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!