Good News: Progressive Fundraising Has Cratered in 2019
The Democrat Party has finally taken the mask off and gone all-in for socialism. Their vision of a brighter future where you toil away in a potato field as a serf, while Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders sip Chardonnay in their palatial mansions, has fully captivated the party.
CNN recently subjected its viewers to seven hours of human rights abuses in the form of a “Climate Change Town Hall” with the Democrats’ leading 2020 candidates.
You can’t turn on the TV without the brilliant neo-socialist thinker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lecturing you about how cauliflower represents colonialism and white supremacy. But it turns out that Americans aren’t too keen on donating to a party pushing these policies.
Contrary to popular belief, Members of Congress don’t receive committee assignments or chairmanships based on seniority or experience. They have to buy them, by fundraising huge sums of money for their respective congressional fundraising committees. For the Democrats, this is Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and for Republicans, it’s the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
If you think your Member of Congress toils away writing bills and working for their constituents all day, think again. Both the DCCC and NRCC have private offices within walking distance of Congress.
On most days, freshman lawmakers check in at their congressional office, then walk across the street to their respective fundraising committee offices. Then, they sit down in a grimy telemarketing cubicle all day long and beg for cash.
There are stories of Representatives and Senators skipping family vacations with their kids because they hadn’t met their committee fundraising goals and had to keep manning the phones.
Why do they do this? Because that’s how you buy a committee seat in Congress. You raise the money from donors, and then donate it to your respective party committee. It’s an incredibly corrupt system.
Freshman Democrats are required to grind away for hours and hours to raise $150,000 just to keep a committee seat. Committee chairs need to raise even bigger amounts of money, ranging from $300,000 up to $1.2 million. The easiest way to do this is to turn Congress into a pay-to-play system.
If you’re on a powerful financial committee and a powerful bank wants you to push a bill that’s advantageous to it, just hit the executives up for cash and voila! You’ve hit your fundraising goal. Never mind that this is an insane way to run a national government.
But what happens when a political party moves so far to one extreme or the other, and they’ve rigged the system to work this way?
The Democrats are finding out – and the result is painful. The party has moved so far to the left in 2019 that many Representatives are failing to cash in on the pay-to-play system.
Let’s look at Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), for example. She’s the chair of Committee on Financial Services. That’s one of the committee chairs that requires a hefty fee to keep. She’s required to raise $1.2 million to keep that chair, in addition to $600,000 in dues owed to the DCCC.
But because Waters has devoted her committee time to pursuing President Trump’s tax returns and banking records, and screeching about impeachment, the financial sector hasn’t been donating to her. She’s raised just $40,500.
Many other far-left Democrats are having similar struggles. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who was the first Democrat to drop out of the 2020 presidential primary, has raised just $1,500 against the $1.1 million he owes the DCCC.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, hasn’t raised any money at all. Apparently, impeachment fever dreams are a tougher sell with donors than the media would have us believe.
Meanwhile, moderates like Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) are the only thing keeping the DCCC afloat. She’s raised $24 million for the DCCC. Unfortunately for Bustos, the progressive wing of the party now wants her removed from the DCCC for being white.
This will create an interesting situation in 2020, if the Democrats manage to maintain control of the House. What happens if the Democrats are so inept that their committee chairs can’t raise enough to buy their seats back?
No matter what the media keeps telling us, it looks like the Democrat Party is in trouble for 2020. They’ve got a fresh new package of socialism for the voters – but it doesn’t look like anyone is buying it.