Saturday Evening Open Thread
by Jonathan Singer, Sat Apr 22, 2006 at 02:30:16 PM EDT
With just about all of the first quarter fundraising numbers in, the outlook for Democrats seems to be improving.
- Greg Giroux reports for CQPolitics.com that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had a particularly impressive March, bringing in as much cash as the National Republican Congresional Committee while spending significantly less than its GOP counterpart. As a result, the DCCC has nearly erased the the Republican committee's cash on hand advantage, which stood at $10 million as recently as August. Say what you will about chairman Rahm Emanuel's strategies or political positions, but when it comes to fundraising, he's doing a hell of a job.
- In somewhat related news, political forecaster Stu Rothenberg has upgraded his outlook for House Democrats. Writes Rothenberg, "We are increasing our estimate of likely Democratic gains from 5-8 seats to 7-10 seats (they need to net 15 seats for control), with a bias toward even greater Democratic gains."
- At least one endangered Republican Congressman is having a very difficult time bringing in campaign cash -- and an even tougher time keeping the relatively unimpressive amount of cash he does have in his bank account. Hotline on Call writes, "Rep. Bob Ney's (R-OH 18) bank account has dried up; he raised the second-least amount of money ($142K) among incumbents in our top 50 races." During the first quarter, Ney also spent more than $250,000.
- Katherine Harris is coming under some heat for accepting a dinner costing upwards of $3,000 from a contractor seeking a $10 million in earmarks from the federal government.