Hotline on Call reports today that there’s an attempt in the blogosphere and with in the Democratic party to get certain Senators to pony up from their war chests for the mid-term elections and the bulk of the cries to pony up are directed towards John Kerry. AP News also has a piece along the same lines. Now let me be clear, working to get other’s to pony up out of their war chests is fine, but it’s interesting that this “grassroots” effort comes by way of an anonymous website that was registered through Domains by Proxy and has the owner’s information blocked and it’s sad that the claims on the website are misleading at best.
The truth is no one has done more for Democratic candidates in this election cycle than John Kerry (which Hotline alludes to but doesn’t give the full scoop) but evidently it’s still not enough as far as some are concerned. I find this curious because John Kerry was not sitting around dawdling months ago when success for Democrats appeared more like a fantasy than something attainable. No — he was out there working hard to raise money for Democratic candidates long before anyone else got the notion to get involved. He did not wait until this late stage in the campaign to pitch in and help like others have, because Kerry understands that “early money” counts the most and it is usually hardest to raise. Kerry’s team applied that rule of early support of Senate candidates on the top targeted Senate races.
Off the bat, in 2004, John Kerry gave 1 million dollars to the DSCC at the beginning of this election cycle when the DSCC’s coffers needed a boost to show a positive balance at year-end — he wiped their debt clean.
Since 2004 the bottom line all combined: the Friends of John Kerry, Keeping America’s Promise PAC and JohnKerry.com grassroots contributors have provided $3,540,553 in direct contributions, directed donations and online contributions to the DSCC and 22 Senate incumbents and candidates. Here’s a breakdown (via Kerry’s PAC) of what Kerry has done for Senate candidates:
A contribution of $1,000,000 to the DSCC in December of 2004 and $14,253 in June of 2006. $1,654,100 raised online from the JohnKerry.com community for Senate colleagues and challengers:
- Senator Byrd $105,900
- Senator Cantwell $180,927
- Senator Conrad $13,400
- Senator Feinstein $51,460
- Senator Bill Nelson $207,528
- Senator Stabenow $46,672
- Bob Casey (PA) $64,000
- Claire McCaskill (MO) $107,786
- Jim Pederson (AZ) $58,055
- Sherrod Brown (OH) $167,373
- Cong Harold Ford (TN) $98,212
- Amy Klobuchar $114,919
- Jim Webb (VA) $141,543
- Ned Lamont (CT) $28,569
- Senator Akaka $20,205
- Senator Menendez $36,668
- Jon Tester (MT) $74,204
- Ben Cardin (MD) $74,813
- Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) $61,866
Direct contributions to Senate colleagues and candidates of $37,200. $835,000 raised at a series of fundraisers for colleagues and candidates, including:
- $520,000 for Bob Casey in Washington on September 20th, New York on September 21st, Pittsburgh on September 24th and Boston on September 28th.
- $150,000 for Hillary Clinton in Boston on May 6th.
- $50,000 for Bill Nelson in Palm Beach on March 13th, Boston on December 1st and Pittsburgh on December 2nd.
- $40,000 for Maria Cantwell in Boston on June 26th and in Ketchum on July 24th.
- Sherrod Brown fundraiser on September 9th for $30,000.
- Pederson fundraiser on September 17th for $45,000.
Now mind you, the above list of contributions is the contributions to Senate candidates only. We’re just getting started with the work Kerry has done to support and raise money for Democrats all across this country since 2004…
John Kerry has given or raised over 10 million dollars for Democratic candidates and committees since November 2004. Give me a holler if you can show me another Democrat who can match those $$$. To my knowledge Kerry has completely outpaced the pack. John Kerry has been aggressively fundraising for Democratic candidates throughout all of 2006. Really?? That’s right, Kerry has been:
Making direct contributions to various campaigns. Attending and hosting events 24 states across the country including IA, NH, CA, WA, PA, MD, FL… the list goes on. Emailing his 3 million strong list of supporters from JohnKerry.com on behalf of candidates and raising money for state parties, the DNC, DSCC and DCCC.
Need more information on what John Kerry has been doing to help Democrats raise money for the critical mid-terms? Here’s more information (via Kerry’s PAC):
Kerry has raised over 215K individual direct and online contributions that have come through JohnKerry.com. He’s raised over $13.5 million through his leadership committees since November 2004 and of that $13.5 million, John Kerry has given away over $10 million to Democratic candidates and committees across the country.
All told, Kerry has financially supported 179 candidates for House, Senate and state and local offices and committees in 42 states. Kerry has personally traveled to 24 states to appear with candidates and rally support at the grassroots. Kerry has made over 85 trips across the country to support Democratic candidates this cycle.
