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Sen. Reid gets help from two who could get his job……

Senators Durbin (ILL – D ) and Schumer ( NY – D ) will fight for election from their fellow Democratic Senator ‘s for the position as Senate Majority leader if Reid loses in November and the Democrats hold on to the Senate…..

Being good party people….The two have doubled down and are helping the current Speaker of the House raise campaign money…..


Sen. Chuck Schumer invited Harry Reid to spend Monday morning with him in Brooklyn, where some of Schumer’s well-heeled friends opened their checkbooks to help the Senate majority leader’s struggling reelection bid.

Democratic Whip Dick Durbin has invited Reid to join him next week in Chicago, where he’ll connect the Nevada Democrat with Windy City business leaders who’ll pour even more money into Reid’s campaign.

For Schumer and Durbin, it’s all part of a delicate dance. While Capitol Hill insiders say the two men appear to be jockeying to show their fellow Democrats that they’d be the logical successors to Reid, they’re also showing Reid unyielding loyalty where it counts: campaign cash.

So, there Schumer was Monday morning, introducing Reid to the big-money developers of the New Jersey Nets’ new $4.9 billion facility in Brooklyn. Schumer told the developers that he and Reid had been “through war together,” and he called the Nevadan his “foxhole buddy,” according to someone who was there.

“He is beloved by our caucus, from the most conservative to the most liberal,” Schumer told the fundraisers on Monday, the source said. “He does a great job of bringing together 59 Democrats of such broad philosophical and geographic diversity. And the egos are not small. What Harry does is amazing.”

Monday’s fundraiser was headlined by Bruce Ratner, the real estate mogul who owns the Nets — and who has donated more than $127,000 to Democrats in recent years.

While Schumer’s office won’t say how much money the event raised for Reid, cash poured in from a number of developers and real estate types. The event came just hours before a procedural vote on a plan to rewrite the rules for Wall Street, but Reid’s office stressed that the donors who turned out Monday weren’t bankers or Wall Street officials — and that, in fact, many work for Ratner’s company as well as for electrical and construction companies.

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April 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , , , | 5 Comments

House Democrats use Healthcare vote to raise money……

While the Republicans try to keep Healthcare alive as a bad thing for Democrats…….

House Democratic members  are smiling…..

It seems that the more the GOP keeps the issue alive…..

The more money they take in……..

Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) raised more than $140,000 from PACs and fellow members in the final 10 days of the quarter — which was more than one-third of the $400,000 total he raised for the entire quarter.

Rep. Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) raised more than $100,000 from political committees after deciding to vote yes on the bill, and he raised about $475,000 overall.

Reps. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) weren’t far behind, each raising more than $90,000 from PACs and fellow members of

Congress in the final week-plus of the quarter. Halvorson raised $410,000 total, while Giffords raised nearly $500,000.

Frequent givers included labor unions and left-leaning groups like the Human Rights Campaign PAC. Several liberal members of Congress who championed the bill, including Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), also rewarded those who voted yes with contributions.

While members flooded each other’s coffers in the final days of the first-quarter fundraising period, House leaders gave little to those who voted no on healthcare reform. In the final week-plus of the quarter, neither Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) nor Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) gave money to any member who voted no.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) did send money to some “no” votes through their leadership PACs. Hoyer’s PAC gave money to eight of the 34 Democrats who voted no, with all eight considered vulnerable this year.

He. he, he……More……

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

The Democratic National Committee will help out House/Senate and Governors with $50 Milllon…..

President Obama and others are helping the DNC raise a lot of money…..

They are going to need to keep it up…..

The Democrats could lose a lot of seats…..

The Republicans are in trouble….several donors have indicated that they will not give to the Republican National Committee because of concerns with its head…..Michael Steele…..

The Democratic National Committee will contribute more than $50 million in cash and services for November’s midterm elections, a top Democratic official tells POLITICO.

The payments — for House, Senate and governor’s races — will start in June. Aides are negotiating the split between cash and services.

