Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sen Dodd Has Only Five Supporters in Home State

U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) is facing one of the most hotly contested Senate races in 2010 and has collected only $4,250 from just 5 Connecticut residents. The five term Senator has, however, raised in the first five months of the year $604,745 from almost 400 individual donors who don't even live in his state.

From the Connecticut Post:

Dodd raised less from Connecticut residents than he did in 18 other states and the District of Columbia, according to campaign finance documents filed Wednesday.

He took in $90,795 from Massachusetts residents, $81,550 from Texas, $56,150 from Maryland, and $53,400 from New York.

Dodd also collected $437,407 from political action committees, including two based in Connecticut that contributed $7,000. He took in $2,271 from individuals contributing less than $200 each.

Overall, Dodd's campaign reported ending the first quarter of 2009 with nearly $1.4 million cash on hand, according to campaign finance documents filed Wednesday.

"Normally, it doesn't matter where the money comes from, but Chris Dodd is in a peculiar situation," said Larry Sabato, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia. "Dodd would be much better off raising as much money as possible from residents of the Nutmeg State. Everyone knows he's powerful in Washington, but that's what has gotten him into trouble. He needs to reconnect with the people in Connecticut and in-state contributions are a good way to do that."
Normally, it doesn't matter where the money comes from!! Of course, it matters. It matters a great deal and that the campaign system doesn't think it matters may be the biggest problem with campaign financing. Just go to the files of Atlas Shrugs to see where Obama got his money. It matters.

If we really want campaign reform, maybe this would be a good place to start rather than limiting the amount of money donated: (1) campaign money can only be collected from legally registered voters living in the voting district; (2) corporate donations must meet the same requirements as registered voter individual contributions; (3) national campaign committees, political action committees, and any other such entities are dissolved.

Senators are supposed to be representing the State government and the people of the State in which they reside, not a bunch of non-state voters from wherever with money coming from whomever. In fact, the whole 17th Amendment should be repealed and returned to the original election of Senators by the State Legislators to represent the State Govt as the Founders intended.

Only five in-state supporters. That's a disgrace. Five state residents determining the future representative simply is not right. In fact, it's Left.

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suek said...

>>corporate donations must meet the same requirements as registered voter individual contributions;>>

Corporations don't vote. How about _no_ corporate donations? If they want to encourage their employees, fine - have a box like a suggestion box where employees could drop checks in along with the required form. But donations on an individual basis only.

If I were king...!!

Indigo Red said...

I pondered that, suek, and it's still the better idea. I decided, however, to stay with the reality that corporations would still donate money somehow so might as well have some controls on it.