The Associated Press reports that the Democratic Party’s Big Money juggernaut grows stronger by the day. According to early filings, Democrats “seem to have a roughly 3-to-1 advantage over Republicans in cash raised and banked through independent groups.”
Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic group run by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has been particularly adept at convincing The One Percent to buy our democracy with large sums of sweet cash:
Gallup has a poll out today ahead of the April 15 tax-filing deadline showing that, when it comes to paying taxes, independent voters are far more likely to agree with Republicans than they are with Democrats:
Democrats have begun their annual push for “paycheck fairness” legislation, which is less about achieving an actual policy result than it is about teeing up an issue for Democrats to run on in the midterms.
However, if passed, this legislation would be a financial boon to some of the Democratic Party’s largest and most loyal donors—trial lawyers—by making it easier for employers to sue their employers for discrimination, facilitating the filing of large class-action lawsuits, and making it harder for employers to defend themselves in court.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) reacted swiftly to revelations that his campaign had purchased $16,786 worth of “holiday gifts” (for donors) from his own granddaughter, announcing that he would personally reimburse his campaign for the cost of the trinkets. Reid also angrily rebuffed a reporter’s question about the questionable campaign activity, chiding him for describing the amount as $17,000. “Sixteen [thousand dollars], but whatever,” Reid snarked.
Patriotic American and U.S. Senator David Vitter (R., La.) pushed backed against the Democratic Party’s troubling pro-cancer agenda this week by defending libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch, calling them “two of the most patriotic Americans on the face of the earth.”
“I’ll be honest with you. My reaction is God bless the Koch brothers, they’re fighting for our freedoms,” Vitter said at an event in Shreveport, La., on Tuesday in response to a constituent’s question about the nefarious “Kotch” brothers. Evidently, that constituent is unfamiliar with the Democrats’ bitingly clever slogan: “Republicans are addicted to Koch”—pronounced “coke,” as in the drug cocaine, which is addicting.
It’s only March, but the Democratic Party is already having a rough year. Midterm elections in November could make it even worse. Fortunately, the Democrats have assembled a compelling platform of Big Ideas to present to voters.