House Watch: Where the DCCC spent its money today 

The DCCC’s latest independent expenditure reports contain a few interesting items. Data below, but first the takeaways:

HI-1: There’s only one GOP incumbent on the list of targets today — Charles Djou. Remember all that talk of taking out Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.? No one is playing there right now.

OH-16, OH-13: The very tepid DCCC buy in OH-16, where Democratic Rep. John Boccieri is in mortal peril, stands in stark contrast to the gigantic buy in OH-13 on behalf of Rep. Betty Sutton, D, whose district is much more Democratic. Keep an eye on both. Democrats have reportedly already cut OH-15 loose, they may do the same in OH-16 and focus on the easier task of keeping OH-13.

MI-1: The Dems’ buy here pales in comparison with the six-figure NRCC buys in the district that we saw the other day. DCCC buys here have been shrinking each week. Could become a victim of triage.

NC-8: Dems are betting heavily on Larry Kissell. They clearly expect to keep this seat.

IA-3: Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell’s opponent has suffered from a pretty ugly personal scandal, but the DCCC is still spending $60,000 on new ads? Maybe they’re just trying to kill him off while they can.

And the data on DCCC spending:

  • Against Republican Randy Hultgren, candidate in IL-14 (Foster): $19,000 for a mailing by the Baughman Company.
  • Against Republican Scott Rigell, candidate in VA-2 (Nye): $73,500 for airtime, $12,000 to cut an ad.
  • Against Republican Sean Duffy, candidate in WI-7 (open, Obey): $61,000 for airtime.
  • Against Republican Jim Renacci, candidate in OH-16 (Boccieri): $16,000 for airtime, $10,000 to cut an ad.
  • Against Republican Tom Ganley, candidate in OH-13 (Sutton): $219,000 for airtime.
  • Against Republican Richard Hanna, candidate in NY-24 (Arcuri): $15,000 for airtime, $10,000 to cut an ad.
  • Against Republican Harold Johnson, candidate in NC-8 (Kissell): $188,000 for airtime, $12,000 to cut an ad.
  • Against Republican Alan Nunnelee, candidate in MS-1 (Childers): $38,000 for airtime, $10,500 to cut an ad.
  • Against Republican former Rep. Tim Walberg, candidate in MI-7 (Schauer): $67,000 for airtime.
  • Against Republican Dan Benishek, candidate in MI-1 (open, Stupak): $24,000 for airtime.
  • Against Republican Brad Zaun, candidate in IA-3 (Boswell): $60,000 for airtime, $11,000 to cut an ad.
  • Against Republican Rep. Charles Djou, HI-1: $53,000 for airtime.
  • Against Republican Martha Roby, candidate in AL-2 (Bright): $82,000 for airtime.

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