Massa's Money: He needs more

I hear through the grapevine that Netroots favorite son Eric Massa is polling well these days.  People like him, think he is electable, and respond to his message.  When you look at the numbers, though, Massa is in trouble and he is going to need our help.

To date, Massa has raised more than $86,000 through Act Blue--fully a third of his money.  His campaign is being made possible by the netroots, which have adopted him because of his record and his blog-engagement strategy.  

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Saturday Evening Open Thread

With just about all of the first quarter fundraising numbers in, the outlook for Democrats seems to be improving.

  • Greg Giroux reports for 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.
What's on your mind this evening?

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A question if you have handled fundraising...

I have a technical question for anybody who has actually handled the nuts and bolts of online fundraising for a campaign.  I'm talking about actually setting up the credit card payments and such and not merely designing the web page.  If you have overseen all the campaign expenses, it would be even better.

I would rather ask this question via email, so if you have actually done this and are willing to field my question then please contact me at

Thanks in advance

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Heath Shuler Crushing Charles Taylor in Fundraising

Bumped from the diaries and slightly reformatted -- Jonathan... The Cook Political Report (.pdf) rates this race "Leans Republican", but with numbers like these and the positive name recognition of a football star, this race is looking better and better for the Dems.

{first published at Scrutiny Hooligans}

Heath Shuler is dominating the fundraising in his race against the tainted Taylor.  I heard the news last night, and Real Values (via the hub of citizen journalism on North Carolina politics, BlueNC) has the numbers up today.  No link, sorry.  I'm posting this in a hurry, and you can go see the FEC documents for yourself.

Here's the numbers:

For the first filing quarter of 2006
Taylor $175,635
Shuler $338,682

Total Cash on Hand
Taylor $99,510 (!)
Shuler $552,304

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Senate Fundraising Numbers by the Barrelful

Just posted this on Kos, but thought I'd spread the news. Here are some fundraising figures for the top Senate races this fall. Numbers are due to the FEC imminently, but a few notable names -- Conrad Burns, George Allen, Rick Santorum -- have yet to release them publicly.

Things I found a little surprising:
  • After Hillary, Bill Nelson is our most prolific fundraiser?
  • The difference between Mike DeWine and Sherrod Brown is nearly exactly what the Bush fundraiser brought in
  • Jon Tester is doing a bit better than last quarter, though he still trails John Morrison by a decent amount
  • Steve Laffey again out-raised Lincoln Chafee
PS: Numbers before the "/" are funds raised in the first quarter of 2006, the number after is cash-on-hand; if nothing's there, it hasn't been reported yet.

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