Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Governors Association will announce Thursday that it raised approximately $11 million the first six months of this year.
The DGA touts that their fundraising figure is more than double what it raised during the first six months of 2007, a comparable election cycle. The DGA also reports having $8.6 million cash on hand.
"This record-breaking outpouring of support for the DGA reflects the important role Democratic governors are playing in our party's resurgence," DGA Chair and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement. "While Republican governors have focused on divisive and partisan politics, Democratic governors are leading the way by creating jobs, improving schools, and making the responsible budget cuts necessary to live within our means."
While the DGA's numbers are impressive, the Republican Governors Association continues to hold a solid fundraising advantage. Earlier this week the RGA reported that it raised $22.1 million the first half of this year, with $16.2 million in the bank.
West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi all hold gubernatorial elections this year, with 11 other states holding contests for governor in 2012.
Let's compare, say, Andrew Cuomo and Scott Walker. Both NY and WI face a huge amount of debt, so Walker gives a tax cut and then uses the crisis he helps to make worse as an excuse to break the unions. His party is looking at recall elections for some of the state senators, his approval ratings are in the tank, and he may not survive a recall in 6 months. Cuomo enacts broad-based cuts and a cap in property taxes, negotiates with the GOP that controls the State Senate, gets the tough cuts enacted and is looking at an apporval rating of roughtly 61%. Who is being honest in their actions, and who is actually showing leadership? The GOP governors have used their budgets as a crass excuse to crush unions. In MN, they won't even consider a tax on millionaires, but they want spending cuts in everything else. Governor Drayton(?) has tried to meet the GOP half-way, and, as a result, the state government has largely shut down. The GOP is more interested in ramming an ideology they would not have seriously considered 5 years ago, down the throats of the public because they see it as an opportunity. Crass political opportunism is the GOP's mantra, not governing, not compromising. Compromise is at the heart of democracy, and its clear what the GOP favors is NOT democracy.
I'm sure union members poured millions of dollars into Democrat coffers to help preserve their strangehold on the taxpayers money that pay for their extravagent benefits and salaries.
The Republican Governer's Association is about to experience a more than 50% drop in membership by 2016. Money's not going to help people forget the actions most of them have taken against the interests of the people in the states that they serve.
For example, let's look at Gov. Chris Christie, R-NJ. He's riding high feeling good about himself because he got a Democratic controlled state legislature to pass laws similar to those in Wisconsin, which restricted public employees. He's proud of himself because he got Democrats to supposedly go along with his idea.
That is a distortion of the facts. Here's what happened. The piece of legislation contained a few items that Democrats wanted, and were negotiated for and with Gov. Christie prior to the state legislature voting on it and passing it. Once it passed, the Big Apple used his line item veto pen to remove all of the stuff that he had agreed to in return for Democratic support on his anti-union bill. No wonder Republicans love him so much. Nice guy.