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YEEEAAARGH!!! - Dems Fund Raising No Screaming Success

Robert Novak notes that donations to the Democratic National Committee under Howard Dean have fallen off substantially.

Democratic National Committee (DNC) fund raising under the chairmanship of Howard Dean shows a disappointing $16.7 million raised in the first quarter of 2005, compared with $34 million reported by the Republicans.

That tends to confirm dire predictions by old-line Democratic fund-raisers of a fall-off in money if Dean became chairman. He had promised to bring in heavy individual contributions, as he did in his 2004 campaign for president. But the DNC in the first quarter received only $13 million from individuals, compared to $31 million for the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Whether this is an ominous sign of old Democratic money discontent, a temporary hangover from the loss of the 2004 presidential election, or a case of the folks who "bought and paid for" the Democratic party (organizations like MoveOn.org) being little behind on their payments is open for debate. Whatever the answer, if the trend continues it's bad news for Democratic candidates for Congress and the Senate in 2006.


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Comments (31)

I think its too early to re... (Below threshold)
Eric:

I think its too early to read anything into this. IMHO, its like trying to predict the outcome of a football game at the end of the first quarter with one team ahead by a touchdown.

I get fundraising calls fro... (Below threshold)
meep:

I get fundraising calls from the RNC and other Republican groups all the time. At least a couple times a week. And have been for =months=.

We marked down their number on our caller ID (which speaks the name of the caller out loud) as "Republican Money-grubbers". They keep changing the script, I've got to say, with each new political development.

I wonder if the DNC is doing the same thing. It could be they don't have their fundraising machinery in place yet.

If I was a democrat (never,... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

If I was a democrat (never, ever , ever will I move that low on the food chain) I'd assume George Soros was picking up the tab since he claims to own the party. Isn't that what the left is all about, tax those willing to work hard, pay the way for those who won't? If you base your party on the premise that anybody making good money doesn't deserve it and owes it to those too lazy to make their own you've gotta expect problems like this. Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of people.

wait for it ... wait for it... (Below threshold)

wait for it ... wait for it

Karl Rove is behind it.

It sounds like a normal fun... (Below threshold)
TheEnigma:

It sounds like a normal function to me. democrats are always better at giving aways the money of OTHERS than at giving away their own.

I tend to view Dem fundrais... (Below threshold)

I tend to view Dem fundraising as lackluster unless a major campaign is being shoved down the publics face via the media. I wouldn't expect fund raising to pick up for at least another 6 months in time for the 06 election cycle.

Please, please don't do any... (Below threshold)
Corky Boyd:

Please, please don't do anything that would cost Dean his chairmanship before the next presidential election. He is the best thing working for us.

Mainly I am waiting for him to make good on his promise he will make Terri Schiavo a campign issue in 2008.

Republican response: Democrats are the ones who want to pull the plug on you.

Worth several million senior votes. Please Mr. Dean, make my day!

I think the Republicans are... (Below threshold)
mph:

I think the Republicans are working extra hard on keeping up their off-year donations. They've been hitting me up more lately than they did before the election.

Dean has also said he's not... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

Dean has also said he's not going to just campaign in battleground states, he's going to work all 50 for the next presidential election. That'll certainly be money well wasted in Texas, I might even consider shortening my vacation and going back in 2007 for a few months. I'd hate to miss the reaction from people in my part of Texas when moveon.com and all the other Soros 527's start sending the parolees and crack-compensated campaign workers door-to-door. Then again, I'm going to start building a new house later this year in Nevada so I can be a resident and do my part to oust Harry Reid in a plan so diabolical that the democrats will never see it coming, voting a republican in with living, breathing, LEGAL voters.

Also a sad statement about ... (Below threshold)
-S-:

Also a sad statement about the financial mismanagement that typifies most Democrats' projects. MoveOn having squandered quite so much money, not to mention Soros, really does boil down to the idealization of celebrity wealth that most individuals will never experience, and yet are called to service by vote and dedication to the process. The DNC has nothing without the celebrity-lifestyles (and donations) thing. AND, their wealth exists because too many eager individuals buy tickets to their films, buy their CDs, etc.

Howard Dean is a really accurate example of that at work: "Be important! Vote for MEEEE! Yearghhhhggghhhh!"

But, actually, that's Marxi... (Below threshold)
-S-:

But, actually, that's Marxism at work, right there (^^).

You know, sometimes the rig... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

You know, sometimes the right can be guilty of re-writing history a bit. We have our own memes we follow like some on the left do.

One being that Dean's infamous yell sank his campaign. It didn't. Remember, his yell came AFTER he had lost Iowa. In a little over 3 weeks he went from being the distant leader to third place behind a then unknown Kerry.

Dean had been screwed over and his campaign was over BEFORE the yell.

The story was told so well that his moment of insanity in the yell that even the Dems believed itand hired him as DNC chairman not realizing he was a loser far beyond what they had imagined.

What else is new? If you'r... (Below threshold)
AlanDownunder:

What else is new? If you're in the rich minority you'll bankroll the guys who'll keep you rich instead of looking out for majority; especially when they go so far out on a limb for you like the present mob.

Faith: the Yell might have ... (Below threshold)
DaveP.:

Faith: the Yell might have taken place AFTER Dean lost Iowa, but it was the moment that totally defined him (for all but a few deluded types) as a serious nutbag with issues. After that point, Dean moved from being a competitor to be courted for his support to being a running joke.

Sometimes how you lose is just as important as the fact that you did lose.

If you're in the rich mi... (Below threshold)

If you're in the rich minority you'll bankroll the guys who'll keep you rich...

As opposed to the guys who want to keep you poor (by taxing you out of existence) -- and sick (while you wait endlessly to see a doctor under socialized medicine) -- and hungry (because the enviros have shut down the breadbasket of the world)...

If you're in the rich mi... (Below threshold)

If you're in the rich minority you'll bankroll the guys who'll keep you rich...

As opposed to the guys who want to keep you poor (by taxing you out of existence) -- and sick (while you wait endlessly to see a doctor under socialized medicine) -- and hungry (because the enviros have shut down the breadbasket of the world)...

[I get an intermittent "page not found" error and while my comments are sometimes posted eventually, not always. If this is a duplicate, my apologies.]

Faith+1: I agree with what... (Below threshold)
-S-:

Faith+1: I agree with what DaveP wrote (^^), and add here that I never perceived Dean as being defined as a loser (in seeking the nomination) BY his screed ("Yeeeaaargghhhhh!"), and realized he was emphasizing himself as a loser when he uttered the screed. It was just that Dean emphasized -- certified, rather -- himself as nuttier than walnuts at that moment. It was one of those moments for me of reflecting on all that I was grateful for, that Dean was not due for the nomination. Also among those moments were his recent statements, "I hate Republicans" and "Republicans hate people of faith."

He must REALLY think that DU is a reflection of normalacy among humans, voters. If ever there was a case of a madman as medicine man, it is Howard Dean.

Patient: "Hello, Dr., I have this pain in my arm."

Dean: "It's the result of evil vibes permeating the realm in which your arm has been brandished lately."

Patient: "Um, evil...realm...uhh, Dr., I've been sitting at my desk at work all week, and the pain just started last Monday, no big-air arm movements at Acme Insurance..."

Dean: "Yeaaaaarghhhhhh!"

Patient: "What?"

Dean: "Yeaaarrghhhghhh!"

Patient: "Um, Doctor, I don't understand."

Dean: "I'm speaking to the evil vibes, just wait a minute here..."

"Yeaaarggghhhhhh!"

Patient: "I, uhh, it still hurts."

Dean: "Who are you? Are you registered to vote?"

What else is new? If you're... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

What else is new? If you're in the rich minority (George Soros, Michael Moore, Trial Lawyers, limosine liberals in general) you'll bankroll the guys who'll keep you rich (democrats) instead of looking out for majority; especially when they go so far out on a limb (promote socialism, and convince you that you'll be part of the ruling elite) for you like the present mob.
See how the truth leaks out through a Freudian slip occasionally?

Don't mean to imply the yel... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Don't mean to imply the yell wasn't defining but I still maintain it wasn't the beginning of the end but more like confirmation the end had arrived.

Dean and his campaign got destroyed in Iowa. Personally, I think it was an inside job of the DNC but his campaign was over before the yell.

