The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent a fundraising email in support of the Wisconsin recall on Thursday, in another sign that the national party is stepping up its involvement for the June 5 election.
"We’ve gotten a lot of questions about the upcoming Wisconsin election," Brynne Craig, the DCCC field director, wrote in the email. "Here’s the answer: our Wisconsin team is in."
"If Republicans are going to launch an assault on worker's rights and the middle class, we're going to stand up and fight them every step of the way from Wisconsin to Washington, D.C. We already have field organizers on the ground in key districts -- but we have to get going quickly," she added, asking for donations of $3 or more, with a goal of reaching 5,000 contributions.
The DCCC is devoted to electing Democratic congressional candidates, while the six recalls that will be taking place are for races at the state level (governor, lieutenant governor and state Senate). The donations will go to the DCCC, not directly to the campaigns of any of the recall candidates. But a spokesman told The Huffington Post that the group's congressional organizers are now focused on the recalls.
The DCCC's solicitation comes as other Democrats at the national level are increasing their involvement.
The Obama campaign recently jumped in, organizing phone banks and canvassing operations to get out the vote for the June 5 election.
On Tuesday, Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) called Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), the Democratic candidate trying to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), pledging to host a fundraiser and provide grassroots support.
"The DNC is going to use both its substantial network of volunteers and supporters, and our online resources to help build the ground game that will be necessary to win on election day," DNC spokeswoman Melanie Roussell told HuffPost Tuesday.
The Plum Line's Greg Sargent recently reported that Wisconsin Democrats felt like they weren't getting enough support at the national level and wanted the DNC to commit $500,000 to the recall effort.
Below, more on the history of the Walker recall: