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Moulton Adds 3 More Veterans to Leadership PAC’s Endorsement List
Massachusetts congressman riding high after notching win in key Kentucky race

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., has endorsed 19 veterans who are running for Congress for the first time in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Seth Moulton is apparently riding high after a candidate he endorsed in a key Kentucky race won her Democratic primary Tuesday.

The Massachusetts Democrat added three more military veteran candidates to his Serve America leadership PAC endorsement list on Wednesday: a former Obama administration official in New Hampshire, a state senator in Nevada, and a retired Navy commander who was one of the first women in the Navy’s nuclear program.

Meehan Contributes to Pennsylvania Republicans Following Harassment News
State party says it will use funds from disgraced former congressman to recruit women candidates

Former Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., contributed to a number of Republican groups in Pennsylvania. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Disgraced former Rep. Pat Meehan donated funds to a number of Republican groups in Pennsylvania after revelations he settled a sexual harassment claim against him.

Meehan announced he would not seek re-election in January after the New York Times revealed he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim against him by a former staffer.

A Long Fight Ahead for the Wisconsin GOP Senate Nomination
State Sen. Vukmir wins state GOP endorsement, but Nicholson not backing down

With the Wisconsin GOP endorsement, state Sen. Leah Vukmir gains access to the state party’s campaign apparatus for the Republican primary. (Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate via Facebook)

Wisconsin Senate candidate Leah Vukmir scored a crucial victory at the state GOP convention on Saturday, taking home the party’s endorsement with 72 percent of the vote.

It was a blow to Marine veteran and businessman Kevin Nicholson, the top spender so far in the Republican primary field.

McConnell Gets Head Start on 2020 Re-Election
Senate majority leader makes first campaign hire in Kentucky

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has begun his re-election campaign for 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, ever the political tactician, isn’t one to wait around for others to make the first move — his 2020 campaign is already underway.

Last week, the Kentucky Republican hired Shane Noem, a senior political aide, to begin laying the groundwork for his campaign, nearly 2½ years before Election Day, Pure Politics in Kentucky reported.

FEC Rules Candidates Can Use Campaign Cash for Child Care
Rep. Terri Sewell, who led push in Congress, says decision breaks down barriers for women and working parents

The Fderal Election Commission ruled Thursday that child care expenses incurred because of the demands of running for office could be paid out of campaign funds. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that a candidate can use campaign funds to pay for child care.

The FEC ruled in favor of Liuba Grechen Shirley, who is running in New York’s 2nd District and requested an advisory opinion last month on her request to use her campaign funds to pay for child care for her young children while she was involved in campaign activities.

Potential FEC Violations Cast Shadow on Rice’s Possible AG Run
New York congresswoman’s old district attorney account has been used for

Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., could see a campaign for the vacant New York attorney general post hindered by potential campaign finance violations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Kathleen Rice, a leading name to replace former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, could be dogged in the coming months by a batch of potential campaign finance violations involving her old district attorney campaign account.

Rice never deactivated the account from when she was elected Nassau County district attorney after she lost to Scheiderman in the 2010 Democratic primary for state attorney general. Since winning election to the House in New York’s 4th District in 2014, she has subsequently spent thousands of dollars from the DA campaign account on ads, consulting services, and donations to local Democratic groups that have actively worked on her elections to the House, according to a report by Crain’s New York.

Giffords Gun Group Throws Money Against Vern Buchanan
Spends $120,000 in ad targeting Florida congressman’s ties to the NRA

UNITED STATES - JUNE 18: Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., arrives for the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ gun law reform PAC dropped $120,000 to target Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan for his support from the National Rifle Association.

The PAC’s ad criticizes Buchanan for receiving $15,450 from the NRA, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Former Rep. Murphy Throws Money Into Race in His Former District
Disgraced former congressman has continued to contribute to Pennsylvania Republicans

Former Rep. Tim Murphy contributed to a super PAC backing a candidate in the Republican primary to represent parts of his old Pennsylvania district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Disgraced former Republican Rep. Tim Murphy is throwing money behind a Republican to represent parts of his old district.

Federal filings show Murphy is backing state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Sinema’s Donations From Cárdenas Scrutinized
Arizona Senate candidate’s opponents seize on another contribution from someone touched by scandal

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., is running to replace retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is back under the microscope for her handling of campaign contributions from donors with checkered legal and ethical pasts.

This time, it’s the $11,000 the Arizona Democrat has accepted since 2012 from another House colleague, California Rep. Tony Cárdenas.

Top-Spending Virginia Democrat Drops From Race to Unseat Rep. Tom Garrett
RD Huffstetler urged supporters to rally behind Democratic primary opponent

Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., has attracted a competitive field of Democratic challengers; one of them, Roger Dean “RD” Huffstetler, dropped out of the race Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic challenger who has raised and spent more than any candidate in Virginia’s 5th District this cycle has dropped out of the race to unseat freshman Republican Rep. Tom Garrett.

Roger Dean “RD” Huffstetler, who spent nearly three-quarters of the roughly $1.1 million he raised through the first filing quarter, according to the Federal Elections Commission records, suspended his campaign Thursday and announced he is endorsing Democratic primary opponent Leslie Cockburn.