Campaign 2010

Jul 13, 2006

DCCC Unveils Second Wave of Red to Blue Candidates

DCCC Press

Jul 13, 2006

DCCC Unveils Second Wave of Red to Blue Candidates

Red to Blue is an Exclusive Program That Rewards Candidates for Meeting Fundraising Goals and Getting Their Message Across to the Families in Their Districts

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee unveiled the second wave of Democratic congressional candidates that have qualified for the competitive DCCC Red to Blue fundraising program. These candidates join their Red to Blue colleagues around the country by surpassing demanding fundraising goals and by skillfully showing the families in their districts that they will fight for them when elected to Congress. These candidates all represent the new direction that American voters are searching for and have all pledged to put the priorities of middle class families first when they get to Washington. The Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications and strategic support.

“These candidates are proven leaders, and the Red to Blue program will give them the necessary strategic and financial advantages they will need to win in November,” said Congressman Rahm Emanuel, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Americans are looking for new priorities and a new direction this November and these Democratic candidates have proven that they will put middle-class families first.”

Red to Blue was a proven success in 2004 and has already been a success in 2006. So far, Red to Blue has raised nearly $3.8 million for Democratic candidates across the country. 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. Red to Blue was also responsible for solidifying the structure of dozens of campaigns and making a real difference for Democrats across America.

About Red to Blue

The Red to Blue program is designed to provide financial and structural aid to the strongest Democratic candidates across the country. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive campaigns in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns. This is the first time the DCCC’s Red to Blue program has been implemented this early in an election year.

The Red to Blue Program is co-chaired by two Democratic Members of Congress who will help the Red to Blue candidates in their campaigns. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) will provide assistance on many aspects of campaigning.

Another feature of the Red to Blue Program is the Mentoring Program which pairs candidates with Members of Congress to aid them in their campaigns and help them meet deadlines along the way. Through the Mentoring Program, headed by Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), candidates will receive help with fundraising and earning additional media coverage. Mentors will act as a liaison between campaigns and the DCCC and will also campaign in candidates’ districts.

The second wave of Red to Blue candidates will benefit 13 Democratic challengers for the third quarter. Twenty-one campaigns across the country qualified to be a part of the first wave.

Red to Blue Candidates
Mike Arcuri (NY-24)
Bruce Braley (IA-01)
Chris Carney (PA-10)
Joe Donnelly (IN-02)
Christine Jennings (FL-13)
Phil Kellam (VA-02)
Patrick Murphy (PA-08)
Joe Sestak (PA-07)
Zack Space (OH-18)
Linda Stender (NJ-07)
Mike Weaver (KY-02)
Patty Wetterling (MN-06)
Charlie Wilson (OH-06)

Red to Blue First Wave
Darcy Burner (WA-08)
Phyllis Busansky (FL-09)
Joe Courtney (CT-02)
John Cranley (OH-01)
Jill Derby (NV-02)
Tammy Duckworth (IL-06)
Brad Ellsworth (IN-08)
Diane Farrell (CT-04)
Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20)
Tessa Hafen (NV-03)
Baron Hill (IN-09)
Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15)
Ron Klein (FL-22)
Nick Lampson (TX-22)
Ken Lucas (KY-04)
Patsy Madrid (NM-01)
Harry Mitchell (AZ-05)
Chris Murphy (CT-05)
Lois Murphy (PA-06)
Heath Shuler (NC-11)
Peter Welch (VT-AL)