CQ Politics: One Lobbyist on Track to Channel $2.5 Million to DCCC

Written by admin on October 24th, 2010

CQ Politics reports on one registered lobbyist who has raised significant sums for this election cycle for the Democrats.

CQ Politics

A longstanding practice on K Street, political contribution bundling was elevated to an art form by President George W. Bush ’s campaigns earlier this decade.

Democrats made the gifts a target in their ethics rewrite three years ago, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, which required candidates and parties to disclose to the FEC those campaign contributors who directed $16,000 or more during a given year.

In the past three months, Wolff has held more than 40 fundraising events for House Democrats, the source confirmed. His biggest months this cycle came in August and September, when fundraising records show he raised a combined $866,500 for the DCCC.

“People who used to work on the Hill raise money for the people they know,” Democratic lobbyist Steve Elmendorf said. “I give [Wolff] a lot of credit. That’s a lot of money to raise. He has a close relationship with the Speaker. He’s going to do everything he can to help her.”

But it’s also uncertain whether Wolff, who declined to comment for this article, will continue to bundle money for the DCCC after the midterm elections. A former DCCC executive director, Wolff is a key downtown ally to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), whose leadership prospects in her Caucus are undoubtedly contingent on how well her party performs on Election Day.

Wolff is senior vice president of external affairs at the Edison Electric Institute, a job that also requires him to raise money this cycle for Republicans, including Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.) and open-seat candidate Ben Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle who is running to replace retiring Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.


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