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Pelosi, Boehner Hitting the Money Trail

Now that they're finally free of the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) will spend the next several weeks working the other aspect of their leadership posts: raising money.

Combined, the two leaders will be hitting 15 different states as they attend fund-raisers mostly for incumbent lawmakers trying to raise early campaign cash so they can ward off a stiff challenge next year.

Pelosi kick starts her political travels Wednesday in New Hampshire. No, no, no, she's not testing the waters for a White House bid! She's there to raise cash for two freshmen who upset GOP incumbents last fall, helping boost the campaign coffers of Reps. Paul Hodes (D) and Carol Shea-Porter (D).

As will likely be the case with almost every stop she makes along the way, Pelosi is being greeted there by local Republicans who accuse her of being out of step with local constituents. "Shea-Porter and Hodes have become the Pelosi Twins. Instead of being independent voices for New Hampshire, they've been rubber stamps for Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic leadership in Washington," said Fergus Cullen, state Republican Party chairman. (According to washingtonpost.com's database measuring partisan unity, Hodes and Shea-Porter have voted with the majority of House Democrats on 98 and 98.2 percent of the more than 800 roll calls so far this year, respectively.)

Pelosi has always been phenomenal at raising money, particularly among liberal base activists and female donors. As of June 30, Hodes had raised $586,000 for his 2008 campaign and had more than $390,000 sitting in his war chest. Shea-Porter, who has opted to run her campaign without the financial help of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is trailing in terms of money raised among the 42 freshman Democrats: $270,000 raised through June 30, with $255,000 in the bank.

While her schedule has not been finalized, Pelosi will also be traveling to raise money for incumbents and Democratic political committees in Arizona, Connecticut and California.

As for Boehner, what he lacks in terms of votes on his side of the aisle he is trying to make up for by out-hustling everyone else on the campaign trail this month. According to his staff, he's hitting 11 different states raising money for 18 different incumbents, a dizzying pace that he covers in just 3 ½ weeks.

In addition to campaigning in his home state of Ohio, Boehner will host fundraisers for the following GOP lawmakers through Aug. 30:

Colorado: Reps. Doug Lamborn and Marilyn Musgrave
Illinois: Peter Roskam and John Shimkus
Indiana: Dan Burton
Iowa: Tom Latham
Kansas: Todd Tiahrt
Michigan: Tim Walberg, Joseph Knollenberg, Thaddeus G. McCotter, and Michael J. Rogers
Minnesota: John Kline
Missouri: Kenny Hulshof and Sam Graves
Montana: Dennis Rehberg
Nebraska: Jeff Fortenberry, Lee Terry and Adrian Smith

By Paul Kane  |  August 7, 2007; 12:16 PM ET
 
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As the competitions between presidential candidates increase and tense up, the candidates need to be reminded of the critical issues that still trouble our society today. Issue such as global poverty needs to be address by our candidates to each and to the general public. As one of the nation that has pledge to fulfill the goals of Millennium Development Project, whose goal is the elimination of world hunger and poverty, the Bush Administration has not shown any substantial action to bring this fundamental problem to a stop. According to the Borgen Project, dedicated to fighting and ending Poverty around the world, only $19 billion dollars are needed annually to stop world wide poverty, hunger and malnutrition. However, more than $340 billion dollars has been poured into this "war on terror." And each year, our country has a military budge of $522 billion dollars. It's time for a new leader who will be addressing an issue that affects 1.2 billion people everyday worldwide.

Posted by: Mstessyrue | August 7, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

There are two anvils that the Republicans cannot overcome because they are history.

Iraq War - American voters are overwhelming in support of withdrawal. The GOP congressmen/women are on record of supporting President Bush's conduct of the war. Americans want out of this war.

Illegal Immigration - We badly need a comprehensive, fair, workable plan that will include border control and an eventual path to citizenship. Every major hispanic organization is on record of supporting this. The voting hispanic population wants it badly. The GOP voting records are historically againist what the Hispanics want. Ergo, the hispanic vote will go to Democrats in a very big way. This conclusion is also supported by the fact that the GOP Presidential candidates have snubbed every LULAC and other hispanic national conventions.

I find the above tragic because we need a strong two party system. By their actions, the GOP has succeeded in alienating most voters. Corporate American is aware of this so the big money will go to the Democrats in 2008.

Posted by: Bob Ramos | August 8, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Being from California and a strong Republican I hope John "cry baby" Boehner fails at his fund raising. Supporting the useless Iraq War, the Crazed Decider and attacking poor defenseless Mexicans is inexcusable and will be punished by our trying to get rid of Nativist and Fascist War Mongering Neo- Con Republicans who now have set sights on Iran. This is how the thousand year Reich started and ended up badly in the ash heap of Berlin. DC may become the new Berlin ending up in the ash heap of history courtesy of the mullahs and terrorists, led by the Chi-coms and the Russians. Beware of the Decider who was a cocaine addict just a few years ago. His brain is fried!

Posted by: mascmen7 | August 8, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Where is Boehner going to get his money from. now that his buddy Jack Abrahamoff is in the slammer?

Posted by: sameolddoc | August 10, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Since Boehner will have such a busy fund raising schedule, he should just save time and pass out the cash on the floor of the House like he did with all that tobacco money.

Posted by: gomer | August 10, 2007 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Chris Van Hollen said recently in a Post online discussion that Congress, which has left undone and unsolved the problems of appropriations, Iraq, global warming and illegal immigration, was taking the month of August off so that Members could return to their districts. Van Hollen has not scheduled a single event in his district for the entire month of August. Where is he? Why isn't he trying to solve our worst-in-the-nation transportation gridlock? His Congressional Campaign Committee position places him in a classic conflict of interest position. The time spent there doesn't serve his constituents. The efforts spent raising lots of money from lobbyists counter the views of his district where people feel that those who don't believe that lobbyists have too much influence in Washington have been in Washington too long.

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | August 15, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

"No End In Sight" is it. The message to Republicans and President Bush is "Jesus Wept," didn't he!

Posted by: Robert Lewis | August 17, 2007 1:23 AM | Report abuse

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