Major Dem group spending to help candidates in midterms
April 15th, 2014
07:48 PM ET
7 months ago

Major Dem group spending to help candidates in midterms

(CNN) - Priorities USA Action announced Tuesday it had contributed more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2014 to help Democrats gear-up for November's midterm elections.

The news came as the top Democratic group announced its first quarter fundraising numbers.

It reported raising just over $4,000 for the January-through-March period. It is not actively campaigning and still has $2.5 million cash on hand.

Priorities USA Action, the leading outside group that supported President Barack Obama's re-election, has now turned its attention to supporting Democratic candidates across the board.

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It also has begun raising money to help elect Hillary Clinton to the White House if she chooses to run in 2016.

"Our focus through the end of this cycle will continue to be supporting Democratic races in the critical midterm elections. We have already donated $500,000 to Democratic House and Senate super PACs, and we will continue to urge our donors to support these efforts as well," said Peter Kauffmann, Priorities USA Action spokesman.

Touting supporter outreach, a Priorities official said that following a February memo sent from Priorities Executive Director Buffy Wicks to encourage supporters to donate to House and Senate efforts, the Plumbers union decided to donate $500,000 to the House super PAC and $500,000 to the Senate super PAC.

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Many Democrats, particularly in the Senate, face tough re-election challenges in purple states where Republicans see opportunities to pick up seats in hopes of grabbing the majority in the upper chamber, where Democrats currently hold a 55-45 majority. Democrats are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November.

In the House, Democrats need to pick up 17 seats to regain the majority. But with a shrinking number of competitive districts, most political handicappers say it's unlikely they'll be able to do it.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Democrats • Fundraising • Priorities USA
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Smitty

    Money wont help. After Obumbles, Reid, etc failures on all fronts we have to try something else. If the repubs take over they better have a plan, but than again no plan is better than Obumbles ill thinking.

    April 15, 2014 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Anything to win, is the Democratic motto. Whether by hook, crook, or voter fraud!

    April 15, 2014 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Chris-E...al

    Thank you dems we are still a free nation and you can still spend your money on trash . And we can spend our money on treasure . .

    April 15, 2014 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. Miami Mike

    Just follow Melowese Richardson's fine Democrat example... Vote Early. Vote Often.

    April 15, 2014 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. Thomas

    It also has begun raising money to help elect Hillary Clinton to the White House if she chooses to run in 2016.

    If she chooses , she did that years ago .

    April 16, 2014 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  6. just saying

    Touting supporter outreach, a Priorities official said that following a February memo sent from Priorities Executive Director Buffy Wicks to encourage supporters to donate to House and Senate efforts, the Plumbers union decided to donate $500,000 to the House super PAC and $500,000 to the Senate super PAC.
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    ahh yes!!! the puppet masters of the democrat party steal $1,000,000 from their membership to support democrats and yet not all of these people are democrats. leftist corruption and theft in action.

    April 16, 2014 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  7. Tony in Maine

    Pocket change for the Kochs. Citizens United must be overturned by a Constitutional Amendment. Sadly it won't because the red states are too numerous. The result: within a few election cycles the oligarchs will openly own what used to be our government.

    April 16, 2014 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  8. Get Real

    OMG, where is ALL the public OUTCRY like we hear about the Koch Bros!!!!! Another example of a DOUBLE STANDARD

    April 16, 2014 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    -–well, SC told, we do....

    April 16, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  10. Dems in PA

    As a Democratic from PA I know; no amount of money is going to help the Democratic Party in the mid-term elections; the 2014 mid-terms will be worse than 2010 with more seats lost in the House and the loss of the Senate. You can put the blame directly on Democratic Party Health Care.

    April 16, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  11. A Kickin` Donkey

    Democrats are too soft on Republicans. If I were leading the party, we`d be running a series of branding ads againts the GOP titled "One Party". Dems are missing a golden opportunity to define to a GENERATION of voters why the Republican party should not be elected. A dollar spent today in this way today would deliver benefits for DECADES. Example . . . Ladies, one party can be counted on to provide LEADERSHIP and fight for equal pay FOR YOU and one Party refuses to even admit that the problem exists . . . which party is which? Who are YOU going to vote for?

    This same structure could be applied to health insurance [pre-existing condition, parental policy coverage til 26], civil rights [e.g. Stand-your-ground, stop& frisk], willingness to go to war, bringing down the deficit[ it grew under #43; has dropped under #44].
    Sooner or later the GOP will get its act together. Democrats should go for the jugular now and lock their positions into the minds of voters for the next 30 years. One Party.

    April 16, 2014 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  12. What's in that Tea Anyway?

    Dems really could get the crazed party of Hannity and Limpburger out of Washington, if they simply participated / VOTE the same way they do during national elections...Vote out anything that looks like GOP/TEA.....You know, what I don't get is if these Tea Trolls don't want a federal government, why are these geniuses trying to get elected to the congress? Are they trying to get the job, just so that they get paid to do nothing? We've already got that with the "do nothing congress"...how much worse do these angry, foolish, selfish, intolerant, Faux and fools subscribers want to make this country?

    April 16, 2014 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  13. smith

    All day long we hear about the evil Koch Bros. throwing money into political issues but Dems stay silent about their super pacs and people like George Soros. Both sides are on take and the hypocrisy from the liberals is getting old.

    April 16, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  14. Name jk. Sfl. THE KOCH BROTHERS GOP STOOGES PARTY NEEDS to be VOTED OUT IN NOVEMBER !!!!

    If the country WANTS to move FORWARD and get OUT of gridlock , it's time to go out to vote in droves and bout OUT the GOP clowns . Just imagin the incompetent and disorganized GOP getting control of the senate with their 13% approval tarring , and I don't know how it could be THAT HIGH. This would mean NOTHING would get done for the next two years. It's time to call their bluff on the aca and misinformation on the healthcare act and kick these useless GOP clowns out of office for the good of the country!!!!! Go out and vote in this IMPORTANT ELECTION!!!!!

    April 16, 2014 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's nice...
    Here's what they really need to do: get President Obama out on a bunch of tv ads urging, nay, imploring Democrats, Indies, and Moderates to get out there and vote during these mid-term elections.
    It is the Democratic Party's ONLY sure-fire way to get the voters out there in the numbers that they need in order to keep the Senate and possibly, possibly gain the House.
    Democrats need to awaken the electorate and prompt into action via voting.

    April 16, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Hard to help people who have PROVEN, they are destroying this country, with their policies. Democrat stands for anti-American.

    April 16, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  17. Gunderson

    Well Shucks Fire,
    I can give you 18 Trillion reasons to kick out the Liberals/Democrats but I don't have to. But heck, what does that have to do with the price of Tea in China anyway. The democrats are going to get booted so far they won't know what Zip Code they are in. But wait, they don't know what Zip Code they are in now.

    April 16, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. just asking

    will any amount of money change the fact that obama and the democrats lied to the entire country and perpetrated the biggest fraud in history with obamacare? not only that they lied for years and concealed the lies through the 2012 election in order for the liar in chief to get re-elected. had the lsm done their jobs and revealed the lies before the election, obama would never have gotten re-elected.

    obamacare lies,
    fast & furious lies,
    irs lies,
    nsa lies,
    benghazi lies,
    russian reset lies,
    employment lies,
    lies about their opponents,
    lies about everything,
    .
    .
    .

    wake up america. you are being conned by a corrupt criminal enterprise known as the democrat party.

    April 16, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama

    "Democrats need to awaken the electorate and prompt into action via voting."

    Oh absolutely. Especially considering President Mittens has decided to campaign for the other side. We all know how well that worked for him the last election.

    April 16, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |