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… The D.N.C. ‘ s Debt Paralysis has the Dems in Deep Trouble …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 1st,2013

.. There is another budget crisis in Washington, and it’s unfolding inside the Democratic party. The Democratic National Committee remains so deeply in the hole from spending in the last election that it is struggling to pay its own vendors. It is a highly unusual state of affairs for a national party — especially one that can deploy the President as its fundraiser-in-chief — and it speaks to the quiet but serious organizational problems the party has yet to address since the last election, obscured in part by the much messier spectacle of GOP infighting.

The Democrats’ numbers speak for themselves: Through August, 10 months after helping President Obama secure a second term, the DNC owed its various creditors a total of $18.1 million, compared to the $12.5 million cash cushion the Republican National Committee is holding.

.. Senior strategists close to the DNC say they worry the organization appears to have no road map back to solvency. “They really thought they could get this money raised by the summer,” one said, “but the fact is, from talking to people over there, they have no real plan for how to solve this.”

Sources close to the DNC say officials there have quietly laid the blame in part on the White House. It’s no secret that DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who also represents an area around Miami in the U.S. House, lacks strong relationships inside the administration. But it’s not even clear who at the White House should be minding the problem these days, following the exodus of President Obama’s top political brains.

By the DNC’s count, the President has headlined 15 DNC fundraisers this year. In an indication Obama is stepping up his commitment, two of those took place last week alone — the first tacked onto his trip to New York for the United Nations General Assembly meeting, and the second later in the week at The Jefferson, a posh hotel a half-mile north of the White House on 16th Street. A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

.. Another critical factor that appears to be hobbling the DNC’s fundraising is the emergence of Organizing for Action (OFA), the independent nonprofit created by Obama campaign alums in the wake of the election to push the President’s second-term agenda. An earlier iteration of that group was housed inside the DNC during the first term, but the Obama brain trust assessed it fell well short of its potential there. Now based in Chicago and headed by Jim Messina, who managed Obama’s reelection, the outfit leases the campaign’s vaunted email list and controls the @BarackObama Twitter handle (current follower count: 37.2 million), using both to drive its message and raise money.

.. The group can raise unlimited sums from deep-pocketed donors, and there is some evidence it is siphoning resources from the DNC. All of the top-tier OFA donors this year have been prolific supporters of the DNC in past years. But of the 13 who cut six-figure checks to OFA in the first half of this year, only three gave to the DNC over the same period, according to a review of records from the Center for Responsive Politics. This makes some intuitive sense.

..  While the DNC is engaged in the prosaic work of off-year party-building — a catch-all portfolio of tasks that involves, among other things, supporting state party organizations, helping down-ballot candidates, and paying for odds and ends, like expressly political travel by top administration officials — OFA offers the glamour of helping the President wage the battles unfolding day by day on the front pages. That pitch, more or less, is easy: “Supported Obama for a second term? Contribute to OFA and help him secure his legacy.” The DNC’s by definition is murkier.

“Donors are being pulled in two directions, and there’s absolutely no doubt it’s impacted the DNC’s fundraising,” one top Democratic operative said. “I’m hearing it from donors regularly that they’re being told to help one and not the other.”

That the DNC has been allowed to drift so much is in part a function of the calendar. But with the 2014 midterms coming into view, expect the party’s Congressional leadership to start applying more pressure on the White House to get involved. Without sustained help from the President, the committee will not be in a position to provide material support in that campaign. Mustering that presidential muscle will only get tougher as Obama’s second term wears on, once his attention turns to legacy projects like fundraising for his library, and big donors puzzle over whether the committee becomes a stalking-horse for a presidential bid by Hillary Clinton — or somebody else.

LEC here again — the D.N.C. has to get its act together , and soon . The state parties are going to expect help , and not just in terms of bodies . They are going to need financial help , too , and plenty of it . The DemoCraps have fires to put out all over the place , and to have a raging blaze at party HQ at this time in the cycle is a really bad idea . The sooner they can knock out the debt , the better off they will be .

.. A president ‘ s party generally has no trouble fundraising , but this time around , the D.N.C. is having to compete with O.F.A. . The DNC and the campaign committees in the House and Senate generally have no trouble countering this trend , but even they may be having problems .

.. Organizing for America is POTUS old campaign arm . It can do alot , and it is loyal to him . It cannot do one important thing , though . It cannot co – ordinate with candidates . Those kind of antics are a very big no – no . The party committees , however , can , but if there is little that they can do , in terms of tech , bodies , and $$ , then the Dems are big time screwed . They are going to need the Mother of All Presidential Fundraisers to get out of hock , and fast …


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… I am Thankful that the R.N.C. agrees with Me …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,August 16th,2013

.. and that CNN and NBC will not be able to participate in the upcoming debate season . At least one that is sponsored by the

Seal of the RNC

Seal of the RNC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Republican National Committee , or by those of the State parties .

.. A Unanimous vote helps . So would some more concrete steps by the parties to incentivize or penalize the states in continuing to go along . The candidates , well , that is another issue . Getting them to co – operate may not be all that easy . Hopefully , they will see the wisom of the manuveur . Once more than one does so , the other candidates will eventually be forced to follow suit .

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… Reince Priebus is Right …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,August 8th,2013

.. If pMSNBC or CNN want to participate in the G.O.P. -sponsored debates , they had better put their consideration of their pro “Hillary” ads on the shelf . For Good ..

.. for the record , CNN is putting on an hour – long documentary on Miz Hillary . pNBC is planning on airing a four – hour

Reince Priebus

… Reince Priebus …

miniseries about you-know-who , about her life from (curiously) 1998 to the present . A further examination of  her earlier life would most certainly dig up some very interesting and juicy nuggets , being …

[-] the Lewinsky Affair , [-] the 1992 and 1996 campaigns , [-] the scandals (take your pick) , her professional life (the Rose Law firm in Little Rock , AR) , along with her actions as a part of the Watergate Committee in the U.S. House . [-] her early life , [-] her college career , including her seniour honours thesis at Wellesley College , and her time at law school , where she met you-know-who …

.. Miz Hillary will have no trouble selling herself . She does , however , have a record , to defend . Not just in the ObamaCrap Administration (as SecState) , but her time in the Senate , and her political activities (including FileGate and the Fundraising scandals) during Wilhelm der Fibmeister ‘ s time degrading the White House . She does not need any help .  And the networks propose to give it to her , anyway ?

.. no , No , Absolutely , HELL NO  ! … Priebus is right on the button . If those networks want to air what are in effect campaign ads for Miz Hillary , then they can forget about participating in any G.O.P. – sponsored debates . Make sure that the “chattering classes” and the consultants get the message . Force them to play ball . Or , they can get themselves frozen out by the party , and the large campaign committees and fundraising efforts that the R.N.C. (and as many state parties as can be browbeaten into line) can bring to bear . Make them hear the message loud and clear !! …

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