Fundraising Woes

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FUNDRAISING WOES….Over in GOP-land, it looks like fundraising pleas are falling on deaf ears:

“It has become clear that my call has gone largely unanswered,” Sen. John Ensign of Nevada fumed in a statement. “I have no control over the timing or content of (independent) ads, but I have had no choice but to decrease the total budget for our (independent expenditures) unit.”

Republican lawmakers contributed $1.1 million to the NRSC through June, while Democrats chipped in nearly $5 million [to the DSCC, presumably, unless Dems are feeling unusually generous this year –ed.], according to FEC reports.

….Ensign had challenged his colleagues to step up back in July by increasing their fundraising efforts or by providing more of their own direct contributions. His statement amounted to a renewed call to arms.

That’s a mighty sad state of affairs, isn’t it? I wonder why no one wants to give Republicans any money this year?

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