July 13th, 2010
08:59 AM ET
10 years ago

DNC dishes out first $2 million for midterms

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is kicking off its push to get voters to the polls in November's midterm elections.

The DNC has transferred its first $2 million as part of the national party committee's $50 million Vote 2010 plan, according to a Democratic party official. The DNC's next report with the Federal Election Commission will show that the committee moved $666,666 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, $666,666 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, $333,333 to the Ohio Democratic Party and $333,333 to the Florida Democratic Party, according to the party official.

The DNC plans to dish out $20 million overall to the DSCC, DCCC and to the state parties, as the Democrats try to retain their majorities in the House, Senate, and the governorships, with $30 million in direct spending by the national party committee.

It's probably no accident that Florida and Ohio are the first two states to receive cash, as both have competitive state-wide battles for governor and senator.

"Our $50 million Vote 2010 plan is the DNC's largest and most sophisticated midterm election effort ever with the most important component for us...engaging folks who voted for the first time in 2008 and making a connection for them between their local candidates and President Obama," said the party official.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Gary

    The Dems missed their opportunity. They could have held on to power without spending much on campaign if they would only learn to cut spending on all programs (including entitlement programs) and keeps taxes exactly where they are now. As it stands now we are sick of the Democrats tax and spending policies. They just don't get it!

    July 13, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. phoenix86

    $2 million donation to the Welfare State.

    July 13, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Eric

    Yes, Dems are dependent upon boatloads of newer and newer economically illiterate voters at every election... because as people age and gain some life experience and wisdom, they quickly cast off their former liberal beliefs.

    It's time for a basic civics test for suffrage rights. It's also time to base voting rights on federal tax returns. If you have no skin in the game, you are dangerous to our republic and have no business casting a ballot.

    Pay taxes = right to vote
    Hold hand out for "gubbmint binnifits" = no vote, but you do get the "right" to work on a chain gang for your "free" benefits that my tax dollars paid for.

    July 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. obama victim

    too little...too late...C ya socialists

    July 13, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. too bad it costs this much

    obviously the GOPers should not be in charge of a glue factory

    but with the press and media the way it is, bombarding the public with messages that a high percentage just wrong, these incorrect messages have to be countered with truth

    just a waste of money

    July 13, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Hugo

    What a waste of Union pension funds...especially when after November all those self entitled Union thug bastards will be looking for a new teat to suck! What does America need Unions anymore for, idiots giving their money to someone else to misspend and waste. Wake up, you have crippled our Nation, if the Fed were to enforce our immigration, financial banking and labor laws the way they were intended we would all have jobs!

    They all need the boot in 2010 and 2012, and we need to hold those participants accountable for their misdeeds that have cost our Nation so much, ALL of them, both sides! Think of it, Bush and Obama as cell mates with Clinton as their crib pappy, penal bliss!

    July 13, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Did the SEIU give the DNC the money or does the DNC give the SEIU the money. I guess its all the same organization along with ACORN, AARP, ACLU and NAACP.

    July 13, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    Unfortunately money plays a big part in our politics.

    Now, on to the bright side...

    ...Karl Rove is back. Before we Liberals jump to conclusions, remember OJ, he may have gotten away with murder, but he came back, and we got him later on a technicality, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel yet

    July 13, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Jeff from Va

    On both sides this is terrible, I can't believe that both sides have this much money to throw around, with the country in as bad a shape as it is. The 1st thing that this shoud tell people is that Washington is run by Corporations and Unions, that takes away from our elected officials doing what "we" the average tax paying citizen voted them in office to do.!!!!!! I have always heard that " IT TAKES MONEY TO MAKE MONEY", and I truly believe that, but this tells me that " IT TAKES MONEY TO BUY VOTES". Plain and Simple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 13, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Get A Grip

    Nothing like the DNC throwing their money away.

    July 13, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. C Spurgeon

    Dumb Dems..spend it on Crist....

    July 13, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Ben Stoutemire

    How much did the DNC give to SEIU/ACORN/Black Panthers etc to get out the prison inmates to vote this time ala MN?

    July 13, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    It is all about the money folks, just follow the money and see who funds your fake people's representative. Does the all money come from the Washington insiders in the national party headquarters, Private PACs, Lobbyists, Wall Street, Big Oil, Insurance, banking and Foreign countries?
    Then who do you think they will be concerned with representing once elected the people or them?

    July 13, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |