The big donors from 2004 haven’t stepped up; the DNC is hardly a player; activist on-line groups are doing impressive things but operating in fewer states and districts. The two party committees have raised historic amounts of money and now have to make choices about how much debt and how broad a playing field.What Greenburg is alluding to is fundraising that should be coming from candidates in non competitive races to the aid of candidates in hotly competitive races. Although Democrats in Connecticut would be loathe to admit it, the Lamont challenge to Lieberman drained a steady source of cash that would have naturally flowed into the congressional races. It's the zero sum game that liberal activists like to deride, but in looking at the money in congressional races nationally you can see the CT Democratic challengers lagging. Lamont has had to funnel his own cash into his campaign, so its not likely that he's been sending money to his fellow Democratic candidates, let alone the CT Democratic Party or DNC. The DNC has taken out a $10 million dollar loan to help out the DSCC
The key is for all involved to look at this as an historic election and make choices now that reflect the moment. (Source: tpmcafe.com)
The money is not designated for specific Senate races, however, sources tell us that two races in particular were used as leverage in negotiations between the DSCC and the DNC. Those two races: New Jersey and Virginia. Apparently the extra DNC money will help soften the financial blow the DSCC was taking by incurring the extra cost of saving Sen. Bob Menendez from the challenge of Republican Tom Kean Jr. as well also trying to target Virginia. New Jersey and Virginia sport three of the most expensive media markets in the country (NYC, Philly and DC). In addition, TN was also a factor in the DNC-DSCC discussions as the investment the DSCC is making is possibly more than they expected. (Source: Hotline)Contrast the DNC's financial predicament with the CT Senate race
An explosion of campaign cash - dramatized by $6.1 million in new contributions since July 20 to incumbent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman - could push the cost of this year's white-hot U.S. Senate race above $25 million, and already has obliterated the old record of $9.3 million in combined spending by candidates in a Connecticut political contest. (Source: Courant)Despite Howard Dean's push to make all 50 states competitive against Republicans, CT Democrats have chosen an intraparty scuffle over winning a majority. it will be interesting to see how the factions reconcile post election.
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