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Leadership PACs and the Early Line on 2008

The Fix tends to view leadership political action committees more and more as a thing of the past when it comes to presidential politics (more on that in a future post), but they remain the best window into watching the potential 2008 candidates jockey for early position

Many -- though not all -- of the likely contenders file monthly reports detailing contributions and expenditures made by their leadership PACs. Those reports hit the Federal Election Commission's Web site this past Tuesday night. A chart can be found at the end of this post detailing the basic balance sheets of the nine politicians (four Republicans and five Democrats) widely expected to make a run for the White House.

The Republicans

The most interesting filing of the month came from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who continued to seed early primary states with cash.

McCain raised $488,000 in the month of May, spent $803,000 and ended the period with $762,000 in the bank. How McCain spent his money is telling. Of the 51 direct donations made by his Straight Talk America PAC, all but two went to candidates or party committees in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Alabama.

McCain sent 15 donations totalling $30,500 to a variety of city and county Republican committees in New Hampshire, the state that will host the first presidential primary. In South Carolina, McCain's PAC made 15 donations -- 13 of which were $1,000 checks to state House candidates. He also gave $3,500 each to the South Carolina House and Senate Republican caucuses.

In Alabama, McCain's PAC made 11 contributions to a variety of local GOP organizations and candidates. Why? In an event largely missed by the national media, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley signed legislation into law in late April that moved the state's 2008 primaries from June 3 to February 5, a move that establishes Alabama -- along with South Carolina -- as a make-or-break Southern state on the road to the nomination. Don't forget that McCain also campaigned in Alabama last fall for George Wallace Jr., who faces businessman Luther Strange in a July 18 runoff for the GOP lieutenant governor nomination.

The Fix has said it before (and The Hotline's Chuck Todd noted in his most recent presidential rankings): McCain and his team are playing the inside game about as well as it can be played at the moment.

None of the other three Republicans who file monthly came close to matching McCain.

Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) continued to raise solid money ($466,000) and use his Volunteer PAC as a clearinghouse for linking up GOP donors with candidates around the country. But VOLPAC only donated $10,000 directly from the PAC in May. Mike McGavick, who is running against Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), got $5,000, as did South Carolina state Rep. Ralph Norman, the GOP candidates against Rep. John Spratt (D).

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani raised $159,000 for his Solutions America PAC but made only one donation to a candidate -- $5,000 to state Sen. Jeff Lamberti, who is the candidate in Iowa's 3rd District.

Where's Mitt Romney? The Massachusetts governor's Commonwealth PAC is incorporated in a handful of states -- all of which have different filing deadlines and requirements. Romney does have a federal arm of the Commonwealth PAC, but it files quarterly instead of monthly.

The Democrats

Ex-Virginia Gov. Mark Warner continued to rake in donations at a rate that dwarfed his competitors.

Warner raised $1.1 million in May alone and has collected more than $7 million since forming the Forward Together PAC last July. Although he spent $508,000 last month, just $31,000 of that went to candidates or parties.

Forward Together gave $17,000 to the New Hampshire state Senate caucus, $10,000 to the Democratic Party of Georgia and $4,000 to Corey Booker's successful campaign for mayor in Newark, N.J. Warner has made donations to more than 50 candidates in 30 states through Forward Together and is in the midst of an online effort to pick 10 more candidates who will receive $5,000 each from the PAC. In addition, Warner has committed to host a fundraiser for a candidate to be selected by his Web community.

For Warner, raising tons of cash for his leadership PAC and then doling it out to Democrats around the country makes perfect sense from a strategic perspective. A politician who has held only one office in his career, Warner must work extra hard to court party leaders around the country and he lacks the kind of national organization already in place for most of the candidates people he will run against in 2008. The strength of his fundraising through Forward Together also proves that Warner can raise money despite the stricter limits on national PACs -- restrictions he never had to deal with running for office in Virginia.

