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This is something I've always been curious about.  Take a state like Michigan for example.  The state has 5 safe Democratic seats, and probably around 5 marginal Republican seats.  Why don't the Democratic incumbents help their colleagues more?  Surely this would benefit them; more money and organizational power means a chance of more Democrats in the House, which means powerful positions on committees and favorable legislation.  Why would John Conyers not dump thousands of dollars and volunteers into Tim Wahlberg's seat?

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  •  Excellent point for all races. (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, David54
  •  looking out for #1 (3+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, David54, nextstep

    keep the victory margin high to scare of potential challengers next cycle.

  •  They used to, not long ago (2+ / 0-)
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    David54, Simplify

    Today, Dem political funding decisions are controlled by corporate donors and their proxies at political consulting and lobbying firms. I've noticed the same new trend and must assume the corporate donors want to control how their money is used even when its sitting in someone's campaign War Chest.

    Also odd is the recent rash of experienced, progressive Dems announcing retirement. We're losing a lot of institutional memory and experience,  hut it makes it easier for corporate donors to control Congress.  We saw it happen in Ohio when the GOP forced term limits on all state offices.  Within a few years the GA was full of inexperienced Conservatives who took all orders from their corporate sponsors. They're like polibots. They dont even hold fundraisers, all of their campaign money is provided by the state party. All of their campaign tv and radio buys are handled by the state party or outside PACs.

    Like the GOP, the national Democratic Party has become completely privatized.  This is really the first campaign season where there is complete integration of private donor control to the level of Congressional districts.

    Its not a good thing. It will ruin Congress completely.  We have to retake control of our party before its too late.

    Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

    by Betty Pinson on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 12:32:32 PM PST

  •  too many Democrats would expose the game (2+ / 0-)
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    David54, Simplify

    as if it's not already obvious.

    Having a Democratic President, a Democratic House, even 60 Democratic Senators, can't be abided because then they'd have to do things.

    Dear NSA: I am only joking.

    by Shahryar on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 01:13:24 PM PST

  •  Evan Bayh still has over 13 million (0+ / 0-)

    in campaign contributions and that turd ain't running for nothing ever.

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