Kerry gave $1 million to the Democratic National Committee and raised an additional $250,000 for the DNC online. He’s given $500,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; contributed $50,000 to the Louisiana State Party and he gave $250,000 to the Washington State Democratic Party which helped finance a recount when the Republican party challenged the win of Gov. Christine Gregoire.
Through the JohnKerry.com community, Kerry has raised over 100K each for 11 candidates: Maria Cantwell, Bill Nelson, Byrd, Sherrod Brown, Ford, Claire McCaskill, Klobuchar, James Webb, Tammy Duckworth, Patrick Murphy and Joe Sestak.
When I read the crap like I read today on HeyJohn.org, I see red. Because instead of acknowledging that a good man is out there fighting longer and harder for us than most, people who don’t even have the courage to say who they are resort to attacks and misleading information. How is that helping the Democratic party? It’s not.
Here’s another rundown of Kerry’s support of Democratic candidates as of August 30, 2006 (via Kerry’s PAC):
- $2,389,449 for 18 candidates for US Senate – 11 incumbents, 7 challengers.
- $1,048,333 for 78 candidates for US House – 40 incumbents, 38 challengers.
- $311,691 for 11 candidates for Governor – 6 incumbents, 5 challengers.
- $124,250 for 31 candidates for state and local races.
- $6,041,161 for 41 committees – includes state parties and state legislatures the DNC, DCCC and DSCC and the MA AFL-CIO.
Kerry’s Keeping America’s Promise helped to raise $4,965,217 for candidates, committees and causes:
- $3,302,400 through 67 events for 10 federal candidates, 6 non-federal, 9 committees and causes
- $1,662,817 direct marketing fundraising for 29 federal candidates & 1 non-federal candidate
Keeping America’s Promise also contributed $275,803 to candidates, committees and causes:
- $154,550 to 118 candidates
- $101,400 to 82 federal candidates
- $53,150 to 36 non-federal candidates
- 121,253 to 22 committees and causes
Friends of John Kerry helped to raise $1,853,565 for candidates, committees and causes:
- $440,357 in direct marketing fundraising to 19 federal candidates, 6 non
- $313,208 in direct marketing fundraising to 8 committees
- $1,100,000 in direct marketing fundraising to causes (Red Cross & USO)
Again, the bottom line here is this – no one and I do mean no one has done more the party this year, in the past 2 years actually, than John Kerry. So let me quote John Kerry here from yesterday, when he pitched for people to donate to The Patriot Project, another worthy cause within our ranks, the call for Kerry to do more from HeyJohn.org is simply a “chickenshit attack” in my opinion from members of the grassroots who don’t have the courage to put their names behind their claims.
It’s times like this when I sit back and shake my head bewildered by the lack of support for the for the one leader in the Democratic party that has fought harder on all the issues that count. He’s not stopped since November 2004. No in fact where others might have drifted off by the wayside, John Kerry went back to work right after the election and he’s a better man, a better fighter and we all owe him our gratitude for leading the fight against Alito, for leading the fight to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, for leading the calls to bring our troops home from Iraq… the list goes on.
Let me make it clear, I’ve watched and noted here on The Democratic Daily everything that John Kerry has done in the past 15 months. You won’t find a more complete archive of John Kerry news anywhere on the blogosphere. Why have I done this? Because I believe in John Kerry. I believe in what he stands for. I believe in what’s he’s done for Democrats in the past and I believe that our future and the future of this country is tantamount on the work he continues to do every damn day of the year.
So let the chickenshits at HeyJohn.org come forward and tell us all who they are — because “No one has done more than John Kerry to support Democratic candidates”:
“Give me five more John Kerry’s,” says Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.). “He’s a fighter, and he puts his money where his mouth is.” – Roll Call, 5.1.06
“He also won plaudits for working on behalf of House candidates. `The question is was somebody willing to stand up back in the dark days when I needed help, and he was,’ said US Representative Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.”
— Boston Globe, Brian Mooney, 10/9/06
“Kerry has a big electronic address book and he hasn’t been shy about using it…it’s also bringing in quite a bit of money for Democrats nationwide…he has given or raised nearly $10 million for Democratic candidates and committees since November 2004.” – Washington Post, “Kerry Treasury Department,” 7.2.06
“The Winners: John Kerry: Kerry not only endorsed Webb but appeared with him Monday for a last-minute campaign rally. Kerry also used his national e-mail list to raise cash and turn out the vote.”- Washingtonpost.com, The Fix, “VA Senate Winners and Losers,” 6.14.06
UPDATE — IN THE BLOGOSPHERE:
UPDATE 2: RELATED POST – Who’s Behind HeyJohn.org?