DSCC Trounces NRSC in $$$ Race and Other News
The fundraising figures for the DSCC and NRSC for March (& Q1 cumulatively) are in. (Remember: DSCC 1/07 = $2.2 million, DSCC 2/07 = $2.7 million; NRSC 1/07 = $0.9 million, NRSC 2/07 = $2.4 million.) The Washington Post reports:
The Democrats' fundraising gains were most evident on the congressional level. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $13.7 million to the National Republican Senatorial Committee's $7 million -- taking in more money in March than the NRSC did in three months. The DSCC also ended March with nearly triple the money in the bank -- $9.5 million to $3.45 million.The DSCC's March featured roughly $8.8 million raised! More than the NRSC's entire Q1 of $7 million and putting to shame its March take of roughly $3.7 million. Wow. And, for cash-on-hand, the DSCC already has an advantage of more than $6 million, which covers for the existing debt carried over from the wildly successful 2006 cycle. The NRSC is in a world of hurt. Senator Ensign has been Chair for a whole quarter, so when is he going to kick the fundraising into high gear? We know he hasn't had much (or any) success so far recruiting candidates. Pretty rough for the NRSC.
The best news for the NRSC was that it erased the $1.3 million debt from the 2006 election. The DSCC carried $6 million in debt at the end of March.
"We couldn't have asked for a better start to the 2008 Senate elections," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), the DSCC chairman. "The support for Democratic candidates and ideas is enormous and is propelling us to a big lead in fundraising."
Nebraska: It turns out that former Senator Bob Kerrey was behind the poll gauging his strength for a possible Senate bid:
Former Nebraska Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey recently tested the waters for a possible U.S. Senate bid, but he said Thursday evening that there was only a 1 percent chance that he would run again - and only if GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel didn't run for re-election next year.Kerrey says that a run is "extremely unlikely," that he'd only run if Hagel didn't, and that his decision will come "very quickly." But, hey, a 1% chance is better than a 0% chance. Another opportunity to look forward to - as though the NRSC needed its meager resources stretched thinner. (HT: PW)
Kerrey asked his longtime political adviser, Paul Johnson, to gauge public opinion on him. That led to Democratic pollster Harrison Hickman's sampling Nebraskans' views with some telephone calls. Hickman didn't conduct a full-fledged poll, Kerrey said.
Maine: Very bad news for Susan Collins. Olympia Snowe has just come out in support of an Iraq withdrawal plan. There goes Collins' political cover. This should serve to make Collins look more like the Bush enabler that she is and less in touch with mainstream voters. I anticipate some positive words for Snowe's legislation from Tom Allen, drawing a distinction between the Bush-Collins position on Iraq and the Allen-Snowe-mainstream Maine voters position on Iraq.
Kentucky: Ditch Mitch KY offers us a reminder that Mitch McConnell leads the Abramoff tote board, followed closely by Alaska's Ted Stevens.
FireDogLake looks at the Senate Republicans' approach to transparency in government.
Though it's on the House side, not the Senate, All Spin Zone reflects on House Republicans giving up committee seats as they are being investigated. Just more of the Republican Culture of Corruption.