Ballot Box

Departed Gingrich staffer joins super-PAC

Longtime Newt Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler, who quit Gingrich's presidential campaign in June, has signed on with a new super-PAC backing his former boss.

Tyler will serve as a senior adviser to Winning Our Future and will be involved in all aspects of its operation, he confirmed Tuesday.

"Newt Gingrich is clearly the most qualified, most experienced and has the most compelling vision to win the nomination and to beat Barack Obama," Tyler told The Hill. "He's been steadfastly disciplined."


Rep. Camp endorses Romney

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, has endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

Camp is the latest establishment Republican to throw his support behind Romney, who is far and away the leader in lawmaker endorsements. He also hails from Michigan, a swing state where Romney's father served as governor.

"No candidate in this race will be more committed to getting Michigan on a path to recovery than Mitt Romney, who was born and raised here," Camp said in a statement. "Whether it was during his time in the real economy, saving the Winter Olympics or pulling Massachusetts out of a massive budget deficit, Mitt Romney has proven time and again that he can turn around troubled enterprises. He is the conservative candidate who will reverse President Obama’s failed policies and rebuild the middle class. I am proud to stand with him."

Camp is the 58th Washington lawmaker to endorse Romney, according to The Hill's endorsement tracker. Rick Perry has 13 senators and House members backing him, while Newt Gingrich has eight in his corner.


House Dems top GOP in November fundraising

Democrats in the House outraised Republicans by about $1 million in November, but Republicans have cleared out the last of their debt and have more in the bank as the election year approaches.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $4.1 million in November to the National Republican Congressional Committee's $3.1 million, according to reports from both committees.

The DCCC is also leading its GOP counterpart in funds raised for the year by more than $4 million — an impressive feat for the party out of power.

Both parties raised less in November than they did the month before. In October, the NRCC came out on top in the money race, raising $4.6 million to the DCCC's $4.2 million.

The NRCC is now debt-free, having paid off the final $500,000 it still owed in October. Democrats over the past month paid off half of the $1.3 million they owed, and the DCCC is asserting it too will be debt-free by the end of 2011.


In op-ed, Romney looks past primary to Obama

Mitt Romney's op-ed in USA Today looks past his primary foes and lays out his principles for governance, attacking President Obama for expanding government's role and "replacing our merit-based society with an entitlement society."

Romney has consistently kept at least one eye on the general election, and this piece is no different. But the op-ed's timing shows he is comfortable enough looking past his primary rivals — and concerned enough about building on his general-election argument — to begin a pivot toward Obama.

The op-ed frames America's choice as one between an "entitlement society" where "government provides every citizen the same or similar rewards, regardless of education, effort and willingness to innovate, pioneer or take risk," and an "opportunity society" where "free people living under a limited government choose whether or not to pursue education, engage in hard work and pursue the passion of their ideas and dreams."

The piece talks in broad strokes abour reining in government spending, without detailing which programs to cut, and argues limiting the government will unleash private-sector innovations that will grow the economy. Read it in full here.