Donating to the DCCC means helping Dems who vote like Republicans

The DCCC is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the group of congresspeople and staff supposedly responsible for electing House Democrats. It’s led by “ex”–Blue Dog and New Dem Steve Israel, Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked choice for the job.

We’ve written about Israel before. To the world his job is simply to elect Democrats, but to the moneymen and -women behind the corporate wing of the party, his job is to:

▪ Elect corporate Democrats to the House
▪ Keep progressives out of office
▪ Make sure pro-corporate Republican leaders like Cantor and Paul Ryan never face credible challenges

That last makes sense, right? If you’re a billionaire Wall Street owner (sorry, selfless funder) of the Democratic party — and you also pay good money to keep people like Paul Ryan in office — your message to Mr. Israel goes like this:

“I got boys in both parties. Hands off my boys.”

… to which Mr. Israel says: “Sure thing, boss. So, when will this check be good?”

I’m not joking, and I’m definitely not the only one writing about it. It’s an open “secret” in DC, and all you need to do to prove it is (a) look at Israel and the DCCC’s funding strategies for House races, or (b) read Howie Klein regularly. I’ve done both.

So what did the DCCC do lately?

Six House Dems voted No to raising the minimum wage; four are on the DCCC “extra help” list

Last week there was a vote in the House to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. It failed. Every Republican voted against it, along with six extremely conservative Democrats:

John Barrow (Blue Dog/New Dem-GA)
Jim Matheson (Blue Dog-UT)
Mike McIntyre (Blue Dog/New Dem-NC)
Bill Owens (New Dem-NY)
Collin Peterson (Blue Dog-MN)
Kurt Shrader (Blue Dog-New Dem-OR)

What’s special about that? Four of them are also on the DCCC’s “Frontline” list, House Democrats who will get extra help financing their return to office:

John Barrow (Blue Dog/New Dem-GA)
Jim Matheson (Blue Dog-UT)
Mike McIntyre (Blue Dog/New Dem-NC)
Bill Owens (New Dem-NY)

 Here’s Klein on the Frontline list (my emphasis):

Most of the money the DCCC collects from donors is spent on reelecting incumbents– but not just any incumbent. They have a list of Democrats who they say most need the help. The majority of the Democrats on that list [are] on it because they can’t raise money from the Democratic base on their own because they vote with the GOP so frequently on the most important issues. And wouldn’t you know it– all the ConservaDems who voted against the minimum wage increase (except Collin Peterson and Kurt Schrader who [fund] their campaigns by extorting legalistic bribes from lobbyists with business before their committees)– are on the DCCC’s Frontline list.

That’s pretty straightforward, isn’t it? When you give money to the DCCC, they give lots of it to people who vote with Republicans. And they protect Republicans like Paul Ryan, whom they pretend to hate.

And again, Nancy Pelosi put Israel where he is, twice.

What do mailings from the DCCC look like?

DCCC mailings look just like mailings from Democrats, except they’re not. They’re actually mailings from the billionaire consensus that runs both parties. The logo looks like this:

DCCC

When you see that logo, or the names of Steve Israel or super-corporatists like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, burn the envelope. Sending money to the DCCC is like sending money to this guy:

ryan_head

… and to all of his corporatist friends in the Democratic party. After all, if Steve Israel didn’t want Ryan in Congress, he could have financed the guy who almost unseated him. Needless to say, Israel gave Ryan another bye.

The money the DCCC wastes on these Members … is money that could have elected dependable progressive leaders like Rob Zerban [Paul Ryan's 2012 opponent] and Nate Shinagawa, each of whom came close to beating their Republican opponent but got no help from the DCCC….

Another telling story here; search on “Zerban” and read about Ms. Wasserman Schultz.

Paul Ryan and Steve Israel, buds forever I guess. But not your buds, that’s for sure. Just say No to the DCCC, no matter how many War on Women ads they send you. When it comes to your wallet, they’re not your friend.

GP

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  • Kim_Kaufman

    I would also urge folks reading this to call your congress critters often and let them know what you think of them/and the Dem party. I’ve been calling about the Back to Work budget — and more than just my guy. A phone call is much more powerful than you think. I totally went off on Nancy Pelosi’s office before they switched me over to VM (not a good practice — nice works much better — except Pelosi deserves it. They answer her phone “The Democratic Leader.” Ugh.) They’re not reading these comments here, no matter how good it makes us feel to post here. :)

  • Kim_Kaufman

    uh, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is a woman. She’s as bad as Steve Israel. To think that all women are compassionate just because they’re women is sexist — just like thinking all black folks believe in helping the poor is racist. Each person “should be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin” (or gender).

  • Ford Prefect

    Now we’re getting somewhere! Note also, that D-Trip Finance Director Jim Himes(former officer of Goldman Sachs), wears a “Property Of Goldman Sachs” t-shirt under his $4000 suit.

    I haven’t given them money since early 2010 (January) but they still call me every month. My reply is basically a version of this post, although I use the words, “corrupt,” “corruption” and “lackies for Wall Street” quite often. When they talk of “matching funds,” it’s always Wall Street money they’re talking about. Grassroots donations are a way of legitimizing, or “laundering” (in a way) corporate money.

