One prominent PAC goes by the axiom (and acronym) that Early Money Is Like Yeast — it makes dough rise. That’s why today is an important day to give money to Congressional candidates in NH, VT, RI, and NY: August 23 is the contributions reporting deadline to the FEC for candidates in those states. A good fundraising report attracts more bucks and adds to the viability of that candidacy.
Blue Mass. Group’s ActBlue* page features candidates from these four states:
- NH: Paul Hodes, who is taking on Republican incumbent Charlie Bass in eastern New Hampshire. Polling is all over the map on this one, so a good fundraising showing may well change the complexion of this race.
- Kirsten Gillibrand, running in upstate New York’s 20th district, next to western MA. She’s running against a classic DeLay toady John Sweeney, who has gone extremely negative recently.
- Sheldon Whitehouse is Rhode Island’s former Attorney General. He’s running against Lincoln Chafee, the moderate incumbent who’s been tugged to the right by a misplaced sense of party loyalty.
- Bernie Sanders is a true progressive (though technically not a Democrat) running for Senator from Vermont. (Here’s his campaign blog.) He’s known for his town meetings featuring real give-and-take with his constituents. Running against right-wing pigeon Rich Tarrant.
- UPDATE: Peter Welch is running for Bernie’s old at-large House seat in Vermont. He’s facing a surprisingly tough challenge in a state that really ought to go blue.
If you were thinking of pitching in for these candidates at some point, today would be a great day.
(And unlike PBS, we’re not going to hold your normal BMG content hostage in order to beat you into giving: “Give now — OR IT’S “THE TEN TENORS” AGAIN!!!”)
UPDATE: By the way, Lieberman and Lamont are now statistically tied in the general election in CT. How ’bout that blogosphere? You think this stuff makes a difference?
*For those of you who don’t know, ActBlue is a terrific organization which collects campaign contributions on behalf of Democratic candidates all over the country — and allows users to make their own pages with preferred candidates.