Kerry Donates $1 Million to DSCC
by RandyMI, Tue Sep 30, 2008 at 03:07:16 PM EDT
Two years ago at around this time, I logged onto Daily Kos and harshly criticized John Kerry for what I thought was a lack of financial support for our efforts to win the U.S. Senate. He was sitting on a ton of money left over from the presdiential campaign (which is clearly should have spent then) and did not face anything approaching a serious race in the future. Eventually he gave, but I was steamed. This year is apparanely different as The Hill is reporting that Kerry just donated $1 million of his funds to the DSCC.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has made a $1 million contribution from his campaign to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), he told supporters in an e-mail Tuesday.
Kerry said the current financial crisis shows how important it is for Democrats to get to 60 seats.
"It's time to push even harder to completely change Washington," Kerry wrote in an e-mail. "So I have an announcement: I just gave a million dollars from my campaign to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to try to make this happen."
Kerry is up for reelection himself this year, but faces a lower-tier challenge from security consultant Jeff Beatty (R).
Thanks to the millions he had left over from his failed 2004 presidential campaign, Kerry had $7.5 million on hand as of late August. Beatty had just $50,000.
Kerry easily won a primary challenge this month with 69 percent of the vote, defeating first-time candidate Ed O'Reilly, who took 31 percent.
The contribution is a big one for a committee that raises several million dollars per month. The DSCC has gone up early with ads this cycle and saw its huge cash advantage decline to less than $10 million at the end of August.
I have to admit that Kerry has gained back a lot of my esteem over the past couple years when he stood up to the administration on a number of issues (and gave a hell of a speech for Obama in San Francisco before Super Tuesday). I want to personally thank the senator for his generousity and urge everyone here call on your safe Democratic senators to follow suit in the final push for 60 seats.