Politico: Dem committees seek K Street cash

Written by admin on March 14th, 2011

While President Obama claims to be declining campaign contributions from lobbyists, the Democratic Committees are aggressively seeking funds.


President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee might not want their money, but Democratic lobbyists say the House and Senate campaign committees are happily scooping up their cash and fundraising help as the 2012 election season gets under way.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are actively raising money from lobbyists put on the sidelines by Obama’s policy of banning their contributions to the DNC and his reelection campaign.

“The DSCC and the DCCC, clearly, they’re willing to take our money and have called. No question about it,” said a lobbyist who is a member of the DSCC’s Majority Trust, an elite group of donors who contribute the maximum allowed under law, which is $30,800 per year for this election cycle.

Indeed, the influence class, long a pariah in Obama’s Washington, is one of the only donor bases left untouched by the president’s reelection machine, leaving it to the committees to work, and compete, over.

And there’s big money there. In the 2010 midterm elections, 122 lobbyists raised at least $8.9 million for Democratic candidates, according to a POLITICO review of Federal Election Commission data.

The DSCC is aggressively courting lobbyists to host fundraisers, bundle contributions and give more personal money than they have in the past. Committee finance officials are e-mailing, calling and meeting with lobbyists, asking them to get more personally engaged this cycle.

“They’re trying to tap into individual Democratic lobbyists who are getting no requests from the presidential [campaign] or the DNC,” said a senior Democratic lobbyist. “They’re looking to jump into that space that is a little vacant right now.


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