By Jordan Graham | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: October 15, 2018 at 6:49 pm | UPDATED: October 15, 2018 at 6:49 pm Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel will visit Orange County on Wednesday to support the re-election bid of 30-year incumbent Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), who is fighting for his political life in a razor-thin race against Democratic businessman Harley Rouda. McDaniel’s visit — the latest in a string of high-profile political personalities to come to Southern California — underscores how competitive the race has become for the once soundly-GOP 48th Congressional District. Rohrabacher’s seat is one of four GOP-held congressional districts in Orange County – and seven in the state – that Democrats are targeting as some of the 23 seats they’ll need to gain to retake control of the U.S. House of Representative. All of those districts, including Rohrabacher’s, supported … [Read more...] about Republican national boss to stump for Rohrabacher in Laguna Niguel in razor-thin House race
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Derek Hawkins, The Washington Post Published 6:23 am PDT, Friday, August 24, 2018 It wasn't the Democratic National Committee's finest moment, at least from a public relations standpoint. On Wednesday, the DNC revealed that it alerted the FBI about an unsuccessful attempt to hack its voter database, sparking fears that it was being targeted again by foreign adversaries. By the end of the day, however, the committee admitted it was a false alarm: The feared hack, it turned out, was actually a security test organized by a state party without the DNC's knowledge. The Republican National Committee chair taunted Democrats over the snafu. And some critics argued the sudden about-face raised concerns about the committee's preparedness going into the midterms. But digital security experts say the episode should actually inspire confidence in the DNC's cyberdefenses ahead of November. The committee and its cybersecurity contractors deserved praise, these experts said, for … [Read more...] about The Cybersecurity 202: Security pros defend Democratic National Committee’s handling of hacking false alarm
The Republican National Committee has raised more than $200 million this election cycle, according to an RNC official, the fastest the committee has reached the milestone in a midterm period.The fundraising achievement, which was expected after the committee came within $900,000 of $200 million last month, is significant for a party that is trying to buck historical norms in 2018. The political party in power traditionally gets rejected at the ballot box two years after they take power, a fact that President Donald Trump has mentioned numerous times in public and private as Republicans prepare for November.The RNC raised $13.9 million in the month of June -- the most it has raised in that month in a non-presidential year -- bringing its total fundraising haul to $213 million for the 2017-2018 cycle.The committee has $50.7 million in the bank and no debt.The RNC's numbers will officially be released on Friday when the committee files with the Federal Election Commission.The RNC haul far … [Read more...] about Republican National Committee tops $200 million in fundraising ahead of midterms
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A Democratic National Committee “survey” mailed to potential voters asks them to share their attitudes about the domestic and foreign policy agendas of the Republican and Democratic parties. It also asks for cash.If you have received one of these surveys-cum-fundraising-solicitations from either party as election season cranks up, don’t be surprised. And don’t be fooled. They’re not real surveys despite such authoritative trappings as a stamp on the envelope reading “offical party business.”Using a survey to help raise money is a tactic used by all political parties and interest groups, said Mileah Kromer, director of Goucher College’s Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center.The strategy, she added, actually has its own acronym: FRUGing — Fund-Raising Under the Guise of Research.“It’s using a survey to engage folks to think about issues in a way that would compel them to donate money,” Kromer said. “It’s … [Read more...] about Democratic National Committee ‘survey’ seeks donations, opinions to battle President Trump