Let's see....Harry Reid demonizes the Koch Brothers, and wants to repeal the First Amendment so that government bureaucrats will decide who can contribute their time and money to an election, because "big money" campaign contributions equals corruption.
In the meantime, though, the Dems take big money from special interests such as unions and trial lawyers, as well as green energy billionaires who will directly benefit from more Dem green energy handouts....
Dems outraise their opposition by a huge amount.....
And they are still going to lose, BIG....
Doesnt that kind of show their simplistic claim that "money contributions buy elections" to be bogus? Must we repeal the First Amendment based on a false claim, that all voters are mindless drones who are mesmerized by attack ads on TV?
Thanks, Dems, for disproving your own point.
Democrats on Capitol Hill have vastly out-raised Republicans on the campaign trail this election cycle.
But the financial advantage has hardly put the Democrats in the driver's seat ahead of the looming midterms. Instead, the party is fighting merely to survive November with its thin Senate majority – and a respectable House minority – intact.
For all the focus and energy the parties place on fundraising, the Democrats' dilemma suggests that campaign cash ultimately has a limited influence on voters and elections.
Indeed, a slew of other factors – including the GOP's shrewd 2010 redistricting efforts; the voter apathy that often accompanies the midterm cycle; and the unpopularity of President Obama, particularly in many battleground districts – appear ready to trump much of the advantage the Democrats' deep campaign coffers might have afforded them in a different year.
"The Democrats have a problem that money can't really fix," David Wasserman, an analyst with the Cook Political Report, an online election handicapper, said Friday. "They have to win over very Republican turf to gain seats, and those voters just aren't available to candidates with a 'D' next to their name."
The DCCC, for instance, has brought in $136.2 million this cycle through July, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), versus $109.4 million for the NRCC. The DCCC's advantage comes even as Republicans outnumber Democrats 233 to 199 in the lower chamber.
Across the Capitol, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has gained a similar edge, claiming receipts totaling $103.5 million this cycle – $27 million more than the $76.5 million raised by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) over the same span.
Still, the Democrats in both chambers face a steep climb in November. House Democrats need to net 17 seats to win back the Speaker's gavel – a goal that looks highly unlikely in the face of hostile political winds.
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