ROLL CALL: Senate Democrats Rally to Save Seats
Montana's senior Senator Max Baucus has long been a great friend of Democrats and this year he's stepping up his efforts to help re-elect Jon Tester. In case you missed it, here's the story in Roll Call:
The Finance chairman has raised more than $500,000 for Tester in an aggressive fundraising effort that is ongoing. A Baucus aide also confirms that Montana’s senior Senator has taken a special interest in helping Finance Committee Democrats who are up for re-election, including Cantwell, Stabenow and Sens. Benjamin Cardin (Md.), Tom Carper (Del.), Bob Menendez (N.J.) and Bill Nelson (Fla.).
Baucus’ assistance has involved dispatching his considerable network of former staffers to organize fundraising events and raise money for Democratic Finance Committee members. Baucus also continues to headline fundraisers in Washington and nationally on their behalf. “His colleagues on the committee are very important to him, and he plans to use all of his resources” to help, the Baucus aide said.
Democrats are defending 23 Senate seats in November — many of them competitive and in Republican-leaning states. Republicans are defending only 10 seats this cycle. The large number of Democratic seats on the ballot has somewhat diminished the Conference’s fundraising firepower because many Members are either running for re-election and focused on their own races, or are retiring and not actively raising money.