Former DCCC political director Brian Smoot will run the DSCC's independent expenditure program this cycle.

Smoot, who started a firm with other former DCCC staffers last year, will jump over to the Senate side and be in charge of a program tasked with strategically doling out tens of millions of dollars in top races around the country.

The programs, generally referred to as I.E. programs, spend money independently of the rest of the committee in order to comply with campaign finance limits on the committee's ability to coordinate with campaigns. Much of their spending goes straight into campaign ads.