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NC’s Renee Ellmers: Way behind in her fundraising…but does it really matter?

In case you missed it, yesterday’s Politico had a story about three freshman tea-party members of Congress who are having major troubles raising campaign cash – including our very own Renee Ellmers.

Over the last three months she’s only raised $97,000 – which only in the political world could be considered a stunningly low number.  However, when her fellow House members routinely raise $200,000 – $500,000 or more in the same period, it puts her almost at the bottom of the pack.

Ellmers may have little to worry about however.  With the removal of basically all campaign finance laws, we may be entering an era where candidates (at least those who toe the appropriate partisan line) don’t have to raise their own money.  Why?  There will be plenty of outside groups to essentially run campaign ads and other materials for them.  (Calling Art Pope – alert!).  As the Politico writers put it:

 For all the hand-wringing about freshmen fundraising, however, there is also a realization that they may have a saving grace: deep-pocketed, conservative outside groups. Davis, the former NRCC chairman, pointed out that a cadre of GOP-friendly organizations pushed many of the now-first termers over the finish line in 2010, and predicted that they would play a similar role in 2012.

Now there’s a cheerful thought!

5 Comments


  1. frances

    October 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    In all fairness, do point out others as well as Art Pope. For example, the NC lawyers have raised and pledge a million dollars to defeat those in power who worked to pass medical malpractice reform. You know the John Edwards types, sort of like ambalance chasers.Would you please examine Perdue’s contributions and who is controlling NC Democrats and their corrupt practices? Republician can not hold a light to all the illegal practices of the Democrats. You just ignore it and hope no one finds out.

  2. david esmay

    October 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    The president of the nc trial lawyer’s assoc. is a repub, tell me he didn’t feel the knife his buddies stuck in his back.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    October 19, 2011 at 7:26 am

    You missed the point, why only expose one, why not expose both? John Edwards’ career was born in the explotitation of medical malpractice. It was his income until Mrs. Mellon gave him money to hide his lover and his child. The freedom loving, poverty fighting, truth defining group at Progressive Pulse and Center for Justice overlook the faults of the Democrat Party regularly. Lawyers are all about profits for them.

  4. John Grooms

    October 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks a million to Frances Jenkins. If wasn’t for her I wouldn’t know how to spell explotitation or Republician or ambalance. By the way, I believe the correct pronunciation for the latter word is “AM-uh-lance.” At least that’s the way I always heard it pronounced in my thrilling little Carolina hometown, which had its own full share of Frances Jenkins types.
    Also have to love folks who don’t know a blog post from an “article,” the latter of which would indeed call for looking at money issues of both parties. Even then, however, the Dems have nothing that even comes close to comparing to the set-up that Art Pope/AFP/Kochs have working for them.
    Keep up the good work.

  5. frances

    October 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I love smart people and thank you for sharing your knowledge. You have helped me so much. You are so smart that poor people and uneducated people like me should not even be part of a Democratic society. Only smart people like you should be given the opportunity to comment. I know you must have the golden egg education. I just love smart people. What would we do without them?

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