MyDD’s Chris Bowers’ idea “has hit the big time”, says Kos: Get miserly Democratic incumbents in safe seats to give 30% of their campaign war chests to the DCCC or DSCC:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 The balance in the campaign account of Representative Martin T. Meehan, Democrat of Massachusetts, is $4,886,325. It is a muscular sum for a member of the House, and ordinarily it would be hailed as an exhibit of fund-raising savvy.
But in a stream of telephone calls to his offices on Monday, otherwise admiring Democratic constituents had another word for Mr. Meehan: cheap.
With Democrats increasingly convinced that House control is within their grasp, party activists are publicly excoriating politicians in safe districts who have hefty campaign balances. Mr. Meehan, easily re-elected two years ago with 67 percent of the vote, is at the top of a new list being circulated by Democratic bloggers.
(Isn’t it kind of ironic that Mr. Campaign Finance Reform himself would have such a vast amount of cash? Just sayin’.)
And this from the Globe, featuring MoveOn’s related effort:
The group, Moveon.org, is trying to put the greatest pressure on Meehan. It said the Lowell representative should hand over $1.65 million of his $4.9 million in campaign funds directly to candidates and to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which helps fund House races.
…[US Rep. Edward] Markey, meanwhile, is number two on Moveon.org’s list of 70 Democrats with safe seats and extra cash. The organization said Markey should give $708,000 of his $2.4 million to the DCCC and directly to candidates.
You know, I understand the argument that these guys do a lot for fundraise for other candidates. But there’s just a hell of a lot at stake this year. I can’t imagine Meehan sitting on nearly $5 million up in Lowell and watching the GOP eke out another slim majority.
Come on, guys — now’s the time to do your patriotic duty and give up the dough.