About a third of House Democrats have refused to pay any dues to the Democrat Loser Committee, otherwise known as the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, and another 109 have made only partial payments, leaving Democrat House candidates beautifully under funded for November.
The Committee is a PAC that Democrats in Congress use to fund fellow Democrats in House races. They’ve gotten about $1.8 million from members. In contrast, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has gotten about $6.4 million from its members.
The Loser Committee has only been able to give about $21,000 to frequent election victim Kathy Boockvar for her doomed November challenge against Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick. You probably couldn’t even buy an effective radio campaign with that paltry amount. It’s like that pretty much all around the country this time.
John Tavaglione, a Republican candidate in California, received more than $59,000 from GOP House members. The total for Tavaglione’s Democratic opponent, Mark Takano, from Democratic lawmakers: just more than $20,000. And while Indiana Republican Jackie Walorski took nearly $73,000 from Republican lawmakers, her Democratic opponent, Brendan Mullen, received just $22,000 from Democrats.
There are a number of reasons why the Democrats are refusing to fund each others’ races. 15 House Democrats, realizing they were going to be thrown out of office in November, decided not to run for their seats. 14 of those 15 have not paid. Then there’s the fact that the Democrats know they have next to no chance to retake the majority in November, so their enthusiasm is low.
Plus, like the rest of the nation, they kind of hate Nancy Pelosi.
It’s no secret that the speaker does not enjoy universal support from her caucus. The historic calamity that befell Democrats in 2010 resulted in a challenge to her leadership from North Carolina’s Heath Shuler. And while Pelosi was able to weather that challenge, there were many House Democrats who cast their vote for her with reluctance — and a dose of fear, given the consequences of voting against the speaker as far as lost committee assignments and other indignities that could have been heaped upon apostates.