Maybe a no to Obama on the campaign trail, but yes on the money trail
February 13th, 2014
04:07 PM ET
6 months ago

Maybe a no to Obama on the campaign trail, but yes on the money trail

Washington (CNN) - With President Barack Obama's approval ratings near all-time lows, there are a number of congressional Democrats facing challenging reelection campaigns this year who aren't screaming for him to join them on the campaign trail.

But when it comes to fundraising, Obama remains the party's top rainmaker, and lawmakers definitely want his help accumulating campaign cash.


Thursday, Rep. Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told House Democrats meeting at a retreat in Cambridge, Maryland, that Obama has committed to six DCCC fundraisers this year.

A Democratic source who was in the room when Israel made his presentation added that the DCCC chairman said that Obama has the potential to do more fundraisers.

One will be on March 20 at the Miami, Florida, home of former NBA star Alonzo Mourning, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.

The news about the fundraisers comes a few days after a Democratic official told CNN that the President had signed up to headline six fundraisers for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Two of the events will be held in New York and Washington.

And Obama will be the main attraction at three fundraisers later this month and in March for the Democratic National Committee.

Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs in November's midterm elections.

And half of the seats the Democrats are defending are located in red or purple states. In the House, the Democrats need to win back a challenging 17 GOP held seats to regain control of the chamber.

Thanks in part to Obama’s help, both party committee's out-raised their GOP counterparts last year. The money will be needed. To date this cycle, outside conservative groups, led by Americans For Prosperity, have greatly outspent outside Democratic groups in the 2014 campaign ad wars.

According to the source at the Democratic retreat, Israel said the DCCC would attempt to make the  House contests about "who's on your side," and that Democrats running for reelection need stay on offense, no matter the political environment.

Republicans feel emboldened due to the President's low approval ratings and the well- publicized problems last year with the start-up of Obamacare. And the traditional smaller and older electorate during the midterm contests usually favors the GOP over the Democrats.


Filed under: 2014 • DCCC • DSCC • President Obama
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  1. just asking

    i thought democrats were always crying and screaming that money was evil when it came to campaigns? or does that only apply to their opponents contributions? i guess that is why they have the irs working overtime to attack and harass the tea party groups.

    February 13, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. troppo1

    i'll be donating and voting..Straight Dem..

    February 13, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l

    @The Real TP,
    I sent a long-winded (what else is new with me? ) reply to you yesterday and it actually posted! It's one of the last comments in the "senate passes debt ceiling plan in blow to conservatives". I hope you get a chance to read it and reply.
    *****************
    I did, and I appreciate the sentiment. Even if we did not agree, at least we managed to mind our manners this time out. I do sympathize with you on a lot of the Civil liberties issues, but I've just come to a different conclusion. I agonize over these issues, and they are seldom clear-cut to me, but I am someone who just cannot trust conservatives on many things. I saw too many things pulled by them, dating back to the Nixon years ( yes, my politization began when I was 6) for me to trust them. My only problem with the Libertarians is that you have not had to actually govern: if there were Libertarian governors, or Senators, or Members of the House, your guys would have an actual track record. I would actually like to see that happen, since it would put a brake on the worst tendencies of both parties.

    February 13, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    Typical of hypocritical lawmakers.

    Reminds me of Georgia's governor, Nathan (Crooked) Deal. He is always complaining about Federal spending, yet when we get a little snow and ice, he wants to have an Emergency Declaration until Sunday, so the Federal Government (FEMA) can 'share' in the expense. The main expense is to power companies, phone and cable companies (all HUGELY profitable); the roads were largely clear within 36 hours.

    And, BTW, the news interprets Deal's 'Emergency Declaration' to mean: Stay off the Roads. How's that helping business?

    I hope we have another Carter for governor by next year.

    February 13, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. yolanda

    @troppo, it's (dis)heartening to learn that you put so much thought into voting. You sound like the mirror image of the Tea Party people. You must be proud.

    February 13, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    i thought democrats were always crying and screaming that money was evil when it came to campaigns? or does that only apply to their opponents contributions? i guess that is why they have the irs working overtime to attack and harass the tea party groups.
    ************
    Geez, I thought the Right loved money, provided it comes from an astroturf group as opposed to a horrible labor union. Imagine that, working people actually contributing towards a compaign: imagine that, Mitt, they actually think they matter! Now, how many car elevators do you have, and where is your illegal housekeeper?

    February 13, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Matt

    Obama has been campaigning for his entire term. He is always on the road since his agenda is poor. People are sick and tired of seeing Obama on tv and hearing his voice. Even if you do not like the Democrats I think we all can agree seeing little to no more Obama is a good thing. Scratch that... a GREAT thing!

    February 13, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. anonymous

    Thursday, Rep. Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told House Democrats meeting at a retreat in Cambridge, Maryland, that Obama has committed to six DCCC fundraisers this year.
    A Democratic source who was in the room when Israel made his presentation added that the DCCC chairman said that Obama has the potential to do more fundraisers.
    --–

    So much for governing this country. Heck, this amount of campaign fund raising and Obama will have to cancel some golf games or heaven forbid, one of his many vacations. Bu tfear not, rest assured that the USA taxpayers are picking up the tab for all of this campaign fund raising. Corruption in action.

    February 13, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. freedom

    I thought Obama made it clear that he detests wealthy people. Oh, but that would mean he detests himself and all those enabling his destructive policies. His hubris will be his downfall.

    February 13, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I have never in my life seen any GOP ad that had ANY TRUTH in it, just bs by the Koch traitors and teaparty clown groups!!!!

    February 13, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Obama will do everything within his power to gain seats in the midterms. Criminal or not. Voter fraud can be expected, anywhere they can make that work........which means anywhere they don't have voter ID.

    February 13, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. S. B. Stein

    When it comes to the unfortunate need to raise money to run for election/re-election, it is an unfortunate necessary of today. I would hope that it wouldn't need to be done.

    February 13, 2014 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |