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Ear to the Ground

Blue Dog Fundraising Dries Up

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Posted on Oct 27, 2009
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The Blue Dog Coalition’s political action committee took in just $12,500 in September, from a total of three donations. The group raised $1.1 million between January and June. Could it be the steadfast opposition to health care reform, or perhaps the perception among donors that the conservative Democrats just won’t be able to deliver?  —PZS

The Center for Public Integrity:

That September money came from just three donations — $5,000 from accounting and professional services giant Ernst & Young’s PAC, $2,500 from the Food Marketing Institute PAC, and $5,000 from the National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund.

After raising $1.1 million from January to June, the committee raised less than $87,000 between July and September — less than it brought in during any one of the preceding five months. And in just three months, the Blue Dog PAC’s monthly fundraising average dropped by more than $50,000 — probably not the sort of fiscal conservatism the 52-member coalition was hoping for.

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By Hulk2008, October 28, 2009 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment

If we abstain rather than vote, we basically join the millions who never vote anyway.  In a sense, we would automatically join the “winners” because we can successfully gripe about all politicians. 
  If Dems fail to produce “change” then they are no better than the status quo teabagging Repubs anyway. 
  It actually makes little difference when I vote since all the slots at the local level have only Republicans and a few Libertarians slated.  And Nader never made it on our ballot either.  I did get to vote for John Anderson for Pres one year.

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By Jim Yell, October 28, 2009 at 9:07 am Link to this comment
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Let’s face it our system blocks large groups of people from having any effect with there votes. When push comes to shove, we all have to look at the candidates and decide which one will do the lest damage and then vote, knowing that the person we vote for is not going to represent our interests.

I would push for parlementary government, but the politicians and money have figured out how to corrupt that system too.

Next election I will write in Kucinich, which I am beginning to think I should have done instead of voting Obama. All very disappointing and really I didn’t expect any candidate to be wholley in tune with my views, I just wanted honest leadership. Too much to ask for?

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By ardee, October 28, 2009 at 3:14 am Link to this comment

PAC’s are another in a veritable legion of ways our govt is subverted from its obligations to the people and focuses instead upon its allegiance to corporate money.

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