Democratic Congressmen Ignore Pelosi Request for Cash

Monday, 23 Jul 2012 11:18 AM

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has had little success in getting rank-and-file congressmen to contribute to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The congressmen are assessed dues by the DCCC, which they pay out of their campaign funds, based on seniority and campaign assignments. But as of June 30, about one-third of the Democratic caucus – 64 congressmen – hadn’t given a lick, according to a party document obtained by Politico. That reluctance comes despite Pelosi's plea last month for donations.

Money matters a great deal as Democrats seek to regain control of the House and maintain control of the Senate. But in June, Republican congressmen gave almost $6.4 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee while their Democratic counterparts gave only $1.8 million to the DCCC.

“In a campaign environment where Republican outside groups have billionaire funders like [Las Vegas hotel/casino titan] Sheldon Adelson, who can write $5 million checks like it’s nothing, Democratic candidates need to be better funded than Republicans,” Ali Lapp, who runs Democrats’ House Majority PAC, told Politico.

“To the extent that Republican members are giving more to Republican candidates than Democratic members are giving to Democratic candidates, it’s a problem.” The DCCC generally gets most of its funding from members.

Democrats are concerned about getting blown away in the money race. Republican outside groups will provide the party with a significant cash edge over Democrats, even though the DCCC has outraised the NRCC by about $10 million this election cycle.

Adelson has donated $5 million each to the Congressional Leadership Fund and YG Action Fund, helping to lead the Republican charge. Democratic officials worry that Republicans could double their side’s spending on TV ads after Labor Day.

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