Having exceeded expectations for their March fundraising, Senate Democrats have launched an online ad campaign targeting several Republicans running for Senate this year, including incumbent Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, according to the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
The DSCC last month “we received more contributions and raised more money than at any time since before the 2010 elections,” says Guy Cecil, executive director of the arm of the Democratic Party which oversees the election of Democrats to the Senate.
In all, the DSCC raised more last month than it did in the entire first quarter of 2011, Cecil says in an email to supporters.
Senate Democrats face a potentially treacherous electoral environment this year. They must defend more than twice the number of seats as the Republicans do. If they lose more than four seats, Democrats will be banished to minority status.
Democrats are heartened, however, by the fact that the wide gender gap — in which women appear to be flocking to support President Obama over likely opponent Mitt Romney — also appears to be translating down into the Senate races.
Incumbent Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Bill Nelson of Florida — and open-seat candidate Tim Kaine in Virginia — all “are currently holding large leads among women,” Cecil says.
Trying to gain further advantage, the DSCC has begun an online ad blitz against five Republicans vying for the Senate, in which these GOP candidates are tied to support of Big Oil.
Specifically, the ads go after vulnerable Bay State incumbent Brown, as well as GOP challengers George Allen of Virginia, Dennis Rehberg of Montana, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Connie Mack of Florida.
Specifically, the ads call for repeal of the billions in federal dollars the largest oil companies receive each year in taxpayer subsidies. Obama, and most other Democrats, oppose continuing those taxpayer-funded giveaways at a time that the corporations are posting large profits, and the cost of a gallon of gas is hovering right around $4 per gallon.
Scott Nance is the editor and publisher of the news site The Washington Current. He has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.