    All the more reason to say no. And given the increasing stridency of their calls these days (“We’re fighting to protect Social Security!” which assumes I’m in a coma), I’d guess fundraising is getting tougher outside corporate circles.

  • ouchosparks

    My God! The political system is rigged. Like the stock market. The criminal justice system…hmmm, could there be a pattern?

  • Salsolomon

    It’s not just the DCCC, GP. I have concluded that the Democratic party itself is not worth supporting and needs the boot. The best that the Democratic party can do nowadays is to put a conservative candidate
    like Barack Obama (who is hell bent on cutting Social Security but extended the Bush tax cuts for the supwerwealthy), then the Democratic party is just as bad as the GOP. I am done. I am an independent now. I’d rather vote for Ron Paul than vote for Obama in future.

  • EdA

    It should go without saying, but the DSCC works the same as the DCCC. My contributions to DNC,DCCC, and DSCC when my money was used in efforts to get a Republican (re-)elected to the Senate from Pennsylvania, as opposed to Joe Sestak …. who, inexplicably from the standpoint of someone who supports progressive values, seems to have been abandoned by the party aparatchiks.

  • TSoprano

    Received an email request for three bucks from Nancy Pelosi and the DCCC to help fight back against Paul Ryan’s budget plan. What a joke, even though I know it won’t get read, I had to reply and ask Nancy why she and the President believe chained cpi for the social security is a good idea. I told her I wouldn’t give her lunch money. Disgusting people.

  • NMRon

    “Why donate a dime?” Short answer, I don’t.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    We stopped donating to the Dems a long time ago. We only give to individual candidates, and often use ActBlue as our guide to whether or not they’re likely to keep to their promises to stand up for us.

    The main thing we need to remember is not to be fooled when quislings like Nancy Pelosi get in front of a camera and claim there’s some line in the sand she and the Dems won’t cross — because inevitably she and they will. One of the reasons these figurehead “progressives” exist is so we’ll put our hope in them and not realize we need to replace them with genuine progressives. And probably with an entirely new party as well.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Indeed. That’s one of the more insidious strategies from the DNC. It isn’t just that they reject progressive and liberal policies down the line in favor of center-right positions (most of which used to be GOP proposals), they’ve pre-empted any kind of organized opposition by co-opting them.

    This is why, for example, no matter how breath-of-fresh-air welcome it is to hear some supposedly progressive Dem get up and express their claimed unwavering opposition to the latest corporatist neo-liberal DNC atrocity, we all know what will happen when crunch-time comes. They start by going wobbly, then begin saying the deal either isn’t bad or is actually good (even though it isn’t), and finally cast their votes exactly as the DNC tells them to.

  • Indigo

    Exactly! I haven’t donated to them for several years. I wrote them to tell them exactly what you’re saying now but that had no impact. Their priorities, whatever they are, are not priorities suitable for a Democrat. Just say no. Better yet, say no and tell them why.

  • Phil Perspective

    Anyone can put up an ActBlue page. From the smallest office to the President of the U.S.

  • Phil Perspective

    Interesting thing is neither Schrader or Owens have an excuse voting against raising the minimum wage. Both represent districts that voted for Obama last year. Granted, raising it is popular across the board.

  • grandpamike1

    The only problem is, that all in Congress are corporate representatives, wholly funded and paid for by large corporations. I would choose a Democrat over a Republican any day because, throughout our history, every social program and workplace and human rights issues were championed by Democrats. So instead of donations to DCCC, donate individually as you seem fit.

  • GaiusPublius

    No, Keoki. ActBlue is the opposite. They supported Zerban against Paul Ryan, for example. ActBlue is the alternative, and well worth your support.

    GP

  • Damien

    I donate to individual candidates I know and trust. I also let the DCCC and the Democratic National Party that I do not make donations to a large group that may spend part of my money electing people who vote against the rights of all citizens to full equality, freedom and justice.

  • nicho

    The Progressive Movement is a Front for Rich Democrats

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/15/the-progressive-movement-is-a-pr-front-for-rich-democrats/

    Well worth a read. Very eye opening.

  • lynchie

    I had 6 requests for funds from the DNCC

  • evodevo

    That’s why I quit donating and toss their circulars in the wastebasket since 2008. When the DNC dumped Howard Dean and started packing the committee with blue dogs and corporate whores, I stopped funding them too. I now give only to specific candidates’ campaigns. I feel better about knowing where my money is spent that way.

  • Keoki

    Is ActBlue also just an online fund raising site for the DCCC or the DSCC?

  • cole3244

    i donate to candidates like warren, the dccc is an arm of the gop, a covert arm at that.
    the dem party as a whole have nothing for the left anymore other than false hope, 44 included.

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    Meet the new boss, just like the old boss…

  • http://www.falconk9.com Ginger_FL

    I never give to them either. I just unsubscribed from their e-mail spam. Did anyone else notice that all 6 “dems” are men and of course voted against raising the mimimum? Clearly if they were woman, they would understand how important the issue is since many low wage earners are woman with children.

  • http://voenixrising.com/ Mark Alexander

    And THAT is exactly why I won’t donate to the DCCC.

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