Bill Clinton Helps House Dems (and Obama)
Clinton has penned a fundraising missive for the DCCC, obtained by Capitol Briefing, that urges donors to pony up "your urgent contribution before our FEC reporting deadline August 31st -- we must show we have the resources to fight back." Against whom? "The hard-core Republican operatives who will come after our candidates. Republican attack groups -- even one led by people like Tom DeLay, and another advised by Karl Rove -- are prepared to spend nearly $250 million to defeat Democrats."
In his message, Clinton recalls his time dealing with a not-always-cooperative Congress. "Believe me, the best thing we could do to help Barack Obama when he is president is to elect more change-oriented Democrats to Congress on November 4th," he writes.
If a donor contributes to the DCCC's "Denver to November campaign," House Democrats will match the contribution from their own coffers 2-to-1. Through July 31, the DCCC had $56 million in the bank, while the National Republican Congressional Committee had $14 million. It is worth noting, though, that the NRCC outraised the DCCC in July, $9.2 million to $6 million.
Clinton, by the way, doesn't appear to have made any personal donations to House candidates this cycle, but he did give $2,300 to Obama back in June.
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