Senate Majority PAC names Schumer ally as new leader

Senate Majority PAC names Schumer ally as new leader
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J.B. Poersch, a confidant of Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJuan Williams: The politics of impeachment Texas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request Dem rep: Trump disaster aid request is 'how you let America down again' MORE (D-N.Y.), has been tapped to lead Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC that fundraises to help Democrats win control of the Senate.
 
Poersch has been acting as a strategist for the group while managing the political division of public affairs giant SKDKnickerbocker in Washington.
 
Now, as the super PAC's president, Poersch faces an uphill battle against Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections. Many Senate Democrats in conservative-leaning states that Trump won — such as Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampDemocrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  Overnight Finance: House passes sweeping tax bill in huge victory for GOP | Senate confirms banking regulator | Mulvaney eyed for interim head of consumer agency Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog MORE in North Dakota and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyDemocrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  Indiana Dems: GOP has double standard on donations from alleged assaulters GOP campaign committees call on Democrats to return Franken donations MORE in Indiana — are up for reelection. 
 
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Poersch became close with Schumer while he served as the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) from 2005 to 2010, when the New York senator chaired the committee.
 
And he is familiar with tough races: In 2012, Poersch helped Donnelly in his upset Senate win, lending a hand with strategy and ad producing. Throughout his last six years at SKDK, he has created advertisements for the DSCC, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Governors Association and House Majority PAC.
 
“Senate Majority PAC has helped elect Democrats to the Senate for six years,” Poersch said Monday morning in the statement announcing his appointment. 
 
“This mission is more important than ever if Democrats are going to have necessary numbers to fight the Trump agenda,” he continued. “We need a comprehensive [independent expenditure] effort that includes television, digital and grassroots effort to combat the GOP’s ‘dark money’ cash advantage.”
 
Senate Majority PAC raised more than $91 million during the two-year 2016 campaign cycle, and spent upward of $75 million during that same period on independent expenditures — a term for money spent on directly advocating for or against a candidate.
 
The group aims to be a direct contrast to big-money machines on the Republican side, such as similar committees run by the billionaires Charles and David Koch.
 
Two top aides to former Senate Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidVirginia was a wave election, but without real change, the tide will turn again Top Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor MORE (Nev.), who retired in 2016, will continue as senior advisers of the group: Susan McCue and Rebecca Lambe, who founded the group with Poersch in 2012.