2012 Fight For Control of Congress Already Underway

With the 2010 midterm election barely in the rearview mirror, the fights for control of the Senate and House have already heated up again with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee targeting 19 Republicans in swing districts with an aggressive ad campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee trying to raise another $20,000 by Monday's Federal Election Commission monthly deadline.

In a DSCC letter seeking donations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid points out his own brush with being voted out of office during the midterm election and implores potential donors to keep the Senate in Democrats' hands in 2012. "I wouldn't be Majority Leader today if people like you hadn't stepped up to the plate early and generously."

The letter goes on to stress the importance of a Democratically controlled Senate for the President's agenda to go forward.

"Only a Democratic Senate will keep us on the right path - and only you can protect our majority. That's why I'm asking you to join me in supporting the DSCC, the only organization solely focused on keeping the Senate in Democratic hands in 2012," the letter said.

Over in the House, Democrats are targeting 19 Republicans, most of whom won tight midterm races, including some in districts the president won in 2008.

The DCCC plans to run radio ads, web ads, make robo-calls, and send e-mails as it begins campaigning against the group as a part of its "Drive to 25" campaign. Democrats would need to win back 25 seats in 2012 to regain control of the House of Representatives.

Most of the radio ads attack Republican positions on education and research funding, while a couple of others question the ethics of Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.

Rivera is being investigated for alleged financial irregularities relating to loans he received prior to his election, and the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed an ethics complaint against Fitzpatrick after he and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, missed their swearing-in ceremony on the House floor while attending a function in the Capitol Visitor Center.

Just last week the National Republican Congressional Committee called out nearly 40 moderate Democrats for refusing to go along with a plan to return to 2008 spending levels in an effort to cut spending and the national debt.

The DCCC "Drive to 25" campaign focuses on the following House Republicans:

Lou Barletta (PA-11)

Charlie Bass (NH-02)

Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25)

Steve Chabot (OH-01)

Chip Cravaack (MN-08)

Robert Dold (IL-10)

Sean Duffy (WI-07)

Blake Farenhold (TX-27)

Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08)

Nan Hayworth (NY-19)

Joe Heck (NV-03)Robert Hurt (VA-05)

Thad McCotter (MI-11)

Patrick Meehan (PA-07)

Dave Reichert (WA-08)

David Rivera (FL-25)Jon Runyan (NJ-03)

Joe Walsh (IL-08)

Allen West (FL-22)