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Considering Giving Obama Money? You’re Better Off Helping Your Own Local Party.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 5, 2012

Even more than in 2008, Obama’s campaign is going to be dominated by big corporate and institutional funders. And even more than in 2008 and 2009, when he essentially took over the DNC and made it into an OFA arm, the downticket Democratic candidates are getting screwed:

President Barack Obama has a bleak message for House and Senate Democrats this year when it comes to campaign cash: You’re on your own.

Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have privately sought as much as $30 million combined from Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee — a replay of the financial help they received from Obama in 2008 and 2010.

But that’s not going to happen, top Obama aides Jim Messina and David Plouffe told Reid and Pelosi in back-to-back meetings on Capitol Hill on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the high-level talks. It was a stark admission from a presidential campaign once expected to rake in as much as $1 billion of just how closely it is watching its own bottom line.

Messina and Plouffe told the two Hill leaders that there would be no cash transfers to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from OFA or the DNC, at least not before Election Day, the sources said.

If you really want to help the Democratic party become a better party by electing more and better Democrats, skip donating to OFA/DNC and give it straight to the Democratic candidate or candidates of your choice. Who says so? Obama buddy Jonathan Bernstein says so:

If you’re planning on making political donations this year, and you really want your money to help the cause, here’s what you should do: Instead of sinking cash into either presidential campaign, put it where it will really matter — into Congressional or state and local races.

Here’s why: The battle for the House and Senate may well shape up as toss ups, which means that control of Congress is hanging in the balance. This matters just as much, and in many ways more, than control of the White House. The least bang for your buck comes in presidential general elections. Your money will make a much bigger difference in practically every other type of election.

Hat tip to David Dayen.

2 Responses to “Considering Giving Obama Money? You’re Better Off Helping Your Own Local Party.”

  1. jo6pac said

    Yes, I won’t give to dnc or dccc or my new local candidate until he has some sort of platform.

    WTF happened here, I just saw this today and look how demodogs voted.

    —H.R. 347, or the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011

    Here’s who voted for this bill to end the 1st amendment

    I hope cooler heads in the big house vote this down.
    Amazing and I can see a future bill that if arrested at OWS or anything else you lose UI or any govt program you might be on or if they can SS&Medi-Care.
    How Sad

    • Charles II said

      I feel ambivalent about this kind of legislation. On the one hand, political figures are faced with a lot of very ugly stuff that crosses the line from seeking redress of grievances to threatening and interfering with the conduct of their duties and even, as most recently demonstrated with Gabby Giffords, to political violence. On the other hand, unless legislation is very carefully written, it becomes carte blanche for the political class to wall itself off from the people they are governing. That’s inherently dangerous, because once one isolates oneself from a particular group of people, one ceases to understand them.

      Language like “impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions” is very broad. If our courts didn’t suck, I wouldn’t worry. Since our courts do suck, I worry.

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