Tuesday, January 15, 2008



A story in this yesterday's Congressional Quarterly talks about how three Democratic leaders, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Rahm Emanuel gave a boatload of money to Democratic incumbents and challengers.
Emanuel was particularly active. The former Democratic Campaign Committee chairman’s Our Common Values PAC gave $107,000 to 31 congressional candidates since Nov. 22, including 16 House freshmen. Freshmen are generally more vulnerable because they’re not as politically ensconced as other incumbents.

I decided to dig around in the dirt a little and see who exactly were the recipients of Emanuel's largess. In the 2008 election cycle so far, Emanuel's Our Common Values PAC scooped up $587,114 (as of November 21). As of then he spent $444,108, almost of which went to congressional candidates. (Here's a list of his donors. I know some of these people; I feel ill.) Here's the list of the incumbents and challengers he donated to (the number next to the amount of the donation is their Progressive Punch ranking, based on "Chips Are Down" votes in the current congressional session; anything under an 80 connotes someone who votes against progressive legislation on a regular basis):

Adler, John (D-NJ)  $10,000
Altmire, Jason (D-PA)  $5,000 (67.63)
Arcuri, Michael (D-NY)  $8,500 (89.37)
Barnes, Kay (D-MO)  $3,500
Barrow, John (D-GA)  $7,500 (53.27-- currently the most reactionary Democrat in the House)
Bean, Melissa (D-IL)  $7,500 (73.79)
Blumenauer, Earl (D-OR)  $5,000 (93.96)
Boccieri, John (D-OH)  $6,000
Boswell, Leonard L (D-IA)  $7,000 (85.71)
Boyda, Nancy E (D-KS)  $7,000 (80.39)
Carney, Chris (D-PA)  $10,000 (67.55)
Courtney, Joe (D-CT)  $5,000 (91.55)
Daskas, Robert (D-NV)  $3,000
Donnelly, Joe (D-IN)  $8,000 (65.94)
Driehaus, Steven Leo (D-OH)  $6,000
Edwards, Chet (D-TX)  $6,000 (80.34)
Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN)  $6,000 (66.91)
Feder, Judy (D-VA)  $1,000
Giffords, Gabrielle (D-AZ)  $7,500 (76.51)
Gillibrand, Kirsten E (D-NY)  $7,500 (81.11)
Hall, John (D-NY)  $7,500 (90.58)
Halvorson, Debbie (D-IL)  $5,000
Hill, Baron (D-IN)  $10,000 (68.6)
Himes, Jim (D-CT)  $2,500
Hodes, Paul (D-NH)  $6,000 (93.0)
Kagen, Steven (D-WI)  $7,000 (87.68)
Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH)  $10,000
Kissell, Larry (D-NC)  $5,000
Klein, Ron (D-FL)  $10,000 (83.25)
Lampson, Nick (D-TX)  $10,000 (59.9)
Lipinski, Dan (D-IL)  $2,500 (86.2)
Loebsack, David (D-IA)  $7,000 (92.75)
Maffei, Dan (D-NY)  $2,000
Mahoney, Tim (D-FL)  $7,500 (75.12)
Massa, Eric (D-NY)  $1,000
Marshall, Jim (D-GA)  $7,500 (61.86)
McCamley, Bill (D-NM)  $1,500
McNerney, Jerry (D-CA)  $8,500 (83.09)
Mitchell, Harry (D-AZ)  $7,500 (74.88)
Murphy, Chris (D-CT)  $7,000 (90.82)
Murphy, Patrick (D-PA)  $5,000 (79.47)
Peters, Gary (D-MI)  $5,000
Rodriguez, Ciro D (D-TX)  $6,000 (88.41)
Schauer, Mark (D-MI)  $7,500
Sestak, Joe (D-PA)  $3,500 (86.47)
Shea-Porter, Carol (D-NH)  $7,500 (90.04)
Shuler, Heath (D-NC)  $7,000 (67.63)
Trauner, Gary (D-WY)  $5,000
Space, Zachary (D-OH)  $10,000 (73.12)
Stender, Linda (D-NJ)  $2,500
Tsongas, Niki (D-MA)  $5,000 (98.48)
Unger, John (D-WV)  $4,500
Walz, Timothy (D-MN)  $6,000 (86.47)
Weirauch, Robin (D-OH)  $5,000
Welch, Peter (D-VT)  $4,000 (94.93)
Versace, Dick (D-IL)  $5,000
Warner, Mark (D-VA) $5,000
Yarmuth, John A (D-KY)  $3,500 (90.05)

The bolded names are incumbents who were among the 30 dirty Dems, those voting most frequently with Bush and the Republicans on substantive matters. He also paid NAO Consulting, LLC in Chicago $55,000 and bought over $600 worth of cheese cakes from Eli's Cheesecake Company in Chicago.

Perhaps you noticed that yesterday we launched an effort to bring in some cash for the progressives running against reactionary Democrats in Illinois and Maryland next month. We're asking our readers to consider a $15 contribution-- $5 each for Donna Edwards, John Laesch, and Mark Pera-- through our Blue America page. As you can see above, these are not the kind of independent-minded candidates Emanuel will ever support. In fact, he has donated $2,500 to Lipinski, despite the fact that Lipinski votes against the Democrats on Iraq, on women's right to choice and on stem cell research (to name a few issues Emanuel doesn't care all that much about).

Just as I was about to post this story, a friend asked me which Democratic freshmen Emanuel hadn't donated to-- and if there was any correlations to high progressive scores. Here's the list of the freshmen Emanuel has ignored. It looks like he doesn't favor people of color, women and especially not progressives. Surprised?

Hirono, Mazie (D-HI) -96.86
Richardson, Laura (D-CA) -96.72
Ellison, Keith (D-MN) -93.48
Cohen, Steve (D-TN) -93.0
Sutton, Betty (D-OH) -92.72
Johnson, Hank (D-GA) -92.27
Sires, Albio (D-NJ) -91.79
Castor, Kathy (D-FL) -91.06
Hare, Phil (D-IL) -89.37
Braley, Bruce (D-IA) -85.92
Clarke, Yvette (D-NY) -85.32
Wilson, Charles (D-OH) -72.82 (strange Emanuel missed this miscreant)

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At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All these corrupt Democrats should resign from their House seats immediately!

At 8:40 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

I'm not sure what you mean by "all these," but there are at least two-- William Jefferson and Rahm Emanuel-- who, being on a par with the average corrupt Republican, should indeed resign. DWT has called for the resignation of Emanuel and Jefferson for a very long time and we'd love to see a cleaner House with no Emanuel, no Jefferson, no Virgil Goode, no Jerry Lewis, no Tom Feeney, no Duncan Hunter, no Darrell Issa, no Don Young, no John Doolittle, no Gary Miller, no Ken Calvert, no Dana Rohrabacher, no Brian Bilbray, no Patrick McHenry, no John Boehner, no Roy Blunt, no Pete Sessions, no Doc Hastings, no Mike McCaul, no Ric Keller, no Richard Baker... You agree?

At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put down the tinfoil hats. He didn't give to members in safe Democratic seats. It's no coincidence that these members are the most liberal in the caucus - they're in safe Democratic seats.

At 7:35 AM, Blogger SharonRB said...

Rahm giving $5,000 to Gary Peters kind of says it all about the primary contest between Gary and Nancy Skinner. It shows that Peters is the Rahm Emanuel-DLC candidate. Nancy is the true progressive in this race despite what Peter's supporters say about him on the Toobz.

This post at DFALink from one of Gary's supporters is a better indication of where he really is: "We are a conservative transition District. Gary is a moderate endorsed by all Senators and congr" [sic should be "congressmen," I think]

On the other hand, here's a sampling of what people had to say about Nancy: (For more, see http://www.dfalink.com/campaign.php?id=1453)

"Nancy Skinner is a true progressive, not a hand picked DLC puppet."

"Nancy will not be intimidated by insecure, "play it safe" Democrats!"

"A true Progressive who is passionate, committed and ready to serve with integrity."

"Nancy is the representive for that will work for MI, not a political hack moving to another job!"

"Nancy has the guts and the drive to make a change for the better here in Michigan. "

Follow the money....

At 7:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, some of these are good liberal people (Rep. Shea-Porter) and before you go off on people who are too conservative to be democrats why don't you consider that they are fulfilling their obligation to represent the people of their district who may, in fact, be reasonably conservative. In fact, some of the names you have in bold are far more liberal than their districts (Rep. Mitchell) and should be commended for going out on a limb.

At 6:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SharonRB - I did as you suggest and I followed the money and it appears that Nancy has very very little. The latest FEC fundraising reports shows Nancy has been very lazy in this department. She only has a little over $6,000.

As for the Rahm money, Nancy touts her ties to Sen. Obama in Illinois and Rahm is from there too. Heck, Nancy even has a video up on her website where Obama talks about how she ran against him in IL (she received 1% of the vote) With her ties to Chicago why wouldn't Rahm give her money?

I think you are being a tad bit bitter. Looks to me like Rahm is contributing money to those who are willing to work. With a 1% showing in her race in Illinois and her poor fundraising, it doesn't seem as though Nancy has any work ethic at all. Not a good characteristic for a member of Congress.


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