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Steve Scalise

Scalise tallies $100M in online grassroots fundraising

News: House Majority Leader Steve Scalise has raised a total of $100 million in online grassroots contributions since 2017, according to his political team. Scalise invested early in digital fundraising. He has 489,916 unique donors and has collected 3,408,806 contributions online.

Also: Defend the Vote, a pro-democracy group, is endorsing Rebecca Cooke in the Wisconsin 3rd District Democratic primary

“Rebecca Cooke will put people first,” said DTV Executive Director Brian Lemek in a statement. “She’s running for Congress to give Wisconsin families a greater voice in our democracy to help create more opportunities for success for the people in her district.”

Cooke – who unsuccessfully ran for the nomination in 2022 – is one of a quartet of Democrats looking to take on controversial GOP Rep. Derrick Van Orden in the western Wisconsin district.

Van Orden launched a “curse-laden outburst that interrupted a White House briefing on the Israel terrorist attack” back in October, according to Politico. And we reported that Van Orden, a former Navy SEAL, screamed at a bunch of Senate pages in the Rotunda back in July. Finally, Van Orden yelled at a teenager working in a library in 2021.

This R+4 district is rated “lean Republican” by the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter.

– Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan

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