Dem-Allied Groups Target House Republicans

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has more cash-on-hand than its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and apparently, the DCCC is going to have significantly more outside support than the NRCC between now and election day, reports The Hill's Alexander Bolton.

As many as 24 Democratic-allied outside interest groups have launched attacks or waged other political activity in 82 congressional districts represented by House Republicans, according to data compiled the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

The breadth of this mobilization against House Republican candidates appears to surpass by far any similar effort being waged against Democratic House candidates or Senate candidates.

The data show how much Democrats are benefiting from the work of outside allies and how energized labor, environmental and liberal advocacy groups are about the prospect of taking back the House.

Among the Republican-held districts that these outside groups are focusing on are nine districts in both Ohio and Pennsylvania; eight in New York; four each in Florida  and New Jersey; and three apiece in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Washington. The districts include both seats the Democrats should pick up this year but also some seats not really yet on the national radar, like Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston in Georgia.

And while we should certainly welcome outside groups who are willing to invest the time and money to educate voters about the doubletalk emitted by GOP incumbents,  we cannot fall prey to two possible concerns. One is that as a result of these significant independent expenditures we become lax in districts around the country and fail to pound the pavement, actually meeting with voters and engaging in the types of activities required to motivate voters to go to the polls to support Democratic candidates. At the same time, we also cannot have so many different groups trying to get out the vote inn an uncoordinated manner that we waste precious time and resources -- and even worse end up harming the overall GOTV effort. (Chuck Todd raises this exact point in his National Journal column this week.)

Make no mistake: the fact that there are several more groups going out on behalf of the Democrats than the Republicans and that the DCCC has more money on hand than the NRCC both augur well for the Democrats. More people are buying into the possibility that the Dems can retake the House than in previous cycles, which actually can serve to help the Democrats retake the House (optimism breeds more donations and volunteering which breeds more optimism). Just the same, we cannot take these expenditures to mean that the Democrats will win the House and that a robust effort over the next hundred or so days is not needed.

Tags: Democrats, House 2006, Republicans (all tags)

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Re: Dem-Allied Groups Target House Republicans

In NJ7 they are driving a lot of people nuts with the robo-calling.  Yeah, guys, it's an inexpensive way to get the message out but it pisses people off!

When you are trying to get people to vote for your guy, six to 10 robo-calls a month is not a good way to go.

End the indiscriminate robo-calling unless you have something really good to say.

by nathan 2006-07-20 12:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Dem-Allied Groups Target House Republicans

There's a lot of academic research that shows that even when they are done right before an election, robocalls have no impact on turnout.

It's not just annoying, its a waste of money.

by dantheman 2006-07-20 02:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Dem-Allied Groups Target House Republicans

"We cannot take these expenditures to mean that the Democrats will win the House...

Ye of little faith.

Where is this optimism that breeds more optimism?

Repeat after me:  

We are going to take back the House and Senate, we are going to take back the House and Senate.

by NCJim 2006-07-20 12:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Dem-Allied Groups Target House Republicans

It is really starting to look that way.  Holy shit, I am starting to believe.  

by gobacktotexas 2006-07-20 12:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Dem-Allied Groups Target House Republicans

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has more cash-on-hand than its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee

So then, why is Rahm Emmanuel whining to Howard Dean for money from the DNC?

Repeat after me:  We are going to take back the House and Senate, we are going to take back the House and Senate.

Mantras may make people feel good, but they don't actually do anything.

by Sitkah 2006-07-20 12:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Dem-Allied Groups Target House Republicans

I was wondering the same thing. If they have the best fundraising ever, if they have the best amount of outside support ever, then what's wrong with some of the DNC money going toward long term rather than 2006 strategic goals?

by bruh21 2006-07-20 01:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Dem-Allied Groups Target House Republicans

There's no such thing as enough money in politics.

There's always one more ad you could have run, one more field organizer you could have hired, or more van your could have rented for GOTV.

by dantheman 2006-07-20 02:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Dem-Allied Groups Target House Republicans

are they targetting the competitive or potentially competitive senate races like in VA, RI, MO, MT and OH?

by bruh21 2006-07-20 01:09PM | 0 recs
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By all means keep your eyes on GA-1.  Jack Kingston for the first time has a REAL opponent.  Rev. Jim Nelson is running against Jack and even though we don't have any money at this time, waves are being made.  The best the Republicans can come up with down here is that "Jack is a good guy".  The Georgia answer to politics.  But Jim is a Vietnam vet and a Methodist minister.  Once you cut out the unpatriotic nonsense and Christian-hater argument, Jack doesn't have much "ammunition" against Jim.  Jim. on the other hand, just runs down the list of Republican legislation that Jack has voted for like a good Republican lackey, and the fun begins.  

Interestingly enough, in the primaries just held,  Jim picked up more votes than Kingston in Liberty county, which is the home of Ft. Stewart and lots of vets.  This race isn't going to be about money, but about all the vets and country, rural people that live in the same district with the Georgia "Gold Coast".  This race should get above the radar screen in September.

by moodyinsavannah 2006-07-20 02:37PM | 0 recs
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Why don't they (DCCC) get up off some of that money and invest in campaigns that have huge potential but are cash starved? Dr. David Gill in IL-15 is attractive, charismatic, and running in a district that is growing more and more purple. He has mobilized a huge, enthusiastic volunteer base. Two years ago, with only $100,000 dollars from small donors, and no experience, he managed 39% against Tim Johnson, the 'Pub incumbent. This year, he's already raised $123,000 in small donations, and the people are royally pee-d off at the Republicans.

I'd be more optimistic about our chances of a take-over if the National Dems had some vision.

by mombear 2006-07-20 03:45PM | 0 recs
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Here in IN-2 we are now on the radar of many of these outside groups.  I have received calls about the minimum wage and the Iraq war urging me to contact Congressman Chocola and pressure him on these issues.  True, these robo-calls do piss people off, and many times the local Democrats receive the flak, but as we are barred by federal law from contacting these groups (at least MoveOn) we can only hope that more people hear the message than are turned off by it.

by aguila del norte 2006-07-25 10:27AM | 0 recs

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