The DNC wasn’t a big player in 2006, sparking a spat between White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, then chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and party chair Howard Dean.

This year, the DNC will provide “an unprecedented amount of cash and field, with a special emphasis on base turnout — youth, African-Americans, Latinos and first-time voters,” the top official said.

President Barack Obama has a special relationship with first-time voters who turned out for him in 2008, and he’ll work to get them out again, the official said.
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April 18, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , | 2 Comments

Strange Happenings……Sarah Palin is helping John McCain?

Wait….wasn’t these two throwing punches at each other right after the election?

What is going on?

Is the anti-Healthcare banner?

Or is it playing nice for her own political future?

The former Alaska governor primed her supporters for the visit by blasting Arizona Democratic Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, Harry Mitchell and Gabrielle Giffords for supporting the healthcare reform bill.

“We’re going to fire them and send them back to the private sector, which has been shrinking thanks to their destructive government-growing policies,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday.

“We’ll aim for these races and many others,” she added, before asking supporters to donate to her political action committee.

About 1,000 people have signed up to see the 2008 GOP presidential ticket reunite at the Pima County Fairgrounds on Friday, according to the McCain camp, which grumbled that turnout may be hampered by the noon weekday start time.

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March 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 8 Comments

Look who's helping New York Governor Paterson……

ReutersWINGMAN: Hooker-loving Eliot Spitzer, with then-running mate David Paterson in 2006, is still counseling the governor.

This is in I can’t believe it …….Why? ……column…..

PolitcalWire Reports….

Spitzer Advising Paterson

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) has told people he’s taking advice from disgraced predecessor Eliot Spitzer (D) on how to save his flailing re-election campaign, the New York Post reports.

“Spitzer has his own eye on a comeback at some point and knows that failings by Paterson, whom he chose as his lieutenant governor in the 2006 election, will be hung around his neck.”

That is was a very good get conclusion from the New York Post ……..

And that’s the why……

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments

Look who’s helping New York Governor Paterson……

ReutersWINGMAN: Hooker-loving Eliot Spitzer, with then-running mate David Paterson in 2006, is still counseling the governor.

This is in I can’t believe it …….Why? ……column…..

PolitcalWire Reports….

Spitzer Advising Paterson

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) has told people he’s taking advice from disgraced predecessor Eliot Spitzer (D) on how to save his flailing re-election campaign, the New York Post reports.

“Spitzer has his own eye on a comeback at some point and knows that failings by Paterson, whom he chose as his lieutenant governor in the 2006 election, will be hung around his neck.”

That is was a very good get conclusion from the New York Post ……..

And that’s the why……

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments

Ford and Gillibrand vie for Highclass Money…….

Forget all that Bull you heard about Harold Ford Jr. and the moneyed class…..now that this race seems for real…it turns out that both of these people are traveling in the same circles……

The Dog was really pissed that the left and their media have labeled Ford...the ‘Rich guy’…well that isn’t so….politicans…especially ones in New York travel to the money…...

From left, Marc Lasry and Andrew Tisch back Kirsten Gillibrand. Steven Rattner and Orin Kramer back Harold Ford Jr.

Take a look at the four guys above…they are all white….and they are all rich…..and they have been apporached by Ford and Gillibrand…so lets stop the ‘Ford is the rich guy bulls*#t’…it ain’t true…….

Both of these people need money to campaign..that’s the reality…….

Moments after arriving at an Upper West Side duplex for a gathering of Democrats two weeks ago, Orin Kramer, a hedge-fund manager, was surrounded by angry supporters of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand. One by one, they demanded to know why he was encouraging Harold E. Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman, to run for Senate in New York.

“He is not a real New Yorker,” one person who was there said. Another warned that a Ford candidacy “would only hurt the party.” Sarah Kovner, the former Clinton administration official who hosted the event and is a staunch backer of Ms. Gillibrand, was especially blunt: “We don’t need this primary,” she told Mr. Kramer, according to people who heard the conversation.

Mr. Kramer, a top fund-raiser for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in New York, stood his ground. Mr. Ford, he told guests, “is a friend, and I will be supportive of him.”

Mr. Ford has given himself 30 days to decide whether to challenge Ms. Gillibrand. And that has touched off a war for the city’s richest donors, especially those on Wall Street, as both camps race to nail down financial support and demonstrate the breadth of their Rolodexes.

Ms. Gillibrand’s top fund-raisers recently called an urgent meeting to map out a strategy for fending off Mr. Ford.

Were have these people been ….asleep?

This is what the Dog is a afraid of……Having watched Martha Coakley squander a huge lead…..We now see Gillibrand doing the same damn thing……worst of all we see that Chuck Schumer is losing numbers in the polls because of his instance on hiding Gillibrand from the voters and a primary fight…….This whole thing sucks!

Mr. Ford, a vice chairman of Merrill Lynch, is promoting himself as unabashedly pro-business, calling for a big reduction in the corporate tax rate and for exempting many businesses from payroll taxes, while Ms. Gillibrand has expressed misgivings about a bank tax proposed byPresident Obama that is opposed by Wall Street firms.

Mr. Ford had just acknowledged his interest in the Senate seat, and Ms. Gillibrand wanted to rally her biggest fund-raisers. At one point, a member of the committee asked how many of the nearly 80 people in the room had donated to Mr. Ford when he ran for Senate in Tennessee. Half the people in the room raised their hands, according to a participant who attended the meeting.

Ms. Gillibrand was unknown to much of Wall Street a year ago when she was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton after she became secretary of state. What some executives did know gave them pause: She twice voted against the federal bailout of banks during the financial crisis.

Hummmmmm????

With Mr. Ford still undecided, many of his backers are unwilling to speak publicly on his behalf, for fear of alienating a sitting senator. But at least three major Democratic fund-raisers have indicated they will support him if he runs: Steven Rattner, the founder of the private equity firm Quandrangle; Kenneth B. Lerer, the media investor who co-founded The Huffington Post and Mr. Kramer, who helps manage the hedge fund Boston Provident, L.P.

“In the event that he is a candidate, he will be my candidate,” Mr. Kramer said. “The appetite for change that helped produce Barack Obama’s presidency is even deeper today.”

The Dogs …..feelings…. exactly……

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates, Weather | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Democratic House Congressional Committee is far ahead of it's GOP rival in fund raising….

this from Poltico…….

The DCCC raised $3.65 million for the month, and ended November with $15.35 million cash-on-hand. It still holds $2.66 million in debt from last election cycle.

The NRCC only raised $2.34 million in November, and spent $2.16 million, hardly adding to their overall cash total. The committee now has $4.35 million in its account, while still owing $2 million in debt.

The Democrats are going to need the money…with House members electing not to re-run next year, the democrats are going to have their hands full with Republican challanger’s….they are going to need money to support the new candidates…

With the Senate committee’s the money situation is tighter…with the dem’s have a bit more money…but not as much……The National Republican Senatorial Committee did somewhat better last month, raising $3.3 million while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $3.0 million.

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Democratic House Congressional Committee is far ahead of it’s GOP rival in fund raising….

this from Poltico…….

The DCCC raised $3.65 million for the month, and ended November with $15.35 million cash-on-hand. It still holds $2.66 million in debt from last election cycle.

The NRCC only raised $2.34 million in November, and spent $2.16 million, hardly adding to their overall cash total. The committee now has $4.35 million in its account, while still owing $2 million in debt.

The Democrats are going to need the money…with House members electing not to re-run next year, the democrats are going to have their hands full with Republican challanger’s….they are going to need money to support the new candidates…

With the Senate committee’s the money situation is tighter…with the dem’s have a bit more money…but not as much……The National Republican Senatorial Committee did somewhat better last month, raising $3.3 million while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $3.0 million.

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment