House Dems not paying dues

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  1. Wiseacre
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    Odd - how come these guys aren't ponying up? Doesn't portend a whole lot of confidence for the upcoming election. Dunno if the Senate Dems are in the same boat or not - didn't see anything about them in the article. Miscreants are being told if they don't pay in full then they don't get to go to the convention; and Pelosi is trying to shame them into paying by taking down their pictures in the lobby of the Dem Party HQ.

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    Prying open members’ fists is an election year ritual for leaders of both parties, but Democrats contend this time around has been particularly frustrating. Facing a team of deep-pocketed Republican outside groups poised to swamp them in TV ad spending — and with the party not benefiting from the kind of wave conditions that lifted Republicans two years ago — Democrats say the stinginess of their lawmakers has left them severely weakened as the fall campaign season approaches.

    Democrats say they’ve tried just about everything to get their colleagues to open their wallets. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has told members that unless they pay their dues in full, they won’t get to partake in the committee’s Democratic National Convention package, complete with access to much sought-after hotel rooms and parties. And in early June, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tried to shame her members into giving, distributing notes to each of them with a request for cash and asking them if they are part of “the team.”

    The push hasn’t had much success. As of June 30, 64 Democrats — around one-third of the entire caucus — hadn’t paid anything to the DCCC, according to a party document provided to POLITICO. Another 109 members had paid only a portion of what they owe in dues, which are calculated based on seniority and committee assignments.

    In June, GOP members flooded the National Republican Congressional Committee with nearly $6.4 million. The DCCC secured just $1.8 million from Democratic lawmakers.
    Removing a lawmaker’s picture from the national Democratic Party’s headquarters might sound like the ultimate indignity, but officials tasked with expanding the party’s House ranks contend that it’s more than fitting treatment for those they no longer regard as team players.
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    The lack of giving is a problem because members — many of whom have flush campaign accounts — typically are one of the DCCC’s largest sources of funding.

    Republicans have been much more generous doling out cash to their candidates in hard-fought races, second quarter fundraising reports released last week show.
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    Some Democrats say they haven’t ponied up because they aren’t fully confident in their own reelection prospects. Memories of 2010 — when well-funded Republican outside groups targeted them mercilessly in the final weeks of the campaign — have instilled fear they are no longer safe electorally.
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    Surprisingly, even some of Pelosi’s top lieutenants have been tight-fisted. Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and George Miller of California, two close allies, had paid less than $300,000 apiece. They each owe $450,000.

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    I'm reminded of a story, it's a little foggy, something about rats and sinking ships?
     
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    Liberals, they want to unionize everything and force average joes to pay union dues, but they of course dont have to, they're way too special and above the rules they make
     

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