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Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is a national political organization. It supports campaigns of Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate.[1]

The current chair is Colorado Senator Michael Bennet.[1]

2014 elections

GOP Government Shutdown Watch

In September of 2013, the DSCC launched "GOP Government Shutdown Watch," a web campaign targeting GOP Senate leadership, particularly Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the Republican strategy of forcing a government shutdown if President Obama's healthcare reform law is not defunded. According to DSCC spokesman Justin Barasky, "Our 'GOP Shutdown Watch' campaign will hold Republican Senate candidates accountable for their reckless plan to shut down the government and possibly force the country into default." The "Shutdown Watch" web page includes a "Duration of the Republican Shutdown" continuous timer and reads:[2][3]

Radical Republicans in Congress are using the government shutdown to demand the dismantling of Obamacare. Republican leaders have embraced the Tea Party’s ultimatum that Obamacare must be destroyed at all costs. The continued Republican shutdown is having a devastating impact on the country.


First quarter 2013 fundraising

The DSCC raised $13.7 million in first quarter of 2013, almost double what the National Republican Senatorial Committee was able to raise.[4]

Second quarter 2013 fundraising

During the second quarter of 2013, the DSCC raised another $13.7 million. [5]

August 2013

For the seventh time in eight months, the DSCC topped its counterpart NRSC in fundraising efforts, bringing in $3.3 million and ending the month with $9.4 million cash-in-hand.[6]

September 2013

The DSCC raised $8.4 million during the month of September, topping their Republican counterparts by $3.1 million for the month. This was the eighth time in nine months that the DSCC out-raised the NRSC.[7]

October 2013

During October 2013, a month of partisan standoff and government shut-down, the DSCC again out-raised the NRSC, this time raising $4.8 million to the NRSC's $3.8 million.[8]

November 2013

During November 2013, the DSCC once again out-raised the NRSC. The DSCC raised $5.1 million and the NRSC raised only $3.2 million.[9]

2013 Fundraising Totals through October 31

As of October 31, 2013, the DSCC reported total fundraising of $41,750,474 year to date to the Federal Elections Commission. Over the same period, Republicans raised $27,302,080.[10][11]

2012 elections


During the 2012 election cycle, the DSCC spent $62,210,257 on independent expenditures. The top 10 expenditures are listed below:[12]

DSCC's Top 10 Independent Expenditures
Recipient State Total Spent In Support of Dems Spent in Opposition to Dems Spent In Support of Repubs Spent in Opposition to Repubs
George Allen (R) VA-Sen $7,881,089 $0 $0 $0 $7,881,089
Tommy Thompson (R) WI-Sen $7,119,157 $0 $0 $0 $7,119,157
Josh Mandel (R) OH-Sen $5,431,880 $0 $0 $0 $5,431,880
Dean Heller (R) NV-Sen $4,969,217 $0 $0 $0 $4,969,217
Richard Mourdock (R) IN-Sen $4,164,894 $0 $0 $0 $4,164,894
Denny Rehberg (R) MT-Sen $4,113,319 $0 $0 $0 $4,113,319
Linda McMahon (R) CT-Sen $3,810,307 $0 $0 $0 $3,810,307
Todd Akin (R) MO-Sen $3,524,296 $0 $0 $0 $3,524,296
Rick Berg (R) ND-Sen $3,365,434 $0 $0 $0 $3,365,434
Jeff Flake (R) AZ-Sen $3,142,317 $0 $0 $0 $3,142,317


The top 5 contributors to the DSCC during the 2012 election cycle:[13]

Donor Total
Friends of Schumer $1,000,000
Friends of Kent Conrad $731,300
Dan Inouye for US Senate $600,000
Klobuchar for Minnesota 2012 $500,000
Durbin for Congress Cmte $485,000


The top five industries donating to the DSCC during the 2012 election cycle:[14]

Industry Total
Retired $10,117,180
Candidate committees $9,777,850
Lawyers/Law Firms $7,563,422
Securities & Investment $3,208,635
Lobbyists $2,348,919


2014 DSCC Leadership[15]
Member Position
Sen. Michael Bennet Chairman
Guy Cecil Executive Director
Matt Canter Communications Director
Angelique Cannon Finance Director
Jude Meche IT Director

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