Use It Or Lose It: Barney Frank Comes Through
by Chris Bowers, Tue Oct 24, 2006 at 09:43:49 AM EDT
Barney Frank is donating more than 30% of his September 30th cash on hand this week. This is after he had already donated a lot more than that before September 30th. He could have stopped giving, but he didn't. He has released a statement on his website explaining why: Frank To Donate Over $250,000 In New Funds To The Democratic Party And Democratic Candidates (October 23, 2006)
In light of the ongoing discussions regarding the importance of financial support from unopposed incumbent Democrats for fellow Democratic candidates, I thought I would give a brief update of my own efforts in this area. While I have throughout the current election cycle placed a high priority on providing financial assistance to the party - including, for example, contributing to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) an amount in excess of my $300,000 "dues" - I am now able to substantially increase my level of donations, and this month I am adding over $250,000 to my previous total of more than $1.1 million raised or contributed.
It became clear following the September 19th Massachusetts primary election that I would have no opposition in the general election (the Republican candidate running against me failed to obtain a sufficient number of write-in votes in the primary, thus becoming ineligible to appear on the general election ballot). Because of this development, and because my fundraising has been successful, I am now in a position to do more. Last week, I contributed an additional $55,000, divided roughly evenly between the DCCC and 15 Democratic House candidates on the "Red to Blue" priority list. This week, I am contributing an additional $200,000 (the bulk going directly to the DCCC, and a significant amount to an additional group of Red to Blue candidates).
With the addition of these new funds, the combined amount I have raised for, or contributed to, the Democratic Party or individual candidates will exceed $1.4 million, including approximately $500,000 in direct contributions to the DCCC, over $620,000 raised for the DCCC, about $240,000 for Red to Blue candidates, and tens of thousands of dollars for other incumbents who need some help. These totals do not include the contributions from several recent fundraisers for Democratic challengers in which I was involved, or several others in which I am participating in the next two weeks, so the total will continue to rise. Well done, Congressman Frank! Barney Frank is doing what it takes to capitalize on our extraordinary political environment, help fully-fund all of our 50-60 competitive challenges to Republican held seats. His contribution to this effort will not be forgotten, and will not slip by without reward. He deserves our praise, and our support.
Continue calling other ultra-safe Democratic House incumbents in your state. We need to fully fund this new political reality where we have over fifty competitive challengers. Also, we want to be able to sing their praises too.
Update: Adam Schiff pledges $160K! Thank you Congressman Schiff. It isn't the entire amount we were looking for, but it is still good. Statement coming on Thursday. Keep making calls.