January 12th, 2010
03:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Democratic leader to call on top donors to give to Coakley

(CNN) - The Democratic Party's top donors will be urged Tuesday to open up their wallets for Martha Coakley as party leaders scramble to provide her with the financial resources needed to try and win the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat, a Democratic Party source tells CNN.

Up to 500 donors are expected to participate in the afternoon conference phone call that will be led by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine. Kaine "will make the pitch to the donors and the case against [Republican opponent Scott] Brown," said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Coakley is also expected to appear on the call where "she will highlight the importance of the race and her own credentials."

The goal is to raise "in the significant six-figure range in the next 48 hours," the source added. Separately, the DNC is expected to inject $500,000 into the race, the source noted.

A DNC spokeswoman would not confirm the call.

Coakley will be in Washington Tuesday to attend a fundraiser with members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. And the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent an email Tuesday signed by Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, asking for donations.

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Brown's campaign said it was able to raise $1.3 million in an Internet fundraising campaign on Monday.

The special election to fill the seat will be held Jan. 19.


Filed under: DNC • Martha Coakley
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. wow

    The debate was moderated by CNN's David Gergen. Near the end of the debate, he had two questions for Brown and Coakley each. After putting Brown on the spot over Roe v. Wade and "climate change," Gergen turned to the Democrat with his hardest hitting questions of the night.

    "Do you think it was right to insist on three people being at the debate?" Gergen asked Coakley. Yes, she did.

    He followed up with this doozy: "As you look back on the campaign, do you have any second thoughts on how the campaign has unfolded?"

    "Absolutely not," she said.

    January 12, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. wow

    Then I will just make another donation to Brown :)

    January 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Nothing New Here

    All three of the candidates are losers. And since all three are losers, all Americans will end up being losers.

    I wonder what would happen if only 3 people in the entire state voted and it ended up being a three way tie.

    January 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. The Divided States of America

    Of course, it's time to buy the votes just like always. How many fraudulent votes do you think the democrats will create this time?

    Democrats need to keep the elections fair!

    Do not steal – this includes elections!

    January 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Freeman

    Maybe she can use the extra money to hire someone to do a spell check on her campaign ads....

    January 12, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Jeremiah

    Yes, welcome to American politics. Buy your way into politics, which ironically is buying your way into public service. Aka, the richer you are or the richer your friends are, the more likely you are to win. No wonder Dems and Repubs are such "wonderful" leaders and are so "concerned" about the general public.

    January 12, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. John Johnston, Smithfield, UT

    Just another example of how Dems operate....fast and loose, with no attention to detail. Her handlers can't even spell the name of the State she wants to represent..........shame on them.

    January 12, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Nick

    What good is more money if people don't find her message appealing? If anyone should be shouting for change, it should be the voters of Massachusetts.

    January 12, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Obama Victim

    sounds like they are scared to death......

    January 12, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Gary

    Don't give her money, give her a job because we sure don't want her working as a senator!!!!

    January 12, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. stevegee

    The Democrats are like rats trying to bail out a sinking ship...

    Coakley is a mere puppet of The PropOganda Machine - don't fall for it Massachusetts citizens.

    Vote for Scott Brown so we can Check & Balance the liberals in Washington.

    January 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Sue

    What's the matter Martha-–did you expect that you would be just handed the crown to take over the Kennedy monarchy in Massachusetts???

    You and the Democrats considered Massachusetts an automatic win-and now you have to fight to keep the seat???

    As Scott Brown said during the debate last night......."This is not Ted Kennedy's seat, this is the people's seat".

    Scott Brown raised over $1.3 million in 24 hours.

    This is GREAT-–the Democrats having to fight/defend a seat in a Democrat stronghold state.

    Just wait to see what happens in the November, 2010 elections.

    January 12, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. John in Indy

    Martha Coakley is an immoral fraud! in the mid '80s Gerald Amirault of Malden, MA and his family had run a respectable daycare for years. They were trapped by the child abuse witch hunts and were convicted on the testimony of quacks that have since been discredited. Of the dozens of innocent men and women who were imprisoned, by '01 only Amirault was still jailed. The parole board in '01 unanimously voted for clemency. Gov Jane Swift agreed. Enter Middlesex county DA Martha Coakly... She gunned for her current seat as chief state attorney and aggressively fought to keep an innocent man, Amirault, imprisoned. She got the job and he remained jailed for many more years. Immoral, immoral, immoral!!!!!

    January 12, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Mike1952

    And the highest bidder is.......... National politics is shameful. Buying power and influence with no intention of representing the people. They are all scoundrels.

    January 12, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. JK Ashburn, VA

    Me thinks there is some serious panic in the Dem party. They know full well that if the Mass race is even close, that the omens for November are really poor and more of their folks will be retiring or prospects not be persuaded to run. Coakley has run a terrible race proving she'll be a loyal stooge to the party "leadership".

    January 12, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. all the news that's fit to omit

    Brown raised 1.3 MILLION dollars yesterdayy ONLINE from small donors, where WAS THAT POSTING CNN?

    This is the third posting today for her.

    This Liberal stepford loser is a rubber stamp for all that is wrong in this Country and will only win because she is a woman , a liberal and the SEIU and ACORN are getting involved.

    Time for real change in MASSACHUSETTS – see Martha, I CAN SPELL MY STATE'S NAME.

    Scott Brown for Senate.

    January 12, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Eugene, Tampa

    And someone tell me how Democrats are different from Republicans?

    January 12, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Glenn Koons

    Same old same. Elect another socialist pacifist to keep spending, keep taxing, and voting for all the radical leftist agenda that is ruining our economy and national security. This candidate could not debate at all last night with Brown. He blasted her logic, which was nil. So many liberals emote but never give facts. Brown destroyed her ideology and hopefully Mass. voters will see that. More money spent for another liberal spendthrift is just a waste of money.

    January 12, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Tom L.

    Now why would a Democrat be worried about winning an election in Massachusetts? Are they actually starting to see that people are not happy with the way they are governing?

    January 12, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Marion/Birmingham,Al

    Why don't John Kerry just step up to the plate and put in the $500,000 himself,hell his wife is worth billions.

    January 12, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Rosie, Crestiview, FL

    I gave her $25. I hope other democrats step up to the plate.

    January 12, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. unemployed by Obama

    give us your money before we atx you, normal DEMONcrate way.

    January 12, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I don't understand why people of any significant wealth would donate money to a Democrat. It's really not in their best interests–why try to help someone get elected one of whose principal objectives is to soak "the rich" whenever possible and to the greatest extent possible?

    January 12, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. GuyInVA

    If anyone out there is in need of a good laugh (aren't we all?), I encourage you to read Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry's column about his visit to Denver during the Democratic National Convention. His inability to get past the fact that the Mayor's name is Hickenlooper makes it worth reading.

    January 12, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Mike

    The demorats will empty their pockets to ensure the democratic party can empty the rest of America's pockets. PATHETIC....

    January 12, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |