Oregon House Republicans’ PAC files complaint over Democrat’s incorrect voters’ pamphlet statement

A political action committee controlled by Oregon House Republicans on Wednesday asked the secretary of state to investigate, after the campaign manager for Democratic House candidate Lynnette Shaw of rural Yamhill County acknowledged that Shaw’s voters’ pamphlet statement contained incorrect information.



Oregon House Republicans' PAC on Wednesday filed a complaint over a Democratic candidate's incorrect voters' pamphlet statement. Dave Killen / Staff


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Oregon House Republicans’ PAC on Wednesday filed a complaint over a Democratic candidate’s incorrect voters’ pamphlet statement. Dave Killen / Staff

Shaw’s campaign manager Dustin Daniel told Willamette Week on Tuesday that in an “unfortunate mistake,” Shaw’s statement in the general election voters’ pamphlet incorrectly stated she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Daniel told the newspaper that Shaw’s statement in the primary election voters’ pamphlet correctly stated she attended the University of Minnesota. Her candidate filing for the general election says she completed three years of college.

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Trey Rosser, executive director of the Evergreen Oregon PAC, pointed out that Shaw’s LinkedIn resume also lists a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Rosser wrote in the complaint to Secretary of State Bev Clarno, “By knowingly submitting a voters’ pamphlet statement with false information, Lynnette Shaw is clearly in violation of state law. As you know, violations of ORS 260.715 are a Class C Felony.”

Two years ago, a Bend House candidate’s false statement that she received a college degree also became an issue and ultimately caused Amanda La Bell to quit the race.

House District 24, which covers portions of Yamhill and Washington counties, is currently held by Republican Rep. Ron Noble, who is running for re-election. It is among the most hotly contested Oregon legislative races in the state and as of the end of September, it was the 12th most expensive race, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Shaw could not immediately be reached for comment.

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CCAGW PAC Endorses Four Louisiana House Candidates and Sen. Bill Cassidy

Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGW PAC) announced its endorsement of Reps. Garret Graves (R-La.), Clay Higgins (R-La.), Mike Johnson (R-La.), and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) for re-election to the House of Representatives, and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) for re-election to the Senate.

CCAGW PAC based its endorsements on the candidates’ lifetime score in CCAGW’s 2019 Congressional Ratings.

Based on their exemplary lifetime ratings, all five representatives have earned lifetime “Taxpayer Hero” awards. Rep. Mike Johnson has a lifetime rating of 95 percent. Reps. Higgins has a lifetime rating of 93 percent as does Rep. Scalise, who also had a perfect 100 percent “Taxpayer Super Hero” rating in 2017. Reps. Graves has a lifetime rating of 90 percent. Sen. Cassidy has a lifetime rating of 81 percent, including a perfect 100 percent “Taxpayer Super Hero” rating in 2015.

“During their tenures in the House and Senate, Reps. Graves, Higgins, Johnson, and Scalise, and Sen. Cassidy have been strong and reliable votes to curb government waste and reform Washington,” said CCAGW PAC Chairman Tom Schatz. “On top of their impressive voting records, they worked with their colleagues to enact and retain historic tax cuts, support deregulation, and help ignite America’s economic boom. I urge the constituents of the five representatives to re-elect them to the House and all Louisianans to re-elect Sen. Cassidy to the Senate.”

CCAGW PAC is affiliated with the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, a 501(c)(4) organization. CCAGW PAC’s mission is to support political candidates who will fight to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in government and represent the best interests of taxpayers.

Paid for by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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CCAGW PAC Endorses Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall for Senate, and Reps. Ron Estes and Steve Watkins for Re-election to the House of Representatives

Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGW PAC) announced its endorsement of Reps. Ron Estes (R-Kans.) and Steve Watkins (R-Kans.) for re-election to the House, and Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kans.) for election to the Senate.

CCAGW PAC based its endorsements on the candidate’s’ lifetime score in CCAGW’s 2019 Congressional Ratings.

Rep. Estes was named a “Taxpayer Super Hero” in 2019 with a perfect score of 100 percent and is a lifetime “Taxpayer Hero” with a rating of 94 percent. Rep. Watkins has a lifetime rating of 99 percent based on his first year in Congress and Rep. Marshall has a lifetime rating of 87 percent, both earning the title of “Taxpayer Hero.”

“During their tenures in the House, Reps. Estes, Watkins, and Marshall have been strong and reliable votes to curb government waste and reform Washington,” said CCAGW PAC Chairman Tom Schatz. “On top of their impressive voting records, they worked with their colleagues to enact and retain historic tax cuts, support deregulation, and help ignite America’s economic boom. I urge Kansans to re-elect Reps. Estes and Watkins to the House of Representatives, and elect Rep. Marshall to the Senate.”

CCAGW PAC is affiliated with the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, a 501(c)(4) organization. CCAGW PAC’s mission is to support political candidates who will fight to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in government and represent the best interests of taxpayers.

Paid for by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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House GOP super PAC seeks to shore up additional Republican seats

“CLF is doubling down and pressing even deeper into our top offensive opportunities, reinforcing our swing-seat incumbents and providing a small insurance policy in a few seats to ensure a win this November,” CLF President Dan Conston said in a statement.

Notable new reservations include $865,000 to boost Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska); $500,000 to help Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.), $500,000 for Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), $750,000 for Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), $740,000 for Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and $750,000 for an open seat in central Virginia where Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) lost renomination in a district convention.

CLF also reserved $850,000 in Meadows’ former district, where the Republican nominee is 25-year-old businessman Madison Cawthorn. Court-ordered redistricting last year made the seat more favorable to Democrats by uniting the liberal enclave of Asheville, but President Donald Trump still carried it by 17 points.

Reps. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), Kendra Horn (D-Okla.) and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.) are each getting over a million in new ad reservations against them from the group — a sign that Republicans are still pushing to pick off incumbents. The group is also making large six-figure buys against Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.), Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) and Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.). And earlier this week it laid down a new offensive target with a $2 million ad buy against Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.).

The vast majority of CLF’s total spending for the cycle is on offensive targets, and Republicans feel confident they will make gains in November, particularly if Trump tightens the presidential race. Democrats are defending 30 districts that the president carried in 2016.

But most of the districts in this new wave of reservations are Republican-held. CLF is increasing its buys to help Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.) and Don Bacon (R-Neb.) — and in open seats on Long Island and in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Houston and Dallas.

Democrats, meanwhile, are scaling back their defensive buys and shifting resources away from once-vulnerable incumbents. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week scrapped four TV flights set to run from early-to-mid October in districts held by Reps. Jared Golden (D-Maine), Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), Haley Stevens (D-Mich.) and Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) — a show of confidence in their reelection prospects. All four hold seats won by Trump in 2016.

Republicans are hampered by the cash advantage of Democratic candidates and by their large number of open seats. Members like Hill and Young were outraised by their opponents last quarter — and Young trails in cash on hand. And retirements by longtime incumbents in Indiana, New York and Texas deprived the GOP of the war chests they amassed over the years.

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House GOP super PAC begins $2M TV campaign against Ron Kind

The group’s spot contrasts the military service of Kind’s opponent, Derrick Van Orden, with what it calls the congressman’s dereliction of duty. A narrator notes Kind missed 138 votes in the last 2.5 years. The ad will air in the La Crosse and Wausau markets.

The decision to go into Kind’s district is notable because new offensive targets have proved rare this cycle for Republicans, who face an increasingly narrow path back to the majority. And they have been pushed into a defensive crouch by Democrats, who have recently made buys targeting deep red seats in Montana, Michigan, Alaska and Colorado.

The GOP initially struggled to find a strong contender to take on Kind. Van Orden, a retired Navy SEAL-turned-author, did not file to run until mid-March of this year and said he decided to do so after Kind voted for the articles of impeachment against Trump.

“The concerted effort Republicans put into recruiting top-tier candidates has allowed us to push deeper into the offensive opportunities some thought might be out of reach this cycle,” CLF President Dan Conston said in a statement.

The group’s internal data from this summer found Trump is still leading Biden in the district, and that a majority of voters want their member of Congress to back the president’s agenda. The generic congressional ballot favors a Republican candidate

President Barack Obama won the seat, which spans the western and southwestern swaths of the state, by 11 points in 2012. Trump won it by nearly 5 points four years later. It is predominantly white and largely rural.

Van Orden is not well-known but has proved a solid fundraiser, and he outraised the incumbent by a 2 to 1 margin in the second quarter. He is already on TV with an ad that links Kind to Pelosi and warns that Kind supports giving stimulus checks to illegal immigrants.

Still, Kind has a formidable cash-on-hand advantage, having banked nearly $3.1 million by late July, compared to Van Orden’s $288,000. The congressman has booked nearly $1.8 million in the district. His opponent has reserved about $1 million, according to data from Advertising Analytics.

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Democratic super PAC to spend $6.2M on Texas House races



a man holding a sign: Voter Ed Martinez makes his way to Pflugerville school district’s Rock Gym to vote in the primary runoff on July 14. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


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A national Democratic super PAC, Forward Majority, plans to spend $6.2 million in 18 Texas House races, the group announced Tuesday.

Democrats need to pick up nine seats to gain a majority in the Texas House. In 2018, Republicans lost 12 House seats, including four GOP-held seats in the Austin area.

Forward Majority’s spending plan mostly targets GOP seats in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas.

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to establish a Democratic majority ahead of redistricting and cement Texas’ status as the biggest battleground state in the country,” Forward Majority spokesman Ben Wexler-Waite said in a statement Tuesday.

There are no Austin-area seats being targeted by the super PAC, but Republicans are eyeing some seats that Democrats flipped in 2018.

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Both parties are sinking large sums of money into Texas.

Forward Majority estimated that it has spent nearly $10 million to boost Democratic candidates for the Texas House, far more than the $2.2 million the group spent in 2018 to help 32 Democratic candidates days before the election.

In July, the Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee said it raised more than $1.3 million from January to June, already surpassing its 2018 fundraising efforts.

GOP groups also have ramped up fundraising this year. The Republican State Leadership Committee partnered with the State Government Leadership Foundation to raise $10.5 million in the second quarter.

“Democrats are salivating over turning Texas blue and are spending alarming sums of money to make it happen. Every Texan – and Republicans everywhere – should be deeply concerned by the left’s investments. We’re going to fight like hell to keep Texas, Texas, but we make no bones about it: This will be a political fight unlike any other,” Austin Chambers, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, said in a statement.

State Democratic officials praised Forward Majority’s Tuesday announcement.

“So much is at stake in November and national groups like Forward Majority understand that importance,” Abhi Rahman, spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party, said in a statement. “Together, we will take back the Texas House.”

Forward Majority also targeted races in Florida, North Carolina and Arizona in hopes of flipping GOP-controlled chambers in those state legislatures, CNN reported Tuesday. The group will spend $15 million in the four states ahead of the November election.

The group launched in 2017 to help Democrats win control of state legislatures ahead of the 2021 redistricting process.

“Flipping the state House will stop Republicans from being able to gerrymander dozens of congressional seats and put an end to the right’s dangerous voter suppression agenda that has systematically sought to turn millions of Texans away from the polls,” Wexler-Waite said.

Forward Majority will spend the $6.2 million in Texas on television, mail and digital ads, according to

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