February 23, 2006


Democrats' fund raising lagging, analysis shows (John Kennedy, 2/23/06, South Florida Sun-Sentinel )Despite a record-setting six months of raising cash, the finances of the Florida Democratic Party remain a wobbly house of cards that could collapse just when dollars are needed most this pivotal election year.

An Orlando Sentinel analysis shows that almost a quarter of the $3 million collected by state Democrats during the past six months came from other party organizations such as county executive committees, state legislative accounts, candidates and national Democratic groups.

The Democrats' trend of, in effect, moving cash from one party pocket to another not only casts a shadow over the party's fund raising, it raises questions about its ability to support a slate of candidates this fall, activists from both parties say. That's because much of the transferred money is reserved for legislative races and can't be used for statewide candidates.

By contrast, less than 1 percent of the $7.7 million the Florida Republican Party raised during the past half-year came from within GOP ranks. Instead, the Gov. Jeb Bush-led GOP, which controls the state House, Senate and congressional delegation, pulled in cash almost exclusively from corporate and individual contributions.

"The Democrats are going to have some tough resource issues this year," said Mac Stipanovich, a Tallahassee lobbyist and Republican strategist.
Democrat voters low on enthusiasm (Ralph Z. Hallow, 2/23/06, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

By objecting to virtually every initiative and proposal of the Bush administration and congressional Republican majority, Democrats are undermining their party's chances of regaining the majority this fall, the John Zogby poll of 1,039 likely voters suggests.

While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and other visible Democrats in Washington pick fights with Republicans, the poll shows that 58 percent of rank-and-file Democratic voters say their leaders should "accept their lower position in Congress and work together with Republicans to craft the best legislation possible."

Only 6 percent of Democratic respondents say the No. 1 goal for their party's lawmakers in Congress should be to bury Republican bills.

The poll suggests that many Democratic voters accept their party's minority status. Nearly a quarter of Democrats -- 23 percent -- say Republicans do a better job running Congress.

"Democrats nationwide now seem to be adopting this minority-status mind-set," says Fritz Wenzel, Zogby International spokesman. "Democrats are tired of the warring and bitter partisanship that goes on inside the Washington Beltway."

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 23, 2006 11:58 PM


Posted by: Mike Morley at February 24, 2006 8:07 AM

So the rank-and-file say that half a loaf is better than none, and are taking a long-term view of their party's prospects, and the leadership isn't?

Sounds like the seeds for a major shake-up are there. Now to get them a litle water...

Posted by: Mikey at February 24, 2006 8:23 AM

Mike: Reversing 1994.

Posted by: David Cohen at February 24, 2006 8:55 AM

We're poised to regain l;eadership in congress this November and to reclaim the White House for the people of America! Whhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Posted by: Dr. Dean at February 24, 2006 5:07 PM

Dr. Dean -

I thought you were off making fund-raising ads and commercials, a la Mother/Sister (?) Cleo. If not, you should be.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 24, 2006 10:36 PM