Sanders Consultants Carving Out Risky 'Outsider' Niche

Sanders ' top consultants have also signed on to two Senate contenders who are running in primaries against candidates endorsed by national Democrats. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Four of Sen. Bernard Sanders' top consultants are carving out a niche for themselves for 2016 — working for upstart Democratic candidates who rankle the party establishment.  

Tad Devine, Julian Mulvey and Mark Longabaugh — as well as Sanders' pollster, Ben Tulchin, are also working for two Democratic Senate candidates who are not the pick of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Democratic strategists say it's a move that could either pay huge dividends if those candidates were to win, or could burn bridges with party insiders who could shut off the spigot for future business.  

Democrats Think Speaker Ryan Would Be Perfect Ad Villain

Democrats have used Ryan's budget as fodder, but now they may have the man himself. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Paul D. Ryan and his budget have been a major theme in congressional elections over the past few cycles.  

But with the stars aligning for the Wisconsin Republican to become the next House speaker, Democrats say they'll now have a villain to run against, not just a stack of numbers.  

Senate Majority PAC Bars Lobbyists From Its Payroll

Menendez's indictment could have sparked changes to a super PAC's code of conduct. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC that supports Democratic Senate candidates, will prohibit federally registered lobbyists from working for the organization, according to a memo obtained by CQ Roll Call.  

Senate Majority PAC says the change is to make the super PAC a leader in campaign finance ethics. But it comes in the wake of the dismissal of a former staffer who was mentioned prominently in Sen. Robert Menendez’s corruption indictment .  

Technology Trumped at GOP Campaign Managers Forum

The subject of Trump, shown here at Saturday's Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Presidential Forum in Des Moines, dominated the conversation at a forum with GOP campaign managers. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Donald Trump took over the talk at a Republican campaign manager’s forum in Washington on Monday, just as he has through much of the Republican presidential campaign.

Although Google was hosting the event at its D.C. headquarters with YouTube and National Review, technology’s role in the race was rarely mentioned.