SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
DCCC rents a billboard while Davis raises big money

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013

* Billboards are some of the least effective political advertising, but they’re relatively cheap, so

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is putting up billboards in 10 House Republicans’ districts accusing them of “putting radicalism and partisanship ahead of solutions for the middle class.” […]

The National Republican Congressional Committee fired back.

“The only thing that’s radical is the Democrats’ plan to never, ever balance our nation’s budget – and that’s causing a lot more whiplash for voters than these silly billboards will,” NRCC spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said.

From the DCCC

“Every day when these Members’ constituents drive home, they think of how they will pay their bills, support their families, and pay for their healthcare and retirement – and now they will be reminded that their Republican Member of Congress would rather put radical ideology ahead of solutions for those worries,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The Republican budget puts millionaires ahead of the middle class and partisanship before solutions, and now Republicans will not be able to hide from their radical records, because they are in plain view. Instead of offering bipartisan solutions, these House Republicans have chosen partisanship again.”

The Davis billboard…

Yeah, that’ll work, I’m sure.

* While the DCCC is blowing cash on a billboard, Davis raked in a pretty darned big haul

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., raised just north of $401,000 in his first full fundraising quarter in Congress, according to figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

The freshman will report having $334,000 in cash on hand and zero debt at the end of March, which marks the deadline to close the books on the first fundraising period of the year. […]

House Democrats have actively searched for potential candidates in the 13th District, even feting a well-known circuit court judge in Washington, D.C., over inauguration weekend.

But so far, not a single Democrat has announced a bid to challenge Davis. Other potential candidates who previously indicated interest in the race include Champaign Mayor Don Gerard and former Champaign County Board Member Brendan McGinty.

I highly doubt they’ll find a solid candidate there. Davis is everywhere, and that district is far more Republican in the off-years than during presidential years, partly because the district is packed with universities. If they couldn’t beat him last year, it’s gonna be a lot tougher to win that seat in 2014.

* Freshman Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider also raised $400K during the first quarter. Bob Dold is looking at a rematch, but that also may be tough row to hoe.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


33 Comments
  1. - shore - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:05 am:

    “While the DCCC is blowing cash on a billboard, Davis raked in a pretty darned big haul…”

    There’s no biggert, dold, walsh, hultgren, kinzger or gop us senate candidate ect to compete with for campaign dollars so far in chicago. DCCC/NRCC also do these things at the beginning of every cycle. Sometimes it’s a robocall, other times it’s a radio ad. They cost maybe $5,000 but because of how little political news there is they get treated in the press like it’s a $250,000 major tv ad buy.

    “Freshman Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider also raised $400K during the first quarter. Bob Dold is looking at a rematch, but that also may be tough row to hoe.”

    -Dold (now squarely in jan’s district) lives closer to quigley’s district and roskam’s district and maybe even guttierez’s district than he does to the heart of the current 10th. There are also major cultural differences between him and the new district. That said, schneider is underwhelming and kirk’s old cos now runs the nrcc. Kirk could have done a lot more for dold last time.


  2. - wordslinger - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:07 am:

    Um, are you supposed to pull over and read all that? Do you have to pay for parking?

    It’s a billboard, for crying out loud. Big graphic, a few SHORT words, call to action with big 800-NUMBER or website.

    That’s it.


  3. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:11 am:

    Putting partisanship first?

    Nothing like taking out a partisan attack ad on a guy just a few months into his first term.

    That’s barely enough time to have a cup of coffee with the guy, much less work with him, if you’re on opposite sides of the aisle. The House hasn’t even taken 100 votes yet this year, and about half of those were procedural.

    Never let details get in the way of the eternal campaign slogan, eh?


  4. - Cincinnatus - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:19 am:

    I’ve always liked looking at billboards and trying to figure out if they are effective, this one ain’t. For others that like “fun with billboards” this site cracks me up:

    http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/photos/billboards-should-never-be-next-each-other


  5. - Doooode - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:25 am:

    Poor Shore…

    Face pressed against the glass looking in as usual…

    Nobody thought Dold would lose most of all Dold who swaggered into Election Day with the rest of his team.

    Billboard campaigns are smart eh??

    Ok then.


  6. - LisleMike - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:36 am:

    Maybe I missed something along the way. “Radicalism” is not what I think of with extreme Repiblican ideas. Usually they go towards Reactionary (a return to the way things were or keeping them as things were) Radical is maybe misapplied? You political scientists out there: Am I off base?


  7. - Amalia - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:49 am:

    what Wordslinger said.

    also, what’s up with the colors of the Billboard?


  8. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:52 am:

    Maybe there is ANOTHER billboard, down the road, that explains THIS billboard….right?

    I guess the small, SMALL print under that avalanche of words … is the disclaimer?

    “Paid for by “Radical Optomitrists Touting Total Eyewear Needs” - R.O.T.T.E.N.


  9. - Kasich Walker, Jr. - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:52 am:

    LisleMike –

    You either give rebranding a chance or go with Ladybird.

    (Youngsters: Ladybird was Lyndon Johnson’s wife. She supported a highway beautification program that included planting native grasses/wild flowers and restricting the use of billboards.)


  10. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:55 am:

    Don Gerard? The guy with all the orders of protection stories? No thanks. Surely the Dems can find someone better.


  11. - LisleMike - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:58 am:

    I was in HS when LBJ and his wife occupied the WH and remember the “Radical” idea of stopping billboards….that and LBJ picking up his beagle dog by it’s ears! Oswego Willy: you really put the “OW” in your puns!LOL


  12. - Downstater - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:59 am:

    Somebody at the national committee level has to justify their existence/salary. Even it is bad.


  13. - Chevy owner/Ford County - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 12:02 pm:

    Lisle,

    You are correct…but the “political scientists” are not the target of these billborards (actually looking at that mess, I’m not sure who is) and, in general, the masses are not familiar with the term “reactionary”


  14. - Ravenswood Right Winger - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 12:07 pm:

    hisgirlfriday: Did you see Gerard get into a brouhaha with a local musician? It’s in today’s News-Gazoo. Mike Freirichs could give Davis a run but it sounds like he’s looking at a statewide office.

    Off topic: Chicago City Council just proclaimed April 15 as Harold Washington Day. Considering Harold had issues with the IRS for failing to file income tax returns, it’s ironic.


  15. - shore - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 12:12 pm:

    they don’t spend a lot of $$$ on these, they get attention in the political press. that’s about it. They’re like the webvideos, the campaigns make it, everyone goes whoa! then you look and 100 people saw it and the campaigns spent a few shillings on some intern-maybe more in the case of that kid who did quinns work in 2010. I’ll let you dig up the stories from 2005,7,9,11 where national journal writes something to the effect of nrcc spent only $2,000 on those calls/ads/billboards.

    I wasn’t part of the dold operation or any operation. If you know kenilworth (where dold is from) people, they have swagger in everything they do and how they live. He was quite humble in that race and for a guy who worked for dan burton and dan quayle he was awfully moderate.


  16. - Esquire - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 12:27 pm:

    “Chicago City Council just proclaimed April 15 as Harold Washington Day. Considering Harold had issues with the IRS for failing to file income tax returns, it’s ironic.”

    It is doubly ironic that Harold Washington ever forget to file his income tax returns since April 15th was his birthday.


  17. - RNUG Fan - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 1:05 pm:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/11/1200937/-House-GOP-campaign-chief-doubles-down-on-attack-against-Obama-budget-s-Social-Security-cut

    The democrats are determined to commit off year suicide again so this race isn’t going to happen.
    He raised close to Illinois gov numbers. tells you about the enthusiasm for those candidates


  18. - jake - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 1:20 pm:

    So the DCCC is still screwing up in the 13th. It is hard for them to learn anything because they only listen to each other. Probably there will not be a professional politician candidate on the DEM side. That being said, Davis should be vulnerable to somebody. It is a swing district, most suitable for a moderate, and so far he is taking his stand way on the right. But there needs to be a likable articulate candidate to exploit that, and the DCCC needs to have learned something so as not to screw up the campaign as they did the last time.


  19. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 1:22 pm:

    - LisleMike -,

    I thank you …


  20. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 1:50 pm:

    I think we can all agree the only rational option is David Gill running for a 5th time.


  21. - Under Influenced - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 1:51 pm:

    “Probably there will not be a professional politician candidate on the DEM side.”

    Unless Manar decides to run.


  22. - Cincinnatus - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 2:13 pm:

    - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 11:52 am:

    “Maybe there is ANOTHER billboard, down the road, that explains THIS billboard….right?”

    Like this?

    http://www.acdclub.org/ACDForumCars/MiscPhotos/BurmaShave.jpg


  23. - wordslinger - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 2:19 pm:

    Cincy, one of the many joys of riding back roads in a safe car with a full tank of gas (not the norm during most of this farm boy’s life) is running across a witty, Burma-shave-inspired message.

    There’s some effort there. Not only do you have to come up with a worthy message, you have to make and paint some signs and dig some holes out on the road. Great fun.


  24. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 2:24 pm:

    - Cincinnatus -,

    Good stuff!

    I also enjoy the sides of the barns with Ads. some are for local places, attractions, etc., and then you get some, for an event, that happened almost a year ago, and no one changed it.

    Good way to pass the time, for sure.


  25. - wordslinger - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 2:42 pm:

    I’m a sucker for the old red wooden barns I roamed in my youth. No nostalgia for the Butler buildings.

    I’ll stop for every wooden barn, every lead-guzzling Detroit muscle car at the front of the farm with a for-sale sign, every historical marker, every drive-in burger joint and every produce stand.

    My wife and kids haven’t killed me, yet, only because they lack ambition.


  26. - Cincinnatus - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 2:57 pm:

    Word,

    I remember a trip the family made in the early ’60’s - Route 66 all the way to California. Burma Shave signs peppered the landscape. Also came away with the impression that Death Valley ain’t fun in a car without A/C. At least the car was white…


  27. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 3:11 pm:

    I enjoy going the back roads through Kendall and LaSalle counties. There are still a few true red barns, and when you make that drive for the last 10 minutes of daylight/dusk on a clear day/night/dusk … it doesn’t get much better out there ejoying that moment.


  28. - LisleMike - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 3:27 pm:

    Covered Bridge Festival in Indiana (just across the state line at Danville) is worth the drive in the fall, also. Nothing more calming!


  29. - Downstate - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 3:36 pm:

    Here in our part of the state, billboards are used by a host of locally owned retail operations (dining, winery, and retail stores) to drive interstate customers to their operations. It’s amazing the effectiveness of the advertising.

    Those travelers can’t be reached with a newspaper, radio or TV advertising.


  30. - wordslinger - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 3:36 pm:

    I’ve wandered all over the Midwest backroad, and much of the country, too.

    My dance card has a spot for Richmond to Charleston to Savannah, west to Atlanta, north to Vicksburg and up the river to Cairo.

    See what Uncle Billy and the Blue Boys saw.


  31. - Me two - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 3:52 pm:

    So I traveled from Niagra Falls, NY to Detroit Michigan across te lower part of Ontario Canada. No billboards allowed.

    Traveled for 239 miles and never found a unique place to eat or sleep for the night, because they couldn’t advertise, and the “greenspace” didnt allow the places to build too close to the exits.

    It was like driving across Kansas, but not as glitzy.


  32. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Apr 11, 13 @ 3:55 pm:

    The farms, the barns, the roads, the downtowns… all are something people should see when exploring our state.

    Sometimes, exploring off the direct routes of the Interstates, you find gems you never would have thought existed. I have been rarely disappointed, and when I was, the story is usually even better.

    It’s like a good restaurant in a “neighborhood” in the City, but not as well known by others.

    Finding those unique places make the trip and destination even more worthwhile.


