Various stories today (and earlier) about the financial straits of various campaigns.
First, Kevin O’Hanlon has an AP story – picked up by the Washington Post, among other national sources – about Pete Ricketts’ campaign getting little cash from the national Republican Party apparatus. The story also gives general background info on the race, Ben Nelson’s fundraising and the GOP supporters coming in. (Neb. Republican Making Do Without GOP Cash – Washington Post – 10/11/06.)
But we can’t figure out why it’s so shocking that the NRSC doesn’t feel the need to give money to someone who’s already spending over $10 mil of his own cash. Would you give $100,000 to Pete Ricketts or $100,000 to someone in an identically situated race, who needs the money to get his message out? It’s pretty clear that Ricketts doesn’t want for campaign cash, so it’s a bit silly to have that as the main thrust of the story.
On the other side of the aisle, The Hill discusses national Democrat get-out-the-vote efforts, and the money behind them. (Dems hunt for drop-off voters – The Hill – 10/11/06.) In discussing the Nebraska races, this little nugget emerges:
Although the DCCC placed former Lt. Gov. Maxine Moul (D-Neb.) on its “Emerging Races” list, indicating that (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman, Congressman Rahm)Emanuel believes Moul has an outside shot of winning in a heavily Republican congressional district, Emanuel has not spent money on the race.
“The DCCC has been noticeably absent in spite of all their chest pounding,” said Barry Rubin, the executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party.
Well well well! Look at Barry Rubin getting huffy with the party elders! Should we assume that Rubin is a Howard Dean guy and not a Rahm Emanuel guy? (Sort of like choosing if you’re an East Coast or West Coast rapper.)
Of course, how much of this could be as a result of Ben Nelson’s pro-George Bush and anti-Kennedy and Kerry ads? If there are coat-tails to be ridden upon, maybe the national Dems feel that they’re better off having real Democrats (who vote like Dems, instead of pretend-Republican), instead of the likes of Ben Nelson. (And while that’s an interesting theory to kick around, the reality is that if they really thought Moul could win, they’d pour in the cash.)
And then there’s poor David Hahn’s campaign, with 700 bucks to its name… (Hahn scratching for pennies as election nears – LJS – 10/10/06.)
Finally Don Walton at the Lincoln Journal Star reviews Pete Ricketts’ latest ad (which you can find here), again centering on Ben Nelson’s failure to pay his Sarpy County property taxes (Ricketts ad revives Nelson’s safari hunt – LJS – 10/11/06). Did you remember that Ben Nelson shot and killed a lion, a zebra, a steenbok, a blesbok, kudu, springbuck, warthog, ostrich, lynx and a giraffe (ah those wily giraffes…)? We can’t wait to find out what Mort Sullivan has killed!