Dean has raised more than any DNC Chair in history
by Parker, Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:07:39 PM EDT
A quick look at actual FEC reports shows that Dean has raised more money in an off year than any DNC Chair in history.
First Quarter of 2005 - $16.7 million
Q1/2004 - $28.7 million
Q1/2003 - $8.7 million
Q1/2002 - $11.8
And Dean is on pace to break the midyear fundraising of $23.7 in the first six months of 2001.
I guess the Moonie Times didn't get the memo...
Dean's 'red state' plan praised
"The Republicans have been beating our brains out for too many years because of their greater ability in grass-roots organizing and a willingness to put more resources into that," said Mr. Achelpohl, party chairman of one of eight red states that Mr. Dean has targeted for additional funding.
The first states Mr. Dean targeted were West Virginia, North Dakota, North Carolina and Missouri. He later added Nevada, Mississippi, Wyoming and Nebraska.
"Dean is committed to a restructuring of the Democratic Party. I don't want to disparage [former DNC Chairman] Terry McAuliffe, but last year the DNC raised $400 million, and Nebraska's share of that was $12,000," Mr. Achelpohl said.
Soon after his election Feb. 12 to run the party, Mr. Dean, the former Vermont governor and failed presidential candidate, asked all of the state parties to submit plans on how they would rebuild their organizations.
"We're very pleased with the DNC and Howard Dean's commitment to the grass roots in West Virginia with their financial efforts," said West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey. "They've committed $174,600 a year through the 2008 election."
The money, which varies from state to state, will be used to hire state party organizers, conduct field training and build voter lists. In a recent fundraising plea for an additional $250,000 to add more states to the list, Mr. Dean said the plan is "to beef up infrastructure and ... connect people with the local party."
Not to mention that there is no reason for corporation donor to even hedge their bets with Democrats since the GOP controls everything.
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