How Much Dem Senators Have Given to the DSCC

Bumped from the diaries -- Jonathan... Great research project, and more on this to come in the coming days.

This diary is in reaction to the diary about former Democrat Joe Lieberman giving more money to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) than most Democratic Senators. It's also a try to get another "use it or lose it" campaign going.

All numbers below the fold.

Listed below are all the members of the Democratic Caucus in the U.S. Senate with their current cash-on-hand numbers of their campaign accounts and their PACs. Listed below are the amounts given to the DSCC through their campaign accounts (not sure if there are any legal limits) and through their PACs (I think the legal limit here is $15,000 per quarter, not sure though). Also listed are contributions either through their campaign committees or their PACs to individual Democratic candidtes for the Senate in 2008.

I researched the numbers using the FEC homepage and the list of leadership PACs provided by Open Secrets.

Daniel Akaka (2012):

current CoH: $101k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $50,000
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $0

total given: $50,000


Max Baucus (2008)

current CoH: $5,457k
current PAC CoH: $309k

DSCC: $585,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $75,000

total given: $690,000


Evan Bayh (2010)

current CoH: $10,634k
current PAC CoH: $572k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $0
2008 Sen candidates: $12,000

total given: $12,000


Joe Biden (2008)

current CoH: 2,000k
current PAC CoH: $49k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $35,000

total given: $65,000


Jeff Bingaman (2012)

current CoH: $759k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $250,000
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $29,000

total given: $279,000


Barbara Boxer (2010)

current CoH: 3,547k
current PAC CoH: $427k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $79,500

total given: $109,500


Sherrod Brown (2012)

current CoH: $768k
current PAC CoH:64k

DSCC: $150,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $91,000

total given: $271,000


Robert Byrd (2012)

current CoH: $110k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $0

total given: $0


Maria Cantwell (2012)

current CoH: $81k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $10,000
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $1,000

total given: $11,000


Ben Cardin (2012)

current CoH: $195k
current PAC CoH: $32k

DSCC: $105,000
DSCC through PAC: $20,000
2008 Sen candidates: $6,600  

total given: $131,600


Thomas Carper (2012)

current CoH: $903k
current PAC CoH: $174k

DSCC: $350,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $92,000

total given: $472,000


Bob Casey (2012)

current CoH: $92k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $10,000

total given: $10,000


Hillary Clinton (2012)

current CoH: $278k
current PAC CoH: $5k

DSCC: $100,000
DSCC through PAC: $0
2008 Sen candidates: $0

total given: $100,000


Kent Conrad (2012)

current CoH: $2,067k
current PAC CoH: $77k

DSCC: $200,000
DSCC through PAC: $45,000
2008 Sen candidates: $92,500

total given: $337,500


Chris Dodd (2010)

current CoH: $123k
current PAC CoH: $115k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $0
2008 Sen candidates: $0

total given: $0


Byron Dorgan (2010)

current CoH: $1,430k
current PAC CoH: $89k

DSCC: $75,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $16,500

total given: $121,500


Dick Durbin (2008)

current CoH: $8,145k
current PAC CoH: $121k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $150,000
total given: $180,000


Russ Feingold (2010)

current CoH: $2,277k
current PAC CoH: $369K

DSCC: $45,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $46,500

total given: $121,500


Dianne Feinstein (2012)

current CoH: $2,697k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $500,000
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $0

total given: $500,000


Tom Harkin (2008)

current CoH: $4,109k
current PAC CoH: $21k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $20,000
2008 Sen candidates: $85,000

total given: 105,000


Daniel Inouye (2010)

current CoH: $1,206k
current PAC CoH: $21k

DSCC: $175,000
DSCC through PAC: $30k
2008 Sen candidates: $120,000 (plus $10k for Ted Stevens)

total given: $325,000


Tim Johnson (2008)

current CoH: $2,724k
current PAC CoH: $58k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $0
2008 Sen candidates: $11,500
total given: $11,500


Ted Kennedy (2012)

current CoH: $5,657k
current PAC CoH: $130k

DSCC: $250,000
DSCC through PAC: $15,000
2008 Senate candidates: $49,500

total given: $314,500


John Kerry (2008)

current CoH: $8,829k
current PAC CoH: $80k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Senate candidates: $27,000

total given: $67,000


Amy Klobuchar (2012)

current CoH: $504k
current PAC CoH: $73k

DSCC: $50,000
DSCC through PAC: $43,500
2008 Sen candidates: $48,300

total given: $141,800


Herb Kohl (2012)

current CoH: $15k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $0
total given: $0


Mary Landrieu (2008)

current CoH: $5,515k
current PAC CoH: $23k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $78,500
total given: $108,500