Sens. John Kerry (Mass.) and Russ Feingold (Wisc.) each raised $271,000 in May for their PACs, and each ended the month with more than $500,000 in the bank. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) continued to draw down her fundraising for HILLPAC even as she continues to raise millions for her main campaign committee. In May HILLPAC raised $122,000 and made $22,500 worth of direct donations to candidates and party committees. HILLPAC closed May with $100,000 in the bank.

And for all the excitement and energy within the so-called "netroots" for retired Gen. Wesley Clark, his WesPAC did little in the way of fundraising last month. It raised $26,000, spent $58,000 and had $16,000 in the bank at the end of the month.

Remember that any money left over in a leadership PAC can't be transferred to a presidential exploratory committee. As such, many of these candidates -- Clinton, Kerry and Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana to name three -- have raised the majority of their dollars through Senate campaign accounts, which can moved to a presidential committee.

Here's are two charts listing leadership PAC financials for the nine likely 2008 White House contenders:


Candidate    PAC                     Raised      Spent        COH*
McCain       Straight Talk America  $488,000    $803,000    $762,000
Giuliani     Solutions America       159,000     141,000     241,000
Frist        VOLPAC                  466,000     449,000     659,000
Hagel        Sandhills PAC            19,000      60,000     139,000


Candidate  PAC                        Raised     Spent        COH
Kerry      Keeping America's Promise $271,000   $257,000   $502,000
Feingold   Progressive Patriots Fund  271,000    112,000    546,000
Clinton    HILLPAC                    122,000    150,000    100,000
Warner     Forward Together            1.1M      508,000     4.1M
Clark      WESPAC                      26,000     58,000     16,000

* COH = Cash on Hand

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 22, 2006; 7:00 AM ET
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Section 9, or should that be Section 8 because your post is insane. Who gave those WMDs to Saddam? Reagan, Bush I and Rumsfailed. Who gave Saddam intel on Iranian troop movements during their 8 year war, even though they knew he was using chemical weapons on them? The aforementioned Trilogy of Terror. Who was gladhanding Saddam like a long lost brother? Rumfailed. Nobody has said that he never had them - because we all know the Republicans gave them to him. But using them as a false justification for war is morally reprehensible. But, you guys thrive on that.

I think your party should look in the mirror long and hard before calling anyone "bootlickers" because I've yet to see many GOPers stand up to Bush/Cheney/Rove - the Asses of Evil. They merely bow and scrap before their crimes and shriek "9/11," 9/11!" Ah, today's conservatives....No law they're not willing to break, no poor person they're not willing to ignore, no country they're not willing to invade, no bribe too small.

Posted by: KAS | June 27, 2006 1:11 PM | Report abuse

You know, when the Hezboallah uses chemical agents that once belonged to Saddam to kill Israelis, I want the BushLiedTheyDied crowd to go to Israel to explain why they kept insisting that Saddam had no WMD. Of course, it's because BushLied!!!

Ah, today's boot is too shiny for them to lick.

Posted by: section9 | June 26, 2006 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Slim Girl in Pearls -

The fact that your husband is serving in Iraq does not give you a license to spout lies and propaganda. Stop being a coward by hiding behind your husband and spouting your sensationalist nonsense. You are nothing more than a republican shill, no better then Ann Coulter and an even worse writer.

Also, you need a history lesson you idiot. We never invaded Rwanda - so your argument dosen't make any sense moron. Apparently you are so stupid you got an F in high school history or you would know that. Apparently you're the one who needs to do some reading. You're comparing apples and oranges. Also, for your information, there was no widespread sectarian violence in Iraq before we invaded it Slim, if we were'nt there people wouldn't BE "living in fear of getting their heads hacked off" as you put it. My God you are f****** stupid.

"Also, I have other friends who are in the military, and they joined after our nation was attacked,"

I'm sorry Slim - who arttacked us again? Oh, that's righht - Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden! Please don't tell me you are one of those people who believe that there were Iraqis on those planes on 9/11??? Oh God you're even dumber then I thought.

"I come to the blog to defend them (US soldiers)"

Who is attacking your friends in the military here that you need to defend them? No one - again you go make up wild crazy stories. It's not surprising you're an ignorant republican.

And by the way, my brother is in Iraq and I have had many friends including my best friend go to Iraq and come back so shut your mouth. No here ever attakced anyone in the military, the only people who are so low as to do that are the republican chickenhawks like youself who call war herores like John Kerry and Jack Murtha cowards. This just shows what a hypocrite you and those like you are. The fact your husband is there gives no credence to your lies, if you want to argue in favor of the war then use FACTS, screaming "liberal" a thousand times like a lunatic does not a good argument make.

Posted by: Ohio guy | June 24, 2006 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"Ohio Guy, hey, this post site is about PAC groups promoting candidates for 2008, this is the exact place for me to be." - Tina

Yeh Tina, you're right, this thread is about '08 candidates' PAC's. So what is your excuse for every other time you have used this blog to promote Condi Rice when the topic has nothing to dowith '08 candidates???

I'm waiting Tina. No answer???

Yeh, that's becausse you're a hypocrite. From now on, I expect I won't be seeing you shoving Condi Rice down everyone's throat on this blog??? Great, thanks.

Posted by: oHIO GUY | June 24, 2006 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Kerry and Feingold will combine forces and take the unconventional step of running as a ticket throughout the primary season.

Posted by: Mark | June 23, 2006 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about Wesley Clark. He at least had some recent military leadership experience to add to the Democrats in 2004, a general is more powerful that whatever Kerry was.

Anyway, I will be following the entire 2008 debate in the next months. Hopefully both side will select strong leaders.

Posted by: Hank | June 23, 2006 3:21 PM | Report abuse

This Warner contest seems so absurd. I hear that even low level candidates such as Eric Massa are sending out emails promoting this Warner site and pumping up his numbers so he can get this $5,000. Reminds me of the write in candidacy for Rico Carty 30 years ago for the MLB All-Star game. Unlike Carty, Massa is not hitting .363.

Posted by: Joseph P. Turtle | June 23, 2006 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Message to Ohio Guy, my husband is in Iraq serving his nation and protecting his family, which includes me and our kids. So shut your mouth.

If our forces pull out, Iraq will collapse into a Terrorist Haven with mass murders like Rwanda. Do you remember Rwanda, Ohio Guy, where people were butchered with machetes in a tribal war? Go back and do some reading so that you will have some accurate information to use in a debate on the Iraq war. The more the Democrats and the anti-war people whine and complain, the more proud I am of our president and our military forces protecting our nation and helping 25 million people in Iraq get a new start in life without fear of getting their heads hacked off by brutal thugs.

Also, I have other friends who are in the military, and they joined after our nation was attacked, went through the training and are now in Afghanistan and Iraq too. I come to the blog to defend them from those liberals who fail to understand their freedom to whine and complain is protected by our military. The more you guys whine, the more I will pound the keyboard to celebrate the fact you get to whine without being arrested and locked up just because you don't like the President or the Republicans. If you lived under a tyranny ruled by Al Quada, they would cut out your tongue.

Posted by: Slim Girl in Pearls | June 23, 2006 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Ohio Guy, hey, this post site is about PAC groups promoting candidates for 2008, this is the exact place for me to be. You don't own this blog, and Cillizza posted it with all types of Democrats and Republicans.

Funny thing about free speech, the Democrats seem to really hate it when Republicans ask for the same space to used to get out their message to level the playing field.

Did you read Debbie's statement? The Condi group has spend money on the radio and TV.
If the Democrats like Ohio Guy want to rant and rave about spending money to promote Condi, why are the Democrats trying to deny that Condi supporters have earned the right to spend it from donations to their group?

Do a google search for Americans for Dr. Rice, that website mentioned by Debbie. It is very interesting and shows Condi speaking at the Southern Baptist convention.

Condi will be included in the 2008, she can do her job as Secretary of State without getting her hands dirty. If Condi will just let the people across the nation do the work, she can accept the delegates at the Republican convention in 2008 who want her to be president.

It is called People Power.

Posted by: Tina | June 23, 2006 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Giuliani just raise something like $2 million for his Leadership Pac?

Posted by: Mike Stavos | June 23, 2006 8:43 AM | Report abuse

John Edwards is giving all of his pac money away to help the dems nationwide. Yet he is #1 in the Iowa polls. Go John

Posted by: SharonColeman | June 23, 2006 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Please get your facts straight. As a true supporter of Condi you should know she was in Tuscaloosa, not Birmingham, at a football game. The University of Alabama hosted her and Jack Straw and when questioned about running in 2008, she said a very resilent NO. Maybe she should sound a little more open to the possibility for anyone to take her seriously. We are less than 2 years out and she needs to get moving if she is to have any chance.

And like I have posted before, having been a resident of Alabama and 3 other Southern states pretty much my whole life, all the naysayers need to understand that the South is not against voting for a minority or a Mormon, for that matter, today in the 21st century. Stop with the ignorant stereotypes. For example, there are as many, or more, KKK chapters in states like Oklahoma as there are in Alabama or even Mississippi...

Posted by: Southern Progressive | June 23, 2006 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Please get your facts straight. As a true supporter of Condi you should know she was in Tuscaloosa, not Birmingham, at a football game. The University of Alabama hosted her and Jack Straw and when questioned about running in 2008, she said a very resilent NO. Maybe she should sound a little more open to the possibility for anyone to take her seriously. We are less than 2 years out and she needs to get moving if she is to have any chance.

And like I have posted before, having been a resident of Alabama and 3 other Southern states pretty much my whole life, all the naysayers need to understand that the South is not against voting for a minority or a Mormon, for that matter, today in the 21st century. Stop with the ignorant stereotypes. For example, there are as many, or more, KKK chapters in states like Oklahoma as there are in Alabama or even Mississippi...

Posted by: Southern Progressive | June 23, 2006 1:01 AM | Report abuse


Now we have two Condi Rice pluggers on this blog. Seriously you two - go parrot your Condi talking points somewhere else. Buy radio ad time or something if your PAC has so much money. It was bad enough when it was just Tina.

JimD - since you were curious, Condi is pro-choice.

Slim Girl In Pearls - since you seem to have a such a deep understanding of why the Iraq War is vital to the continued existence of the United States, why don't you strap on some boots and a helmet, grab a rifle and grab the next flight to Iraq, or basic training if you need to go there first, as I'm assuming you are not militarily trained. Put your feet where your mouth is and prove you are not just another chickenhawk bedwetter.

Posted by: Ohio guy | June 22, 2006 9:59 PM | Report abuse

While there is no doubt that the Warner PAC has done well he seems to be hitting a sour note in his scheduling. He favors New York and Hollywood while not going into areas where he needs to gather political support. He posts a "bracket" for his website and promisied a fundraiser to the big winner. I say, why not send more out to the candidates, let's try to win both houses of the Congress and stop hiring a staffer every hour with these funds. Mark, you have great potential but the poltical professionals are seeing through this maze.

Posted by: Lawrence Frogg | June 22, 2006 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Warner was head of the Southern Governor's Association and possibly the National Governor's association. I think he has met his share of political officials. At least he isn't stuck in Washington where that is all he would meet...

Posted by: Bill | June 22, 2006 6:31 PM | Report abuse

and I will include my e-mail so anyone with any thoughts on the matter may respond.
A couple of years ago, a political scientist named Philips who first gained fame for his book the emerging Republican Majority, released a book on the Bush faction, the 20,000 or so officials who are beholden to the dynasty and who give the Bushes their political clout.
My question: who is the Bush faction backing for 08?


Posted by: robert chapman | June 22, 2006 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Those who do not support the war will always find some twist to support their side, no matter what. Good thing we have Republicans in control of protecting our nation, and heaven forbid, someone must be doing their job since our nation has not been hit again in 5 years. People, get your heads on straight, if we got attacked again, the Democrats and the liberals would be screaming about how Bush and the Republicans failed. But where is any thanks for doing their job now and protecting us? Nothing from Democrats or liberals, so they are politiziing the war as much as Tom Dashel of S Dakota, as he delayed votes and dragged his feet to block President Bush on Homeland Security. Thank goodness the people of his state booted his multi-millionaire butt out of the Senate.

Now on the issue of Condi, I put more trust in General Tommy Franks and the evidence to justify the war planning in his book. He stood up at the convention in New York and spoke the truth, "it is better to fight them over there than here."

The anti-war people are lucky they live in a nation where they can spout off and parade as much as they please without fear of getting their heads cut off or their eye gouged out. Yes, freedom is a wonderful thing, but that group of anti-war people fail to understand military soldiers are dying to protect their freedom in a nation ruled by a majority of people put into power by voters. If Democrats take over in 2006, I wish the United States all the best of luck. It will need it.

Posted by: Slim Girl in Pearls | June 22, 2006 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Anyone interested in evaluating the possiblity of a run by Condi Rice for president should watch the "Frontline" special "The Dark Side". Condi Rice was at the center of the effort to manufacture evidence to support the pre existing agenda within the Cheney Bush team to invade Iraq.

Evidence was provided over and over again by the CIA and other elements of the intellegenc community that flatly contradicted most of the arguments put forward to justify the invasion. Rice sacrificed her integrity on the alter of her ambition. She is morally and ethically unfit for her current office, much less the presidency.

Advocates and apologists for this administration and the GOP leadership in Congress share a common characteristic with their leadership: Cognative Disonance... When confronted with facts that don't fit your ideology or agenda, do the GOP thing... ignore reality, distroy your critics, and let the families of our dead and wounded troops pay the cost in blood and let our children and grandchildren pay the cost in borrowed money. In the mean time, let the new fear and smear campaign begin as the GOP once again seeks to hold on the power by dividing the country.

Posted by: nate from appleton wi | June 22, 2006 3:35 PM | Report abuse


Many people have said that Dr. Rice is too moderate socially for the Republican base. I have never seen her state an opinion on the key social issues or any domestic issues, for that matter. Do you have any indication as to what her stands on any of these issues might be? I tend to agree with those who say that a lot of the Southern GOP base will never vote for a black woman. The question is would crossover votes from black Democrats offset the loss of these white voters. It might be difficult to project because pollsters have found that people tend to lie to them about black candidates. Most black candidates running against whites underperform compared to their pre-election polls.

Posted by: JimD | June 22, 2006 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Well, folks, get ready for debate week after week from now until November 2008. The media will be feeding us polls, twisting facts about President Bush and using every tool in their liberal hands to give the Democrats a win in 2008.

No wonder readership is going down in our nation. People are losing trust in the media to get their facts straight.

I came in here to read some data. With all the negative garbage, I think I will leave and go watch some sports.

Posted by: Tom | June 22, 2006 3:10 PM | Report abuse

There is a huge movement to promote Condi for president.

There are other sites which are selling campaign items like a business, and they are not political action committees. But they all help to feed the momentum of how people are getting organized across the nation to get Condi on the ballot.

There have been conventions across the nation starting with Wisconsin in 2005 talking about Condi for President. Even Dick Morris is making a few million with the idea of Condi runnning in a recent book.

It is interesting the Democrats keep yapping about WMD. I guess it shows their narrow mind instead of the power of Condi in the state department right now. If she is able to stablize the turmoil in the Middle East over the next year, you can bet the Democrats will try to ruin her.

Watch for the smear campaign as the Democrats and the liberals try to destroy Condi in the minds of voters. Good thing there is a vast army of volunteers getting organized now to combat the nasty stuff.

Condi will win the battle of ideas and she will have the strength to take on the challengers. She will win on facts and win on experience.

Posted by: Tina | June 22, 2006 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Neither Biden nor Edwards have an updated report since 3/31. Edwards had like $7 K in the bank and Joe Biden had a couple hundred thousand. Nothing spectacular from either one.

Posted by: RMill | June 22, 2006 1:55 PM | Report abuse


Alabama may cheer Condi as a hometown girl but there's no way such a hard core Southern state will vote for either a woman or a black, let alone a black woman. Alot of those folks are still living in 1806, not 2006. And, I used to live there so I know what I'm talking about.

Posted by: KAS | June 22, 2006 1:22 PM | Report abuse


Alabama may cheer Condi as a hometown girl but there's no way such a hard core Southern state will vote for either a woman or a black, let alone a black woman. Alot of those folks are still living in 1806, not 2006. And, I used to live there so I know what I'm talking about.

Posted by: KAS | June 22, 2006 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I would happily give money to your CondiPAC, Ms. Watson. Sadly, I somehow misplaced my wallet. A little bird told me that it was magically moved and is now co-located in Iraq with Sadaam's WMDs.

Inasmuch as I'd like my wallet back, the next time you talk to Condi, would you ask here where Sadaam's WMDs are so that I could simultaneously get my wallet back. It's clear to all of us that Condi knows where the WMDs are, right? After all, she said so.

Until then, the check is in the mail.

Posted by: Gaithersburg, MD | June 22, 2006 1:12 PM | Report abuse

As a volunteer for Americans for Dr. Rice, allow me to list a few expenses paid for by our 527 to promote Condi Rice for president.

First of all, since we are an independent group, we are not donating money to Republicans and therefore won't be accused of any "money-laundering" or "moving funds from one group to another group". All of the funds raised by donations to Americans for Dr. Rice ( is for the promotion of and financing of the draft movement for Condi to be on the ballots in primary states for 2008.

May I say that since Alabama is Condi's homestate, with over 100,000 cheering for her and British Foreign Minister Jack Straw at the football game in Birmingham. Condi supporters passed out T-shirts and bumper stickers to many who were cheering for Condi in the stadium. (Worldwide coverage of the event was displayed at our website)

Now, here is a list of advertising which I know of:
February 2005- radio ads for 2 months on WHO radio in Iowa followed by radio ads running in New Hampshire and Florida.

Our booth at the National Federation of Republican Women convention in Nashville collected thousands of dollars in donations. (The Tennessee newspapers ignored our group and the hundreds of women who flocked to our booth for information and to watch our ad running on the computer screen.)

$4000 was spent to air our Condi ad during primetime for the season premiere in New Hampshire of "Commander in Chief" in September 2005.

$2000 for one weeks-worth of Condi ads in October 2005 on ABC shows in Des Moines, Iowa for "Commander in Chief", "Good Morning America", "The View", "ABC evening news", and the local morning shows for WOI-TV.

(All of this resulted in free media coverage which some reporters called

Americans for Dr. Rice also had a display booth at the California state convention, and an independent straw poll gave the results as Condi as the top choice by 29% of the delegates. Newspapers in California boosted about Condi on the ticket (either as president or vice-president) in 2008 as possibly winning the state on election day.

Before the Memphis Southern Republican convention, radio ads were purchased on Clear Channel programs. This was followed by funds paid for the display booth to collect donations. Condi won 32 write-in votes, (more than Rudy or Newt collected.

Before the Texas State convention, our group created new radio ads which played for the week prior to the event. Again, a display booth was purchased, and a strong delegation from Washington DC, New Mexico, and Texas interacted with Republican delegates.

One fact is certain, if anyone looks at the national polls, (Marist, Gallup, Pew, and others) whenever Condi's name is included, she always is at the top-tier with Rudy and McCain. She is worth millions of advertising dollars because of her strong name ID, 60% job approval ratings, and worldwide coverage in every nation she visits on behalf of President Bush.

Now consider this: if President Bush decides Condi will be his legacy, he will place his arm around her shoulders at the podium and announce to the nation "This is my heir apparent and I want you to support her."

Would the Washington Post reporters accept this? They might scream and yell, but they have been part of the debate about who would replace Cheney if his health became life-threatening and have proclaimed that Condi would the choice as the next VP.

It is my opinion that our 527 group is worth more than the all the money in the bank for Frist or McCain or Giuliani. She might come in as Number 1 or 2 or 3 in the Iowa straw poll in August 2007, a far better test of the political mood than any other straw poll.

Based on support in Iowa, New Hampshire, S Carolina and Alabama, our group will be able to "draft Condi" for the 2008 White House.

In case none of the readers at this blog haven't heard about our group nor our ads promoting Condi for President, it might be an example of why I am forced to come into a blog to explain all of this. For whatever reason, our message is being blocked by newspapers. Some political pundits view us as a lost cause, but that negative energy from the media makes us, the volunteers of Americans for Dr. Rice more determined to work hard, donate money, find more people to build support groups in states ready to collect signatures on petitions to put Condi on the ballots in 2008.

The reason I am finally sharing our plan with the blog readers is so that it is not a shock when the media asks the question, "how did they do that?" Reporters from around the world have called our DC office to cover our movement, and now I can share this news with you.

Again, our website is

You will be hearing more about us in the coming months, especially after the November 2006 election.

Posted by: Debbie Watson ( | June 22, 2006 1:03 PM | Report abuse

How much did the Dems other than Warner spend in New Hampshire, Iowa, etc.?
And could you please post the url to the FEC reports that you're citing? thanks!

Posted by: Spencer | June 22, 2006 11:40 AM | Report abuse

How has Edwards PAC been doing?

Posted by: IMHO | June 22, 2006 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Is Biden's, "Unite Our States" PAC doing anything of consequence?

Posted by: ag | June 22, 2006 11:01 AM | Report abuse

When asked at a George Soros fundraiser for his WesPAC how much money he needed, Clark responded "as little as possible", preferring instead for the cash to go to Democratic candidates competing for seats in 06.

Clinton and Warner (in particular) have been running around the country collecting money for themselves with little regard to the impact on local candidates.

Warner (for instance) has created an "American Idol" style contest among candidates so that he can dole out $5K apiece to the 10 winners in order to increase his email list, but it's seen as self-serving and cynical among the netroots.

If he was interested more in helping the 06 candidates, he'd invest more in them (the total for this 'contest' is only $50K) than he did in his yKos party (reportedly $75K). It's as if someone wrote him a script to follow on "how to relate to the grassroots". He needs a new scriptwriter -- so far, his efforts are in-authentic.

Posted by: Red State Dem | June 22, 2006 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Your comment on WESPAC may be a little off the mark. Gen. Clark's method of fundraising for supported candidates is to encourage direct donations to the candidates' campaigns, rather than directing donations through WESPAC. Such donations are, therefore, not included as WESPAC donations or spending.

Posted by: Troy Simpson | June 22, 2006 9:49 AM | Report abuse

There are two views from today's post - who is and is not doing well on the money end, and how the candidates use the money to buy influence among political machines to aid in their own campaign.

The idea that McCain or anyone else can buy my vote by influencing the local political machine is insulting - it also underminds a true democratic process.

The system is beyond broken -

Bobby Wightman-Cervantes

PS the ACLU RICO suit which is now filed in New York federal court can be viewed at

Posted by: Bobby Wightman-Cervantes | June 22, 2006 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Warner is doing well tactically among the money crowd and cultivating the netroots. But where's the beef? He remains underwhelming and mealy mouthed on tough issues. At some point he has to start taking concrete stands on core Democratic issues.

Posted by: Intrepid Liberal Journal | June 22, 2006 8:10 AM | Report abuse

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