Cross-posted at Blog for Cambridge
Via kos, it looks like some Democratic Representatives are not doing their part to help the DCCC. The DCCC is the main campaign committee for Democrats in the US House, and campaign finance law allows Representatives can give unlimited amounts to the committee.
So how are MA Congressional Democrats doing?
|MEMBER||Cash on Hand as of 06/30||Dues||Dues Paid||Dues Owed||Raised for DCCC|
Not, on the whole, an impressive record, unfortunately. The delegation shines in raising money through fundraisers, but has stiffed the DCCC on dues, to the tune of $250,000 – and that includes Barney Frank’s sizable overage. Particularly galling is Stephen Lynch’s refusal to chip in very much of anything. Capuano, Markey, Neal, Meehan and to a lesser degree Tierney all need to pony up as well. None of them have any realistic challengers this year.
Looking past the “pay your dues already” horizon, it’s clear that Markey and Meehan can toss the DCCC a lot of cash, very quickly. I know everyone in our delegation is waiting for a chance to run for Senate, but even that is a long ways off. Markey and Meehan could single-handedly chip in $1 million each without breaking a sweat. That could be enough to net 3 or 4 House seats.
I think it’s time for the MA Democratic Party to start calling out these delinquent Congressmen. Ask them to prove their party loyalty by giving to the DCCC when the committee needs it most.