August 9th, 2008
10:40 AM ET
14 years ago

Lieberman donates $115,000 to DSCC

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Lieberman is a backer of McCain."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Joe Lieberman is campaigning for John McCain, but he is digging into his wallet for Democratic senators.

Lieberman, a former Democratic vice presidential nominee, donated $115,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee this year, matching what he contributed to the political arm of the Senate Democratic Caucus in 2007, Lieberman's spokesman confirms to CNN.

Since leaving the Democratic Party in 2006 – Lieberman supporters have said the party left him – the Connecticut senator has crafted a new identity as an Independent Democrat. He is a prominent campaign surrogate for presumptive Republican nominee McCain, but still included in the Democratic head count that gives them a majority in the Senate by the slimmest of margins - one vote.

In turn, Lieberman chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee - a powerful perch with wide jurisdiction over the Bush administration.

"Senator Lieberman supports both Democrats and Republicans, and he gave to the committee as a senior member of the caucus," Marshall Wittmann, Lieberman's spokesman, said Friday.

Lieberman was elected as a Democrat in 1988 and 12 years later found himself standing alongside Vice President Al Gore, as Gore's running mate. Six years later, it looked like his political career had come crashing down. His support for the war in Iraq prompted businessman Ned Lamont to challenge him in the Democratic primary. Lieberman lost.

But he vowed to continue running, a decision that caused many prominent Democrats, including fellow Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, to endorse Lamont. The endorsements weren't enough to seal a victory for Lamont - Lieberman was elected to another term.

The Politico, a Washington-based political newspaper, first reported news of Lieberman's six-figure DSCC donation.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Who can trust lie-berman, maybe he is the anti-christ.

    August 9, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. HENRY

    Joe Lieberman is just plain weird.

    August 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. aware

    Good for Joe Lieberman!

    McCain 08 is the only choice for thinking Americans! 🙂

    August 9, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. jimmy

    We hope Senator Lieberman as a democrat/omdependent does what is good for our country and not what is good for the democratic or republican parties.

    August 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Tabloid Politics

    Put your Mouth where your Money Is!!!

    August 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. bob

    Having his cake and eating it too. . .lets hope this contribution gives the Dems 61 seats this January. . . then they can rid themselves of someone for good. . .

    August 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Tabloid Politics

    Put your Mouth where you Money is!! No, I didn't mean to stick you whole head up there!!

    August 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. C Spurgeon

    Liberman was elected by republicans and is a republican stooge. Absolutely no respect for the man.

    August 9, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Susan

    Big deal. he is on McCain's short list for VP. This is a true politician that talks out of both sides of his mouth!

    August 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Travis

    I'm laughing so hard......Lierman is keeping one foot in each boat

    When McWar's boat is sunk, he'll say....hey guys, I gave you money

    too, can I have a good job when McWar goes down?...politics...geez

    August 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Ya gotta love this-after pledging support and campaigning for his neanderthal GOP buddy McSanme, proponent of Bush economic policies and all, here comes Lieberman donating a hefty sum to the Democrats! What a self-serving hypocrite Bozo. LIEBERMAN'S OPPONENT FOR SENATE NEXT TIME AROUND!

    August 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Traitor

    What a joke, lieberman is trying to have it both ways. Hmm. something is wrong with this picture. Please, forcefully kick him out of the democratic party. He is a liability. I have never seen such a greedy person in my life time

    August 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |