Campaign 2010

Jan 17, 2008

DCCC Unveils Open Seat & Special Election Candidates in Competitive Red to Blue Fundraising Program

DCCC Press

Jan 17, 2008

DCCC Unveils Open Seat & Special Election Candidates in Competitive Red to Blue Fundraising Program

Red to Blue is an Exclusive Program That Rewards Candidates for Meeting Fundraising Goals and Getting Their Message Across to the Voters They Hope to Represent

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee unveiled the first slate of Democratic congressional candidates running in open seats or in special elections that have qualified for the competitive DCCC Red to Blue fundraising program. These candidates earned a spot in the program by surpassing demanding fundraising goals and by skillfully showing voters that they stand for change and will represent new priorities when elected to Congress.

“These candidates for change have performed very well in the early stages of their campaigns and the Red to Blue Program will give them the financial and structural edge to be even more competitive this year,” said Chairman Chris Van Hollen, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Democratic candidates across the country are campaigning on a message of change. The candidates in our first round of the Red to Blue Program are strong examples of Democrats who represent a commitment to new priorities for the families in their districts.”

The Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, and strategic support. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns. This is the earliest the DCCC’s Red to Blue program has been implemented in an election cycle. The leadership of Red to Blue will be announced next week and a round of candidates challenging Republican incumbents will be announced next month.

Ten open seats and special election districts qualified for the first round of Red to Blue:

John Adler (NJ-03)

John Boccieri (OH-16)

Charlie Brown (CA-04)

Debbie Halvorson (IL-11)

Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15)

Linda Stender (NJ-07)

Gary Trauner (WY-AL)

Special Elections:

IN-07 Andre Carson

IL-14 Primary Winner - Feb. 5

LA-06 Primary Winner – March 8

Red to Blue was a proven success in the 2004 and 2006 cycles. In 2004, the Red to Blue program raised nearly $7.5 million for twenty seven campaigns across the country with an average of more than $250,000 per campaign. In 2006, the Red to Blue program raised nearly $22.6 million for 56 campaigns. Red to Blue was also responsible for solidifying the structure of dozens of campaigns and making a real difference for Democrats across America.


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