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Sunday, March 29, 2009

How To Move Up In The Democrat Party

Buy your way.

Hey folks,

I just found this humorous. I was always under the impression that, like in any business, the way you get the job, move up in the company, and come to a place of position of power, is to know more than the other person. Be smarter, or more qualified. But not in the Democrat Party. How do you move up? How do you keep your position of power? Money.

According to CQ Politics - Democrats Keep Track of Who's Helping the Party
By Emily Cadei, CQ Staff Emily Cadei, Cq Staff – Thu Mar 26, 5:55 pm ET

It's never too early in election cycle to start fundraising -- or to shame your colleagues into contributing.

The campaign arm of Democrats serving in the House is privately circulating a tally showing members of that caucus where they stack up in fundraising for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

With a quarterly filing period coming to an end next week, the internal list provides an early look at which members of the majority are looking to flex fundraising muscle within the party -- and earn favor with the leadership while they're at it.

Yeah, forget right and wrong. Forget Morals. Just raise the cash. {Laughing}

The Democratic leadership in the House is, not surprisingly, leading the way in DCCC fundraising thus far this cycle. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has raised close to $5 million for the committee; raised or contributed another $650,000 to Democrats' most vulnerable House members; and paid $250,000 in "dues," as they call the minimum expected contribution at each level of the partisan ladder.

Pelosi needed to get a head start, however, given that she has set a DCCC fundraising goal for herself of $25 million. The next largest goal is set for DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, at $10 million, not counting dues or money raised or contributed to vulnerable members.

Next in total fundraising for the committee are Majority Whip James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, with $861,000, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland with $811,000 and Van Hollen, with $784,000.

Outside of the leadership, two up and coming Democrats with leadership aspirations have pitched in large bundles of cash. Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the recently appointed DCCC vice chairwoman for incumbent retention, has raised a total of $637,000 for the committee, including $450,000 for vulnerable Democrats, dubbed "Frontline" members.

New York Rep. Joseph Crowley, the DCCC's new vice chairman for fundraising, has chipped in $347,000, the internal document shows. Crowley also was recently named chairman of the centrist New Democrat Coalition.

Crowley's goal for committee fundraising this cycle is $6 million, while Wasserman Schultz's is $4 million.

Another young House Democrat looking to raise his profile in the party has also been noticeably active. Second-term Rep. Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut has raised $494,000 for vulnerable members, despite the fact that he may become one in 2010. Murphy got his first Republican challenger for his 5th District seat on Thursday.

Other veteran members have also taken somewhat unexpected steps to help their party early on. Massachusetts Rep. Edward J. Markey, chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, has already raised $200,000 of his $250,000 goal for the DCCC. And Virginia Rep. James P. Moran has exceeded his $250,000 goal with $414,000 raised.

Not everyone in the Democratic leadership is pulling their weight at this juncture. Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra of California and Steering Committee co-chairwoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut both have fundraising goals of $500,000, but Becerra has raised just a bit over $30,000 and DeLauro has raised nothing. Each has pitched in $26,000 to Frontline members thus far.

Becerra has, however, been actively contributing to the Democratic candidate in New York's 20th District special election, providing $4,000 for businessman Scott Murphy from his campaign committee and another $2,000 via his political action committee.

The Democrats' chief deputy whips have also been quiet on the fundraising front in the first quarter. DCCC records show that only Rep. Ed Pastor of Arizona has raised any money for the committee -- $14,000 -- so far, while Georgia Rep. John Lewis has paid $100,000 of $300,000 in dues and Tennessee Rep. John Tanner has given $51,000 to Frontline members.

But remember, THEY are for the poor and down trodden. As long as they can give them money that is. {Smile} Be right back.

CQ Politics - Democrats Keep Track of Who's Helping the Party

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