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GOPers Outraise 15 Incumbent Dems

More than a dozen GOP challengers outraised their Dem rivals in the first quarter, according to FEC reports filed last week, giving the party a few bright spots in what has otherwise been a bleak fundraising climate.

In some cases, the members outraised include the NRCC's top targets. Rep. Harry Teague (D-NM) raised $132K last quarter, while ex-Rep. Steve Pearce (R) pulled in $277K; Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH) raised $308K as her rival, state Sen. Steve Stivers (R), raised $367K.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 12:27pm

FTC To Consider COPPA Changes

The FTC will host a June 2 workshop that will examine whether the commission should make changes to a law imposing certain requirements on Web sites aimed at children. The FTC is currently collecting comments on possible changes to its 2000 rule implementing the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The law requires Web sites to obtain parental consent before collecting information from children under 13. The FTC is required to review the rule every five years. It declined to make changes when it first examined the rule in 2005, but the agency said it now believes changes may be

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 11:39am

Top GOP Officials Writing Off Crist

Top GOP officials in DC now believe it is a virtual certainty that FL Gov. Charlie Crist (R) will bolt the GOP and run instead as an independent, sources tell Hotline OnCall.

Over the weekend, Crist pulled TV advertisements that had been running in key markets, slamming ex-FL House Speaker Marco Rubio (R). Those ads, on which Crist spent close to $1.5M so far, were aimed at moving poll numbers that showed Crist losing badly.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 11:11am

Congress To Focus On Proposed Movie Exchanges

Two congressional panels this week will take action to address concerns over proposals to create movie futures exchanges, which several movie industry groups oppose. The Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday is set to mark up a financial regulatory reform measure introduced by Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., that includes a provision that would ban the creation of exchanges that would allow investors to buy and sell futures contracts linked to movie box office receipts.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 11:10am

McCollum, Sink In Tight Fight

FL AG Bill McCollum (R) and CFO Alex Sink (D) are in a neck-and-neck fight for the Sunshine State, a new Quinnipiac Univ. poll out this morning shows.

The survey, conducted April 8-13, tested 1,250 FL voters for a margin of error of +/- 2.8%. Sink was tested against McCollum and state Sen. Paula Dockery (R).

McCollum 40% 7% 83% 37%
Sink 36 73 5 28

Sink 37 69 9 29
Dockery 28 6 59 26

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 10:12am

Problematic Projects On IT Chopping Block

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra says the Obama administration officials have cut funding for the modernization of some information technology programs as a result of a government-wide accountability system launched earlier this year, reported. "We've made some tough decisions across the board," Kundra said during an interview with Nextgov.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 9:38am

Evangelicals For T-Paw?

Could MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) be the Mike Huckabee of 2012?

As Pawlenty travels the country laying the groundwork for a potential WH '12 bid, what may serve to be one of his greatest assets -- his religion -- has been largely overlooked by both the national media and the Pawlenty camp itself.

That appeal could prove to be key in IA, where social conservatives' influence in the GOV GOP primary is being viewed as a harbinger of the force they'll have in the 2012 GOP caucuses.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 9:25am

FCC Needs More Data On Comcast-NBC Merger

From this morning's Earlybird: • "The Federal Communications Commission on Friday extended the public comment period for the joint venture between Comcast Corp and NBC Universal because it has not received additional economic data requested from the companies supporting their deal," Reuters reports.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 8:45am

Aviation Bill Sparks Battle

From this morning's Earlybird: • "FedEx Corp. and the Teamsters union are battling over whether wide-ranging aviation legislation will contain provisions to make it easier for unions to organize airline employees and harder for carriers to cut costs by allying with rivals or outsourcing maintenance," the Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 8:45am

Monday's Starting Lineup

Good Monday morning. For anyone who's found themselves starving late at night in Adams Morgan, the Travel Channel featured a battle between the city's most famous jumbo slice purveyors this weekend. We recommend watching, if only for the candid interviews with tipplers out to satisfy a late-night hunger.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will matter in politics this week:

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 7:58am