Dana Rohrabacher

DCCC Takes Sides to Avoid Shutout in Crowded California Primary
Democrats are targeting Dana Rohrabacher, backing Harley Rouda

Harley Rouda, Democratic challenger to GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, has been added to the DCCC’s Red to Blue program. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file Photo).

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is taking sides in a crowded California primary in the 48th District, backing businessman Harley Rouda, in an attempt to avoid a nightmare scenario of being shut out of the November ballot.

Rouda was added to the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program on Friday, giving him additional access to committee resources. The move is also evidence that Democrats are stepping up the effort to coalesce around one candidate.

314 Action Launches Mail Campaign for Keirstead in California
The group is spending $280,000 on a mail campaign

Marchers, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, center, lead the March for Science on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A group backing Democratic scientists running for office is launching a mail campaign to boost stem cell researcher Hans Keirstead ahead of California’s June 5 primary.

314 Action will spend $280,000 on a mail campaign to educate voters about Keirstead, a neuroscientist and CEO of a biomedical company, according to an announcement provided first to Roll Call. The mailers will drop eight times throughout May and target more than 57,000 likely voters. The campaign will also attack Realtor Harley Rouda, one of the other top Democrats in the race.

Walters Warns California Republicans at State Convention
‘They’re coming for all of us’ GOP congresswoman targeted by Democrats says of midterms

Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., is facing a tough re-election campaign in a district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Mimi Walters warned fellow California Republicans that Democrats could wipe out Republicans in the state.

Speaking at the state party’s convention on Saturday, Walters said Democrats were working hard to win a number of House seats and take control of the chamber, “and nowhere harder than right here in California,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Rohrabacher Challenger Keirstead Drops $152,000 for First TV Ad
Ad goes after Trump in district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016

Democratic candidate for California's 48th District Hans Keirstead released his first ad. (Keirstead campaign via YouTube)

One of the Democratic challengers to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is spending $152,000 on his first ad in California’s 48th District.

Hans Keirstead never mentions Rohrabacher by name in the ad.

Crowded Fields Remain in California Ahead of June Primary
Candidates have also chosen how to define themselves on the ballot

Crowded primary fields remain in California, leading the DCCC to contemplate openly playing in primaries. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With the filing deadline behind them, congressional candidates in California are gearing up for contested primaries — and providing early indications of how they plan to define themselves on the ballot.

Democrats continue to have an issue with crowded fields in key pickup opportunities in the Golden State, and they’re still attempting to narrow some of the fields ahead of the June 5 primary.

Erik Prince to Hold Fundraiser for Rohrabacher
Comes as Trump associate faces scrutiny in Russia investigation

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., will have a fundraiser with Blackwater founder Erik Prince. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Blackwater founder Erik Prince will host a fundraiser for California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher as the Republican faces a tough re-election.

The fundraiser will take place at Prince’s home in Middleburg, Virginia, according to CNN. Prince, a former Navy SEAL who is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ brother, interned in Rohrabacher’s Capitol Hill office in 1990.

Latest Twist in Russia Investigation Involves Unnamed Member of Congress
Rick Gates’ pleaded guilty to lying about meeting that matched dinner with Rohrabacher

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse after a court hearing on the conditions of his release on Nov. 6, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The wide-ranging investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign took an unexpected diversion to Capitol Hill on Friday, when former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about a meeting between his boss Paul Manafort and an unnamed member of Congress.

Gates admitted, according to court documents, that the 2013 meeting was part of a secret multimillion-dollar lobbying campaign for the Ukrainian government and its Russian-backed president, Viktor Yanukovych. Gates also pleaded guilty to conspiring with Manafort to hide the millions of dollars they were paid by the Ukrainian government.

Rohrabacher Says Kelly Blocked Trump Meeting
Congressman says White House chief of staff said meeting could risk charges of collusion if Russia was discussed

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly prevented a meeting between him and President Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly blocked a meeting between the California Republican and President Donald Trump.

Rohrabacher wanted to meet with the president to discuss his meeting last summer with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whom Rohrabacher said showed him evidence that Russia did not interfere with the 2016 presidential election.  

Which House Members Voted Against Their Leadership on the Budget Deal
Both Democrats and Republicans bucked their party's leaders

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., was able to deliver enough of his GOP colleagues to pass the latest stopgap spending bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House’s early Friday morning passage of a bill to reopen government after a brief shutdown was not your typical budget deal vote.

Unlike similar measures Congress has passed in recent years to lift sequestration spending caps and suspend the debt ceiling, this one drew a limited amount of Republican opposition and minimal Democratic support.

Rohrabacher Opponents Dig Deep to Fund Campaigns
All outraised Rohrabacher in the last fundraising quarter, but much came from their own pockets

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., raised less than many of his opponents but many of them relied on personal loans. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was outraised by his challengers in  his re-election bid for a second consecutive quarter, but much of that came from their own pockets.

An analysis by the Los Angeles Times found that Rohrabacher raised $271,969 in the fourth quarter of 2017 and has $713,144 in cash on hand.