August 25th, 2010
11:16 AM ET
11 years ago

House Democrats enlist Obama for fundraising push

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/25/art.dccc.obama.0825.dccc.jpg caption ="The DCCC has enlisted President Obama in a new fundraising pitch."](CNN) - As the prospect of a power shift in the House of Representatives becomes more viable, the fundraising arm of House Democrats e-mailed its supporters Wednesday with a fundraising appeal from a Democrat who needed no help fundraising for his own election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has enlisted President Obama to help raise $1 million before the Federal Election Commission deadline for reporting August fundraising totals passes on August 31.

"I know what a difference grassroots support can make in a tough fight," Obama writes. "In the same way that you helped me defy the pundits and stand strong against the attacks from those who wish to protect the status quo, I need your help to make a difference right now to retain a Democratic House."

Predictably, Obama did express confidence that Democrats would maintain their majority.

"Make no mistake about it. Democrats will retain the House of Representatives this year, as long as you continue working to help them win," Obama said.

The National Republican Congressional Committee fired back on Wednesday.

"The President is asking for money so House Democrats can attempt to defend the indefensible on the campaign trail," NRCC spokesman Ken Spain told CNN. "All of the money in the world won't make their failed economic policies work nor will it change the unacceptably high unemployment rate or shrink the ever-growing deficit."

The NRCC out-raised the DCCC in July, marking the fourth consecutive month it has done so. The Democratic committee, however, has more than $13 million more cash on hand than its Republican counterpart.

The non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report projects Republican gains of 28-33 seats in the House, but notes that "considerably larger gains in excess of 40 seats are quite possible." Meanwhile, the non-partisan Cook Political Report projects GOP gains of 35-45 seats. Republicans need to pick up 39 seats to regain control of the lower chamber.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Eric

    Maybe he can do for House democrats what he did for democrats in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. We can only "hope."

    You're on a roll, Barry! Get out there and show your face and remind people what they're voting against.

    August 25, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Eric

    This chump still thinks it's 2008 and he's still standing in front of a million cheering, slobbering Beeber-like cultist fans.

    Dude, wake up. It's 2010 and your socialist "solutions" are about as popular as a turd in the punch bowl.

    One and done.
    Four and the door.
    A single term,
    and nothing more.

    Jimmy Carter's prayers have been answered.

    August 25, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Ellie Light

    a little to late

    August 25, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Good the more this blithering idiot talks, the more people realize how inept, incompetent and corrupt he really is. I hope he doesn't forget his binkyprompter while he spreads his lies, blames Bush and blasts Republicans during this "summer of recovery." I am sure the SEIU is writing some great scripts for him.

    August 25, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Rickster

    lol....yeah, good luck enlisting President Failure to help your cause. Anybody who still says that Obama is doing a good job is either a fool or a liar.

    August 25, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. independent

    You ride the pony that brought you here, and dance with the partner you brought. None of that is a recommendation of change from Change.

    August 25, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Silence DoGood

    Wait a sec. Obama wants to defeat those who want the "status quo", but he wants to keep the exisitng Democratic House?

    He is the classic politian. You realize he just said "defeat the status quo by keeping the status quo."

    As a rich connected lawyer career politian, he is all about the status quo.

    We need a 2nd major party in this country.

    August 25, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. bill

    get out there mr president.if the repubs want to play hardball.the meet the head on.pin the liars down.WHERE ARE YOUR SOLUTIONS.SAME PLACE THEY HAVE BEEN LAST TEN YEARS.JUST SAY NO.WELL IT WONT WORK. GET AFTER THEM MR PRESIDENT.THE TRUTH HURTS.

    August 25, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Buster

    nobummer and biden say demorats will hold onto their majority come November? What a laugh, neither of them have been right on anything since both were in the Senate and said the surge would not work. Now they are trying to take credit for the pull out of Iraq when the pull out time table was established by President Bush. What a pathetic pair of idiots.

    August 25, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Dave

    Politics are always cyclical. There will be a backlash against the Dems this year and it may or may not result in the GOP gaining back one of the houses of Congress. Main thing to remember is that the two party system is a scam.

    August 25, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Parah Sailin

    What's different than 1994?
    Dem Indumbants win and Republican extermists win.
    Newt got moderates through the primaries in 94 and Dems made incumbants pay for not getting health care. Who's the indie going to vote for? YOU BETHCA!!!! GO DEMS!!!!

    August 25, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. TangledThorns

    Heh, Obama is pushing me to donate to Tea Party candidates.

    August 25, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. soneill

    Obama needs to go. He needs to go yesterday. He is rapidly destroying America. We will indeed take back this country from the liberals that sit and wait for a handout. Bring us back our freedom and take governments hands off business.

    August 25, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "...the attacks from those who wish to protect the status quo..."

    That's the Dems' problem: To a majority of Americans, the status quo, as bad as it was with Bush, was far, far, better than the compound disasters Obama has created.

    August 25, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Trythefacts

    It is with great pleasure that more people have actually come to more intelligent practices and now realize the president does not tell the truth and can not be trusted.

    August 25, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. kyrianmege

    I'm sensing problem and it's a scary one indeed; I had this feeling that Sarah Palin or an extreme right conservative might end up in white house as the next President.. President Obama wake up!! Are you not sensing this danger? Sarah Palin is already awake and it's about time you Democrats start doing what the people want and not what you think it's right.
    President Obama will go down as one of the great leaders but if he lose out after first term, Republicans will repeal most of the legislations he has fought so hard to achieve which will make him one of the worst American Presidents.
    Hey!! Democrats, if will still want Obama as the President after 2012 then focus on the economy only and end that Aghanistan war by 2011 so that Conservatives and Tea party will not see anything to campaign against the President.

    August 25, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. ronalde

    i can't see how people could really vote the republicans back in office when all they did was block help for the middle class they want to cut social sercurity,cut medicare and all other programs,if they get in then the people will deserve a they don't get.

    August 25, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. jim

    As much money this guy has taken from big oil i don't see why he just doesn't sit down and write the Campaign Commitee a check for whatever amount they need.

    August 25, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. kyrianmege

    I'm sensing problem and it's a scary one indeed; I had this feeling that Sarah Palin or an extreme right conservative might end up in white house as the next President.. President Obama wake up!! Are you not sensing this danger? Sarah Palin is already awake and it's about time you Democrats start doing what the people want and not what you think it's right.
    President Obama will go down as one of the great leaders but if he lose out after first term, Republicans will repeal most of the legislations he has fought so hard to achieve which will make him one of the worst American Presidents.
    Hey!! Democrats, if you still want Obama as the President after 2012 then focus on the economy only and end that Aghanistan war by 2011 so that Conservatives and Tea party will not see anything to campaign against the President.

    August 25, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. mother and sister of soldiers

    I have a question for the controling party.....with the sad state of the economy, jobless rate, and tax questions preventing job formation within the private sector, how can this country designate $6 mil taxdollars for the Islam Outreach program that pays for worldwide mosque restoration as well as the Iman's (NYC affiliation) trip to the middle east? This fact was hidden in a column today in an Allentown, Pa newspaper. I am infuriated with this administration and its spending!!!!

    August 25, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Orlando Patriot

    "Fool me once shame on you – Fool me twice shame on me".

    Imam Obama, people are on to your incompetence and your plans. It won't work the second time around. First we get rid of your supporting cast that has pushed through multiple bills and regulations the majority of the people did not want. Then we get rid of you in just over two years. You are a pathetic, useless, power-hungry, no-skilled individual and the people have started to take back America. Remember, WE DON'T WORK FOR YOU – YOU WORK FOR US!!!

    August 25, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. mj

    Get right on it! My check is in the mail – to the Republican Party!!

    August 25, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Eric

    Please don't send Obama out to help fund raise and campaign for Democrats. Please don't throw me in that briar patch.

    Barack "King Midas in Reverse" Obama.

    August 25, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Washington DC Insider

    I don't think you really want to tie your wagon to Obama, right now his endorsements and requests for money are becoming annoying. I get like 2 – 3 emails a day asking me to donate to Democratic Campaigns or the General Fund. I hate to say it, but it looks like the DCCC is panicked and unorganized in the fear of losing the Seats in Congress.

    It's gonna happen, this is what happens when you let Liberals and Democratic Partisan politics play out in DC. It forces Blue Dog Democrats and Independents to the other side to balance the scales.

    We have to (1) take ownership for our messes, (2) stop blaming the last administration, (3) start putting Republicans on the defensive by giving them opportunities to work with us and let them walk away, and (3) get new leadership...like boot Pelosi (she needs to get fired and bravo Joe Donnelly you are my hero) and Reid (although Reid may be fixed in November).

    August 25, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Big George in Big D

    Yeah the democRATS will take the money but they turncoats when it comes to actually making a campaign appearance with him! What a joke that party is!

    August 25, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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