This Washington Post article highlights the nervousness among Democratic incumbent lawmakers over this November election.
House Democratic lawmakers are holding onto their campaign cash despite pleas from the campaign committee for money to help the party, a reflection of the nervousness among incumbents.
Only 16 of the 254 members of the Democratic caucus have paid their full obligation to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press. Of those, dozens have outstanding balances of at least $125,000. Lawmakers in unexpectedly tight re-election campaigns and those who could face serious challenges are keeping their dollars in their accounts.
Rep. Paul Kanjorski, a Pennsylvania Democrat who won re-election with 52 percent of the vote, has not paid his $250,000 DCCC dues despite almost $1.2 million in the bank.
Here is an interesting assessment about Kanjorski's self proclaimed clout.
Democratic leaders assess dues on members of their caucus, ranging from $800,000 each for top lawmakers to $150,000 annually for less powerful members. If Paul Kanjorski owes $250,000 does that mean he really isn't as powerful as he claims? He owes less than 1/3 of those considered top lawmakers.
Some in the blogosphere have pointed to Kanjorski's $1.2 million. However, it appears they were misled about the money in his campaign war chest.