  33. - tubist - Friday, Apr 19, 13 @ 11:13 am:

    What a load of crap. “Senator, I know Rodney Davis, and you are no Rodney Davis.”:


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 *** The Democrats' budget time bomb is starting to explode
* State threatens to zap all Chicago GSA school funding
* Another optics problem
* This is why we can't have nice things
* Tiny, secluded county wants no part of ATV plan
* It's just a bill
* Feds drop drug conspiracy charges
* Governing ain't easy
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Google Now Gets Upgraded With Cards From Your Favorite Apps
        * Nokia Z Launcher beta update adds icon pack support
        * One Billion Android smartphones shipped globally in 2014
        * How Android could compete with the Microsoft Surface Hub
        * The Week in iOS Apps: Outlook lands on iOS, TurboTax reminds you about tax season, and more
        * Facebook edges into Foursquare territory with place tips on iOS
        * 'Vine Kids' for iOS Launches With Streamlined Interface and Focus on Kid-Friendly Content

        * iTunes Adds a Notification Center Widget, Here's How to Enable It
        * OpenStack’s Inflection Point: What to Look for in 2015
        * iTunes Connect bug signed developers into others' accounts at random
        * With new apps, Google Now may be your future home screen
        * BuzzFeed gets serious with editorial standards and ethics guide
        * This Week's Most Popular Posts: January 16th to 23rd
        * When to Use Positive or Negative Messages to Motivate Yourself

        * Inbox: How will new-look Sox lineup affect Abreu?
        * Keith Law likes the White Sox (more than PECOTA does, anyway)
        * Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?
        * White Sox embrace their position as favorites
        * White Sox embrace position as contenders
        * What else is returning with Gordon Beckham?
        * Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Cullerton: More information needed on high Raun.....
        * Daycare Providers Rally To Get State Funding Re.....
        * State Delaying Payments to Day Care Centers..
        * Standoff escalates over CPS' snub of federal te.....
        * Another optics problem..
        * Marijuana vending machines: Seattle's first dis.....
        * Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn did..
        * Governing ain’t easy..
        * Rauner Slams Quinn For Leaving Behind “Fundamen.....
        * Rauner defends paying staff more than predecessor..


        * Cullerton: More information needed on high Rauner salaries
        * Gov. Bruce Rauner defends paying staff more than predecessor
        * Pro wrestler cheats at Wing Bowl, hides food in fanny pack
        * Chicago suburb to honor Harold Ramis during Groundhog Days
        * Crundwell court filing says she wants to keep horse trophies
        * SIU student newspaper bids farewell to old printing press
        * AbbVie reports better-than-expected 4Q on Humira sales
        * Cellphone providers bringing 4G coverage to Chicago subways
        * Visitation for Ernie Banks to be held in Chicago
        * On Super Bowl Sunday, veggies are most popular food

        * Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn did
        * Top Rauner staff receiving higher pay than Quinn's
        * Springfield lawmakers want oversight commission to monitor 10th Street rail promises
        * Rauner staff receiving higher pay than Quinn's
        * New DNR director Rosenthal touts experience
        * Rauner wants bureaucratic cuts in education, elsewhere
        * New DNR director touts experience
        * Springfield unemployment falls to 5.6 percent in December
        * Springfield gaming terminal up 46 percent in 2014; revenue hits $1M
        * Springfield gaming terminals up 46 percent in 2014; revenue hits $1M

        * Ex-Sentinel CEO gets 14 years for investor fraud
        * Citibank shutters seven local branches
        * AbbVie falls on 'disappointing' hep C drug forecast
        * Hanging with Richard Branson at his new Chicago hotel
        * What people don't get about 'boring and bland' Scott Walker


          * Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita facing 'serious health issues'
          * Emanuel won't rule out property tax hike for police, fire pensions
          * State threatens to withhold funds from schools that skip Common Core test
          * Reward offered for missing U. of I. student from Chicago missing since Sunday
          * For Metra riders, fare increase depends on type of ticket, destination
          * Money manager sentenced to 14 years in prison for massive fraud
          * Young homeless get help from those who've walked in their shoes
          * Illinois No. 10 in identity theft -- so beware in tax season
          * Cop falsely accused in 'honeybee' murder case settles suit with Will County
          * Ban will cost Rita Jeptoo the Chicago Marathon title


          * Could Rauner's Spending Hold Derail New Train Routes?
          * Listen to State Week - January 30, 2015
          * Rauner Staff Receiving Higher Pay Than Quinn's
          * Rauner Defends Higher Staff Salaries
          * Unmasking Ernie Banks
          * Guzzardi Wants Parents To Be Able To Opt Kids Out Of Testing
          * National Weather Service Latest Snow Projections
          * Rauner Tells U Of I To Cut Bureaucracy
          * Group Says Railroad Threatens To Isolate East Side
          * Proposal Would Ban Conversion Therapy For Minors


          * Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn did
          * Our Opinion: Residency not the best gauge of loyalty
          * Cary Collins: Other options for fixing Illinois' pension problems
          * E.J. Dionne: For the Patriots, without apology
          * Esther Cepeda: Paid sick leave is a worthy prescription
          * George Will: Bud Selig's winning legacy
          * Quote of the Day: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
          * Top Rauner staff receiving higher pay than Quinn's
          * Springfield lawmakers want oversight commission to monitor 10th Street rail promises
          * New DNR director Rosenthal touts experience


          * Loda rejects liquor license that would have meant gaming license
          * School activities being added in Villa Grove
          * GC council recommends approach for backers of Harvest Fest
          * Snowy weekend on tap for East Central Illinois
          * Change of judges granted in retrial over fatal crash
          * Chat recap: 'Bailey wants to play quarterback'
          * Man charged with injuring 1-year-old daughter
          * Tom's mailbag Jan. 30, 2015
          * Bi-State headquarters moving
          * PHOTOS: Hope Academy administrators drink mystery smoothies for students


          * Whistleblower removed from VA press event before it starts
          * Police: 4-year-old Milwaukee boy accidentally shot uncle
          * Braves deal RHP David Hale to Rockies in 4-player trade
          * Wauconda trustee candidate calls vaccines dangerous
          * Indiana library faces major cuts under proposed budget

          * Letter: Bipartisanship from Roskam - North...
          * Hotel Industry Praises House Passage of 40...
          * House immigration rollback bill going nowh...
          * Rep. Jan Schakowsky Statement on Vote Agai...
          * Immigration bill passes with Rep. Schock a...
          * Danny Davis Defeats Robert Bumpers In Illi...
          * Durbin, Gutierrez Slam 'Hateful' Republica...
          * Rehab of Affordable Housing Building in Ol...
          * Rep. Aaron Schock's amendment seeks priori...
          * House votes to undo Obama immigration poli...

          * Flake joins group pushing to end travel re......
          * Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows...
          * The Republican Congress Meets Reality...
          * Immigration drama heats up with DHS funds ......
          * Bob's Blog: Romney out of the race...

          * Sen. Kirk pushes $300 million plan to help......
          * Obama Has Given Iranians “80 Percent of Wh......
          * Sen. Kirk blasts British PM for lobbying a......
          * Top Rauner staff more highly paid than Qui......
          * Sen. Kirk pushes $300-million plan to help......

          * December Unemployment Rate Ticks Down In All Illinois Metro Areas
          * December Unemployment Rate Ticks Down In All Illinois Metro Areas (UPDATED)
          * Rauner’s worker empowerment zones.
          * Tim Furman: Andrea Zopp and the zombie lie.
          * Activists Bring Fight To Save A Rogers Park 'Community House' To Citibank (VIDEO)
          * Deb Mell Takes Heat For Family Ties At 33rd Ward Candidate Forum
          * Study: Top 1% Of Earners In Illinois Captured 97% Of Post-Recession Income Gains
          * U Of C Nurses Vote To Authorize 1-Day Strike
          * Poll: Most Chicago Voters Support Parkland Use For Obama Library
          * New Ald. Beale mailer #Aldertrack


          * IDHS reminds eligible workers to take advantage of free tax help and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - More than 30 sites offer free tax services Statewide
          * IEMA, American Lung Association Launch Health House - Radon Excellence Program in Savoy - Two Champaign builders coordinating with Heyworth radon mitigator in program to reduce radon-related lung cancer risks in new homes
          * One Confirmed Case of Measles in Illinois
          * Governor announces latest round of agency appointments
          * Rauner announces “Turnaround Team” - Stellar team to help turn Illinois around




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller