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We already know that Schumer and the DSCC is kicking Liddy Dole's ass in candidate recruitment. Now, for the second straight quarter, Schumer has kicked her ass in fundraising.

From the DSCC press release:

Continuing its cash-on-hand advantage over its Republican counterpart, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has $19 million in its coffers at the end of the third quarter of 2005, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee carries only $9.4 million. The DSCC brought in about $8.8 million this quarter while the NRSC pulled in $7.3 million. The DSCC has enjoyed a nearly 2-to-1 cash on hand advantage over its Republican counterpart for the better part of this election cycle.

Meanwhile, the NRSC is spending precious dollars attacking fellow Republican Lafee in the Rhode Island Republican primary.  

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 09:46 AM PDT.

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  •  Dole's incompetence or skittishness among donors? (none)
    Or my favorite, a little (or lot) bit of both?
    •  VERY (none)
      Good question.

      Who do they expect to be giving, this time around?

      Country-club Republicans?  I don't think so.
      Evangelicals?  I don't think so either.

      It's amazing that, with all of the corruption and cronyism in Congress and the White House, they have totally failed to throw their constituencies a bone where it counts.


      "When you starve the beast, you starve the people. And the bathtub was a reference to New Orleans." -- bink

      by bink on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 09:49:06 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Don't forget that.. (none) isn't just a money problem:  prospective repub candidates are dealing with repubs like they are the plague.
        •  As well they should. Cops call it "Guilt by (none)
          association" You hang out with crooks and thieves, you must be a crook/thief". In this case an apt analogy.

          Nothing short of an aroused public can change things, nothing less than democracy is at stake- Bill Moyers

          by maggiemae on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 10:20:26 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  They're not looking at it that way. (none)
            It's not "I feel bad because I'm a Republican," it's "I'm going to lose if I run as a Republican in 2006, so I might as well wait."
            •  Why are they going to lose, if not due to guilt (none)
              by association? Every Republican running for office, as well as those who fund-raise and donate, understands that the harm being done by the current Republican party is so damning, critical issues so ignored and dismissed, control so abused, the poll numbers so bad, they don't want to pour mney down that no win sink-hole.

              That's what I meant in stating guilt by association. Not the current line-up scheduled for indictment. The whole party, and the Republican controlled government stinks at this point.    

              Nothing short of an aroused public can change things, nothing less than democracy is at stake- Bill Moyers

              by maggiemae on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 11:02:31 AM PDT

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          •  How is that an analogy? (none)
    •  People like to donate (none)
      to winning causes.

      I'm saying this compeltely straight-faced:  If I was a Republican, I would not write a check for Rick Santorum (uggh) simply because he seems like a lost cause and a money pit, 18 pts. down in the polls.

      While it would make sense to help him out with my donation, I'd rather donate to a candidate that excites me with prospects of winning, like Michael Steele in MD (uggh) or Mark kennedy in MN (uggh).

      Visit and follow every 2006 Senate race.

      by AnthonySF on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 09:51:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Both (none)
      Especially in terms of candidate recruitment.

      Look, if someone is a good potential candidate, they're probably somewhat politically savvy.  And if they're savvy, they recognize this isn't shaping up to be a good year to take on a Democrat in a slightly Dem-leaning seat (thus the pathetic Repub recruitment against Stabenow and Cantwell) or to lure someone away from what's probably a fairly safe Congressional or state seat for a very iffy chance against an incumbent (such as Capito not running against Byrd, Hoeven not running against Conrad).  

      Then, poor fundraising at the RSCC just exacerbates the candidate recruitment, and the candidate recruitment exacerbates the fundraising.  And really savvy people know they're going to have a major conflict on their hands, because they're going to be called on to help defend vulnerable Repubs, and do they blow their wad on Santorum and still see him lose, and in the process blow money that might be needed to protect Burns, Chaffee, Kyl, etc?  Do they just bag it in Florida if it's Harris against Nelson?  Do they spend a dime in Michigan or Washington?  Will they have the resources to really go after MN and MD?  

      They hold a lot more seats right now, but because we've gotten decent challengers against almost every potentially vulnerable Repub, and they've mounted serious challenges to almost no Dem-held seat, they're clearly on the defensive.

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 09:56:12 AM PDT

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    •  I think it's the latter (none)
      Most of the hardcore fundies were/are royally pissed at the "gang of 14", and the remaining Bush kool-aid drinkers that aren't happy with Miers, but won't bash her, blame the senate for making the environment too 'hostile' for a 'real' conservative to get confirmed.

      Check around threads pertaining to the senate on hardcore sites and you'll see loads upon loads of comments from the infamous fundie "small donors" that say they're done donating to the RSCC.

      I think you'll a lot of that cash end up going to specific senators (Brownback, Coburn, Santorum -- who despite his poll numbers, still seems to be getting the fundie $25 checks, etc).

      It would be almost fascinating to watch if these people weren't so dangerous... First it was a liberal congress... They "fixed" that in 1994.  Then it was the WH.  They "fixed" that in 2000.  Then it was the obstructionist senate.  They "fixed" that in 2002.  Now, it's the 'RINOs' in the senate.

      Sheesh... One wonders with growing apprehension who'll need to get "fixed" next.

      •  Agree (none)
        I think it's more the bad news Republicans have had over the past year that's really discouraging.  The President embarked on plan to phase-out Social Security, and now that plan looks toast.  The War in Iraq isn't exactly going well (yeah, that's just a bit of an understatement).  The administration was so listless in its response to Hurricane Katrina.  The President nominated a mediocre at best candidate to the Supreme Court.  The President's closest political advisor is being investigated for leaking, and could be indicted.  Two members of the Congressional leadership are being investigated, and one of them has already been indicted twice.  The list goes on and on, and it doesn't spell a promising election for Republicans even if they had recruited top-tier candidates.

        The quest for freedom, dignity, and the rights of man will never end. - Justice Brennan

        by jim bow on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 10:28:03 AM PDT

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      •  My dog? (none)

        Visit and follow every 2006 Senate race.

        by AnthonySF on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 10:33:12 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Kos, I know you don't like to get into the funding (none)
    ..stuff so much, but maybe we could have some sort of permanent links to DNC and the congressional campaign committees?
  •  "Brought in" (none)
    Equally important, what were the expenses other than candidate support, i.e., staff and fundraising.

    Liddy Dole's former organization has historically been known for fairly high overhead costs.

  •  Laffey for US Senate website, here: (none)

    I'm tempted to send him $50,

    1). So I can get his mailings, which should be fun, and,
    2). Just to help make Chafee sweat.

    New Orleans-- 72 hours later no communications, no drinking water, not enough police/troops. Bottomline, we're not prepared for another 9/11.

    by DeanFan84 on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 09:49:50 AM PDT

  •  Important Secondary Point... (none) that we don't need to have full financial parity to be competetive with Repubs, because after looking at lots of Repub campaign finance reports and knowing what Dems pay for materials, services, staff and consultants, we get a hell of a lot more for our money that Repub campaigns do.  

    So, while the DSCC budget is mostly spent on television--where the rates are the same for both parties--it's an even greater practical financial advantage than what you see on the surface.  That's important, because the incumbent members will outspend our challengers, and the DSCC will be needed to narrow that gap.

    The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

    by Dana Houle on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 09:50:01 AM PDT

  •  Easley (none)
    I can't wait until '08, when Easley defeats Dole for the N.C. Senate seat. She's a joke!
    •  Easley? (none)
      Has he mentioned running?  I don't care who runs against her as long as she loses.

      "I remember when the answer seemed so clear. We had never lived without or tasted fear." The Monkees

      by kisler1224 on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 10:03:00 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Dear Merciful Heavens! (none)
      I don't think Easley would stand a chance. Maybe our Attorney General (can't think of his name right now) or even John Edwards. I'm sure we can come up with someone who is more personable and a better campaigner than Easley.
      •  Roy Cooper (none)
        I don't think John Edwards has a chance.  I think too many people are still mad that he spent so much time campaigning for President and not enough time as senator.  I don't know much about Attorney General Roy Cooper (is that right?).  Easley isn't bad but you're right about his campaigning.  I'm not sure if he could beat Dole.

        "I remember when the answer seemed so clear. We had never lived without or tasted fear." The Monkees

        by kisler1224 on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 11:48:14 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Well he did win didn't he... (none)

        "please don't lie to me my Govt. does enough of that" -Aaron Hayes.

        by dieharddemocrat on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 09:22:53 PM PDT

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  •  Attn. Sen. Dole (none)
    Please consider a larger ad buy in Rhode Island in the coming months.  I feel if you blanket the media with at least 2 million dollars it will have a tremendous effect on the outcome of the race.  Thank you for making this investment.  It is better to spend it all right away than to sit on it.

    Blue is the most popular color

    by jalapeno on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 09:51:04 AM PDT

  •  Liddy Dole is a has-been (none)
    and that's just one more victory for us.

    And she doesn't even have the good graces of the Red Cross to support her name anymore--because a ton of people have lost faith in the Red Cross.

  •  They don't call Schumer.... (none)
    "Got A Buck Chuck" for nuthin...

    and speaking of 'Big Bucks"  wouldnt it be fun if Dkos got some of the more creative kossacks to design a few FITZMAS E-Cards suitible for sending to our favorite frogmarchers wishing them a Merry Fitzmas....U could charge a small nominal fee (donation) for each card sent and that money can be put to good use in the upcoming 06 elections...or to help support your 'yearlykos' event...

    we would be remiss if we didnt send holiday greetings...and what better way to send those greetings then by attaching them to a fundraiser.

    you could have ecards created that are suitible for 'covert leakers'  'flippers'  'press lackies' and 'the newly indicted'  

    just a thought  ;)

    "if all the world's a stage, who is sitting in the audience?"

    by KnotIookin on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 09:56:47 AM PDT

    •  Schumer... (none)
      ... is clearly the best possible person to have in that job. Nobody outworks him.
      •  Well, (none)
        Living in Park Slope, Sen. Schumer is only a 30-minute subway ride away from a huge fundraiser in Manhattan.  And Bill and Hillary are only an hour away from Grand Central Station by Metro North Railroad -- not that it's safe for them to ride the train.  That's big bucks real fast.

        On a tangent, on the other side of the continental U.S., Leader Pelosi, who I believe lives in Pacific Heights, is also only a bus or light rail ride away from a huge fundraiser in San Francisco's financial district.  That's why she is (or at least was) the best fundraiser in the House.  Also, in between the coasts are two other celebrity Democrats, Sen. Barack Obama and DCCC chair Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who both also are only a subway ride away from a huge fundraiser.

        The quest for freedom, dignity, and the rights of man will never end. - Justice Brennan

        by jim bow on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 10:40:19 AM PDT

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  •  bizarro world (none)
    Dems outraise GOops 2-1?????  What a world.

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    by pacified on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 09:57:39 AM PDT

    •  Nope, Not the Case (4.00)
      They slightly outraised the GOP, but they're spending a hell of a lot less in overhead, fundraising expenses, administration, paying off debt, ect.  The 2-1 advantage is in cash on hand, which in terms of influencing voters is the figure that matters.

      There are two ways to raise money: to raise it, and to not squander it.  Clearly the DSCC is doing a better job at both, especially the latter.

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 10:03:46 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Liddy Dole? (none)
    Having her in front of fund-raising efforts might have been a good idea originally, but I just don't think she can connect much with modern GOP donors. Not enough foaming at the mouth.

    The right has moved so far right, the old GOP stand-bys can't even appease them...or get their money.

    •  Not surprising (none)
      I think they've finally exceeded the tolerance of the more monied members of the GOP. If you are a business owner or CEO or someone of that ilk, and you see this party's leadership talking about how women shouldn't work (Santorum), that ID should be taught in schools (Bush) and craziness like that... you finally want to disassociate yourself from those crazies.
  •  katherine harris (none)
    libby is barely a notch above katherine harris of florida
  •  Let's all pat ourselves on the back (none)
    while we watch the Brown/Hackett debacle here in Ohio. Hooray Schumer - go team!

    "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." - Pynchon

    by HairOnFire on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 10:25:46 AM PDT

  •  OT- But does anyone have links to articles from (none)
    MSM (I'll take salon, atlantic monthly) outlet on media coverage in Iraq. I was arguing with my neo-con friend and he asked for news articles and something the socialist news isn't good enough. Can anyone help?
  •  Simple Solution for Dole-Convicts (none)
    She's trying to recruit honest, upstanding , competent people for  GOP Candidates. WRONG!!!. She should go to prisons and see who is getting paroled.   I was thinking she should reject pedophiles, but she really needs as big a pool as possible. Why limit her? She needs plenty of knee cap whackers too.

    Campaign slogans.

    "Vote for Joe'The Fk'Whacker or we'll break you're fking legs"

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    by Dburn on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 10:39:37 AM PDT

  •  Corporate giving cap? (none)
    Are there any limits to how much a corporation can give a campaign or party? Is it capped at $2000 like for individuals?

    I often read about "X Corporation" giving $240K to Bush's campaign, or whatnot, so what are their limitations? What's to prevent a corp, early next year, from giving $1 million to the NRSC? There are a lot of big, conservative corps out there? Couldn't they just plug the gap pretty quickly?

  •  Yes, but (none)
    fund raising for Senate races is the ONLY area Democrats lead. Republicans are outraising in House and local races by a 2 to 1 margin. (Or so said Rachel Madow this morning).

    How is it people continue to support the party of cronyism and corruption?

    •  You beat me to it . . . (none)
      From Hotline yesterday.  The NRCC raised $12.6 mil last quarter to end with $17.7 on hand, but the DCCC only raised $9 mil to end with $11.3 on hand.  I guess Schumer's doing a better job than Emanuel.  
    •  This is where... (none)
      the all the Rep. millionaires' money comes in.  More common people probably send money for the senate races because the candidates are more known than the House candidates.  I known I always end up sending more money to senate candidates than to the others.    
  •  Laffee? (none)


    Mitch Gore

    Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

    by Lestatdelc on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 11:36:29 AM PDT

  •  What's the difference... (none)
    between cash on hand and a candidate's war chest (I think that is what it is called)?  
  •  DCCC (none)
    How's DCCC vs. RCCC?
  •  Any Republican Primary polls (none)
    in RI.

    "please don't lie to me my Govt. does enough of that" -Aaron Hayes.

    by dieharddemocrat on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 09:27:05 PM PDT

  •  Well, in order to get these seats... (none)
    ...we have to want them.  We have to stop at nothing to win, the senate, the house and the Presidency.  

    When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious shit.

    by CO Democrat on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 10:56:43 PM PDT

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