Politico reports that Democrats are encountering a brutal fundraising period in their longtime donor stronghold of mega-rich New York. The exact quarterly figures won't be known until after the July 15 filing deadline, but some Democratic campaign insiders are calling this the worst period for fundraising they've experienced in the New York area since 1994 (there's that year again).
Critics of the Republican party are having a field day over a Republican National Committee fundraising document, obtained by Politico, that encourages operatives to use "fear" to solicit donations. In response to its own question, "What can you sell when you do not have the White House, the House, or the Senate?" the document responds, "Save the country from trending toward Socialism!" Another portion of the document, titled "The Evil Empire," depicts the president as the Joker from Batman, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Cruella DeVille, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as Scooby Doo. The only thing surprising about these portions of the document is that anyone is surprised about them (if anyone actually is). As former Congressman Tom Davis says: I've been in politics over 40 years. Why would I be shocked by this? Nobody wants to be associated with this, but this is something I've seen all the time. Fundraising is never easy, it's never pretty...this goes on routinely and they do it because it's successful...You [fire up donors] through humor and some raw meat. Republican strategist John Feehery made the same point: I have seen a lot of fundraising pitches in my time and the primary goal is to scare donors into giving money to save the republic ASAP. While this presentation was pretty ugly, it is unsurprising. You don't get any money from donors saying the opponent is a nice guy. Another Republican consultant, John Harris, added: Democrats raise money by saying Republicans want to take Social Security away from seniors. They raise money by calling us war mongers. They raise money by accusing us of wanting sick patients to die. He's right, of course. The fear factor is a staple of fundraising by both parties. The RNC document is also unkind to Republican donors. It recommends raising money