DSCC targeting Coleman, Sununu

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference MORE (N.Y.), the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, seeking to crank up DSCC totals for third-quarter fundraising — the door closes Sept. 30 — is hammering at two vulnerable Republicans in one of his latest direct e-mail appeals.

Senate hopeful Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenWinners and losers from first fundraising quarter Election analyst says Gillibrand doesn't have 'horsepower to go the full distance' Gillibrand campaign links low fundraising to Al Franken backlash: memo MORE — the author and comic — is the biggest national name in a Minnesota Democratic primary where the winner will take on Sen. Norm Coleman (R). And Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) will face a formidable challenge from former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenNew Hampshire senator to ask 2020 Dems to back repeal of state residency law Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 William Barr is right to investigate FBI actions during 2016 campaign MORE, who just stepped down from her post as chief of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government to make her second Senate run.

Schumer’s pitch shows how the Democrats are using the 2008 contests to try to flip votes on Iraq war-funding measures — and to raise money.

“Republican Senators Norm Coleman and John Sununu — both up for re-election in 2008 — voted for the 6th time this year against a troop withdrawal in Iraq. Democrats only have a one-seat majority, and Coleman, Sununu and their ilk are blocking the change that all of you voted for in 2006,” Schumer wrote.

Few predicted in 2006 that the Senate would land in Democratic hands, and Schumer reminds potential donors: “Had only several thousand votes swung the other way in 2006, the Senate would still be in Republican hands. That means in 2008 we have to micro-target in more states, bolster our grassroots organizing, and use new technologies to deliver our message. Let’s not wait till the GOP spin machine is at full-force.”

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDurbin calls Mueller report findings on Trump team 'troubling' Congress opens door to fraught immigration talks McConnell: 'Past time' for immigration-border security deal MORE (D-Ill.) has an interesting approach in his end-of-quarter pitch aimed at lower-dollar donors: He’s actually too busy in the Senate to run around the country for fundraisers, so please, just send him some money so he can get some work done.

“Already, several Republican candidates are amassing war-chests and lining up to challenge me next November,” Durbin writes. “But because I’m going to dedicate every waking moment in Washington, D.C. this week to working for an end to the war in Iraq and providing healthcare to our kids, I’m asking you to step up and help me close this quarter strong.”

House moved on

House Republican Whip Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Graham says he's 'not interested' in Mueller testifying MORE (Mo.) seems to think there is still some juice to be squeezed from the ad the liberal anti-war group MoveOn.org ran in The New York Times condemning Gen. David Petraeus. Senate Republicans got a floor vote on a measure blasting the ad. “Each day that goes by without the House taking up either the Senate’s resolution or the one introduced by [House Minority] Leader [John] BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Dem says marijuana banking bill will get House vote this spring Trump appears alongside Ocasio-Cortez on Time 100 list MORE [R-Ohio] two weeks ago is a day that this chamber sends another terrible message to our troops in the field,” Blunt said in a statement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), not born yesterday, has no interest in recycling old news.

I’ve noticed that Republicans like to use MoveOn.org in fundraising appeals — in the same way Democrats have been running scary pictures of Karl Rove and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Sweet is the Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times. E-mail: lsweet3022@aol.com