Frank Lautenberg (2008)

current CoH: $1,290k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $0

total given: $0


Patrick Leahy (2010)

current CoH: $1,121k
current PAC CoH: $180k

DSCC: $110,000
DSCC through PAC: $15,000
2008 Sen candidates: $100,000

total given: $225,000


Carl Levin (2008)

current CoH: 4,341k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $28,000

total given: $28,000


Blanche Lincoln (2010)

current CoH: $526k
current PAC CoH: $289k

DSCC: $100,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $68,000

total given: $198,000


Claire McCaskill (2012)

current CoH: $78k
current PAC CoH: $19k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $28,300

total given: $58,300


Robert Menendez (2012)

current CoH: $824k
current PAC CoH: $267k

DSCC: $110,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $72,500

total given: $212,500


Barbara Mikulski (2010)

current CoH: $658k
current PAC CoH: $51k

DSCC: $10,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $39,000

total given: $79,000


Patty Murray (2010)

current CoH: $2,047k
current PAC CoH: $108k

DSCC: $200,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $108,500

total given: $338,500


Bill Nelson (2012)

current CoH: $1,817k
current PAC CoH: $26k

DSCC: $150,000
DSCC through PAC: $20,000
2008 Sen candidates: $63,500

total given: $233,500


Ben Nelson (2012)

current CoH: $296k
current PAC CoH: $211k

DSCC: $90,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $25,000

total given: $145,000


Barack Obama (2010)

current CoH: $122k
current PAC CoH: $96k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $15,000
2008 Sen candidates: $68,000

total given: $83,000


Mark Pryor (2008)

current CoH: $3,606k
current PAC CoH: $90k

DSCC: $200,000
DSCC through PAC: $15,000
2008 Sen candidates: $52,400

total given: $267,400


Jack Reed (2008)

current CoH: $3,788k
current PAC CoH: $87k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $112,500

total given: $142,500


Harry Reid (2010)

current CoH: $2,511k
current PAC CoH: $685k

DSCC: $105,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $200,000

total given: $335,000


Jay Rockefeller (2008)

current CoH: $3,336k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $350,000
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $4,000

total given: $354,000


Ken Salazar (2010)

current CoH: $1,838k
current PAC CoH: $60k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $55,000

total given: $85,000


Chuck Schumer (2010)

current CoH: $10,309k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $0

total given: $0


Debbie Stabenow (2012)

current CoH: $347k
current PAC CoH: $71k

DSCC: $60,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $88,000

total given: $178,000


Jon Tester (2012)

current CoH: $62k
current PAC CoH: $31k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $35,000
2008 Sen candidates: $4,000
total given: $39,000


Jim Webb (2012)

current CoH: $171k
current PAC CoH: $67k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $20,000
2008 Sen candidates: $11,000
total given: $31,000


Sheldon Whitehouse (2012)

current CoH: $41k
current PAC CoH: $28k

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: $43,500
2008 Sen candidates: $90,000

total given: $133,500


Ron Wyden (2010)

current CoH: $1,266k
current PAC CoH: $186k

DSCC: $100,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $18,000

total given: $148,000

Independents caucsing with Democrats:

Bernie Sanders (2012)

current CoH: $55k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $0

total given: $0


Joe Lieberman (2012)

current CoH: 2,011k
current PAC CoH: $489k

DSCC: $100,000
DSCC through PAC: $30,000
2008 Sen candidates: $22,500

total given: $152,500

These numbers vary from the Lieberman diary cited above because any contributions after June 30 were not included in the totals.

Notes:

All amounts above are for the 2007/2008 cycle up until June 30, 2008. Any money contributed to the DSCC or individual candidates by these Senators since July 1 is not included in the totals! So, there may have been some changes in the past few weeks.

Also, please take each Senator individually. Some have very low Cash-on-Hand numbers, so they wouldn't be able to give much. Others have millions and are sitting on it. Others have competetive races this year. Some are Freshmen, some are recuperating from their presidential campaigns.

Anyway, there clearly are a couple of people who should be targeted by another "use it or lose it" campaign. What do you think?

Cross posted at Daily Kos, Open Left & Swing State Project

Tags: 2008, contributions, DSCC, Senate (all tags)

Comments

14 Comments

thanks for doing this research

I wanted to do something like this last weekend, but didn't have the time before publishing my appeal for a new Use it or lose it campaign.

I liked Ramo's proposal in the comment thread below my diary:

We ask for nothing from Lautenberg, Landrieu or Obama.

We ask for 3 percent of cash on hand from those who may face a tough race in 2010.

We ask for 7 percent of cash on hand from those who may face a tough race in 2012.

We ask for 10 percent from everyone whose seat is safe.

It's reasonable and would raise a significant amount. Three percent from Evan Bayh alone would pay for a significant ad buy in a small state.

by desmoinesdem 2008-08-10 10:02AM | 0 recs
Re: How Much Dem Senators Have Given to the DSCC

Candidate committees may contribute unlimited amounts to national party committees, which include the DSCC. Their PACs may contribute $15000/year if the PAC is multicandidate (meaning that it contributes to at least five candidates), or $28500/year if the PAC is not multicandidate. See here.

by bschak 2008-08-10 10:05AM | 0 recs
Evan Bayh

Wow that stands out...10 mil plus on hand and 12k donated. What a cheapskate!

by College Progressive 2008-08-10 10:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Evan Bayh

I agree, he needs to give a lot more, not just to DSCC but to the DNC.  We need to get the DNC onto more equal footing with the RNC, and the only way is to have these big war-chest Dems give more.

by gavoter 2008-08-10 10:20AM | 0 recs
Re: How Much Dem Senators Have Given to the DSCC

Thank you for your effort...
...and yes, another reason Bayh will NOT be
VP...

Can Chuck S's numbers be right?

"current CoH: $10,309k
current PAC CoH: none found

DSCC: $0
DSCC through PAC: n/a
2008 Sen candidates: $0

total given: $0"

by nogo postal 2008-08-10 10:18AM | 0 recs
Re: How Much Dem Senators Have Given to the DSCC

as of June 30th they are. I was surprised myself. I was also surprised that Schumer and several other prominent Senators don't have a leadership PAC.

by Sven at My Silver State 2008-08-10 10:36AM | 0 recs
Bayh is one very stingy senator

I remember in 2006 he had a huge COH reserve and yet he gave comparatively little to the DNC. He was actually shamed into giving more.

I hope Obama is looking at what kind of person Bayh is. Bayh is for Bayh only. He's one very selfish person and I pray Obama doesn't pick him as VP.

by richochet 2008-08-10 11:58AM | 0 recs
Re: How Much Dem Senators Have Given to the DSCC

Wow nice work. Why does Jeff Bingaman have so much money?

by bsavage 2008-08-10 12:29PM | 0 recs
Re: How Much Dem Senators Have Given to the DSCC

He raised $4 million and spent $3 million in 2006. And what a lovely litany of industries does he take PAC money from. (PACs made up 45% of his fundraising.)

by johnny longtorso 2008-08-10 02:21PM | 0 recs
Re: How Much Dem Senators Have Given to the DSCC

Well, there's one last data point we'd want, though it might not distort results much: amount of money raised for Senate candidates via fundraising events at which the incumbent appeared.

Yeah, this is a good target list.  Senator Bayh?

by Adam B 2008-08-10 01:40PM | 0 recs
Bayh

Can you use your Senate COH for a presidential ticket if you're selected as VP? Perhaps that's what Bayh's thinking?

by Jonmac 2008-08-10 02:20PM | 0 recs
Re: How Much Dem Senators Have Given to the DSCC

Dear Democratic Senator:

I know that you are concerned about having enough funds to not only assure your re-election, but to discourage the recruitment of a top tier candidate to run against you.  I also know that raising money is hard.  If you liked raising it, you are probably in the wrong business.

However, there is a greater current threat than your own re-election: the threat that you will spend the next two years picking your nose (if you will forgive me for being vulgar).  

Unless Democrats win 60 seats in the Senate to win cloture votes, Republicans will have the
ability to stop all legislation.  With 60 votes in the Senate, we can get the health care reform we need; we can get a sane energy policy; we can get some fiscal responsibility; we can do a great deal to undo the damage of the Republican's reign.

I don't need to recite the opportunities because you know what they are.  What we most need in the Senate right now is for all the Democrats to commit themselves to pouring their resources into getting the 60 vote majority.  Opportunities like this don't come every day, and you have very little time to make a difference.

Please, get off your wallet and lets get this job done.  The grass roots will get the work done--you get the money together.

Thank you.

by smoker1 2008-08-10 02:56PM | 0 recs
SCHUMER!

Is there any reason CHUCK SCHUMER, chair of the DSCC, has given $0 despite having $10M CoH?  There must be a reason, right?

by mauro7inf 2008-08-10 09:28PM | 0 recs
Re: How Much Dem Senators Have Given to the DSCC

Wow. Just when I thought DiFi was the most completely worthless Dem in the Senate, I finally discover that she is good for something. A half a million bucks!

by LakersFan 2008-08-10 09:30PM | 0 recs

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