I think the yell just gave the media something to use for sound clips. I've even heard some conservatives talk about how the yell cost Dean the Iowa caucas...obviously not realizing his yell came after...

Some people are living in t... (Below threshold)
AlanDownUnder:

Some people are living in the past. Bush is the biggest-taxing Prez in history (% of GDP - not just dollar terms) while giving the rich tax cuts.

The GOP used to be the low-tax balanced budget party. That honor now goes to Clinton over Bush by a huge margin.

So of course the very wealthy will contribute more to Republican than Democrat. Those least needing favours most get them.

That honor would go the con... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

That honor would go the congress during Clinton's misadministration, presidents don't set taxes. I don't know what you are downunder the influence of, but whatever brand of crack you prefer seems to be doing it's job. Presidents suggest a budget, sometimes suggest laws, but their powers are very limited, if you weren't under whatever it is you'd know that. BTW Clinton kicked and screamed and cried like a baby but had to finally give in to the budgets passed by Republican majorities, then like a typical dishonest liberal took credit for it all.

Hey Bullwinckle, check <... (Below threshold)
AlanDownunder:

Hey Bullwinckle, check this out and ask yourself who held congress in 92-94.

Then ponder this.

(both gifs from http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/)

Seems the HTML tags didn't ... (Below threshold)
AlanDownunder:
Who cares about 92-94, it w... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

Who cares about 92-94, it was the other 6 years of Clinton that mattered, and we all know who who was in charge then. He signed the Balanced Budget Act in 1997, and your "party of the people" (can't say that shit without laughing out loud) looked at him as a traitor. Here's a history lesson for you:

http://www.cato.org/dailys/10-08-98.html

I like this quote from it,
"And 1993 -- the year of the giant Clinton tax hike -- was not the turning point in the deficit wars, either. In fact, in 1995, two years after that tax hike, the budget baseline submitted by the president's own Office of Management and Budget and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicted $200 billion deficits for as far as the eye could see. The figure shows the Clinton deficit baseline. What changed this bleak outlook?

Newt Gingrich and company -- for all their faults -- have received virtually no credit for balancing the budget. Yet today's surplus is, in part, a byproduct of the GOP's single-minded crusade to end 30 years of red ink. Arguably, Gingrich's finest hour as Speaker came in March 1995 when he rallied the entire Republican House caucus behind the idea of eliminating the deficit within seven years."

Wow, bullwinkle, you are as... (Below threshold)

Wow, bullwinkle, you are as stupid in real life as you are the cartoon!

Newt was the reason for those balanced budgets. Every single time.

We even had government shutdowns over it and Clinton was so worried that he got a bj from an intern.

Read that again Chuck, and ... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

Read that again Chuck, and next time hesitate a minute or two before you call anyone stupid. I was giving Newt full credit. That downunder-the-influence guy thinks Clinton accomplished something. I know better.

nevermind....sorry... (Below threshold)

nevermind....

sorry.

So, Bullwinckle, how come a... (Below threshold)
AlanDownUnder:

So, Bullwinckle, how come a Republican congress can control Clinton's spending but it can't control Bush's spending and tax giveaways to those thatb least need it (and are most able to contribute to the republican party)?

You seem to know everything, so please explain.

You may not have noticed th... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

You may not have noticed through your liberal/drug induced fog but there's a war on. Wars don't come cheap. Factor in the billions spent beefing up security since 9-11 and the damage 9-11 did to our economy and you've spent some serious money. I'm sure if you think about that a for a few days your mind might be able to figure out all that, we can always hope so anyway. We could always cut off the socialist parasites entitlements and save a few bucks like we did before, something I think is an excellent idea. We should help those who can't and allow those who can but won't to slowly starve. We'd have the budget balanced again in no time at all. Is that clear enough for you?

I noticed, Bully. "Fixing ... (Below threshold)
AlanDownunder:

I noticed, Bully. "Fixing the facts and intelligence around the policy" was dud budgeting as well as inconsistent with the culture of life we're all hearing so much about.

Parasite eradication? Start with Halliburton etc.

One more for Buuly ...... (Below threshold)
AlanDownunder:



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