The Hill, Mike Lillis: “Democrats have raised $163 million to the GOP’s $125 million. That’s an enormous discrepancy, especially considering that Republicans control 34 more House seats than Democrats … The DCCC let it be known that only 77 of 199 House Democrats — 39 percent — are on target to meet their expected level of giving for the election cycle by the end of the month.”
If you raised $168 million over two years and had to defend less than 15 congressional seats how would you spend it? Would you keep giving millions to TV executives with no obvious results? If you were the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) you would.
It’s funny that the DCCC wants more and more and more money and wonders why they can’t get it from members (who’ve already given $27 million…) of the Democratic Caucus when it doesn’t appear to work. It’s a money arms race. No mater how much is spent or how much is raised or what the results are: DCCC is always back for more. We’ll know on election day if it worked.
Nevermind that Gwen Graham has already spent $8 million. One has to wonder: How many more votes would another million get her? The seat she is running in is a Republican seat President Obama lost and Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain won in.
Yesterday, DCCC Chair Steve Israel (D-NY) asked members to support Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01), Nick Rahall (WV-03), John Barrow (GA-12), Ami Bera (CA-07), Gwen Graham (FL-02), Patrick Henry Hays (AR-02), and former Republican turned Democrat Brad Ashford (NE-02). Obviously, the DCCC is not simply doing incumbent protection, as was recently relayed, if Graham, Ashford, Hays and Murphy are on the list.
While Republicans run and fund actual Republicans for office, Democrats run Republicans in disguise and then wonder why the base doesn’t show up. In fairness, DCCC did gain 8 seats last cycle. Will the massive TV spending work again? Will ignoring Black candidates — even in states with big Black populations work? DCCC has yet to give a dime to one Black candidate this cycle. Rep. Steve Horsford may be the lone African American they assist — a week before election day. Waiting to see the filing…
Nevermind that Sharon Sund (MN-5) is running in a blue seat won by the President in Minnesota. Nevermind that Jamie Mayo (D-LA) is polling ahead of Rep. Vance McAllister. Nevermind that Georgia is likely to have a record African American turnout percentage for a midterm and that there are two Black candidates running in open congressional seats with large Black populations — Brian Reese (GA-1) and Ken Dious (GA-10). Has DCCC given them a dime? The answer would be no. Currently, the Democratic Party would appear to be more interested in Black voters than Black issues and Black candidates.
Two years ago DCCC put the candidate running against the ethically challenged Republican Vern Buchanan (FL-16) on the “red to blue” list. Now, with former NFL Player Henry Lawrence running, not a dime spent. So that’s $238,000 for a media buy (one of very many) against Graham’s opponent and zero for any Black candidate this cycle. But then, the DCCC is nothing if not consistent. That’s always been the history. If anyone can find more than 2 Black candidates of over 90 DCCC has put on the “red to blue” list since 2010 — do tell (Val Demings and who else….?).
Fortunately there are actual Democrats the DCCC wants members to support (see below). But any member would be crazy to give money to a DCCC that can’t explain record fundraising and how $168 million to defend 15-20 seats wasn’t enough. No one should have been shocked at outside spending. No one. With the exception of Rep. Steve Horsford, anyone could have guessed six months ago that the people on the following list might have a race on their hands ( and saying Horsford has on is a stretch).
Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Bill Enyart (IL-12)
Steven Horsford (NV-04)
Pat Murphy (IA-01)
Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
Rick Nolan (MN-08)
Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)