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Monday, March 05, 2012

Obama To House And Senate Democrats: No Money For You!

By Susan Duclos

Yes, I paraphrased, but from The Politico article it is quite accurate as the writer describes Obama's message to House and Senate Democrats who privately sought as much as $30 million combined from Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee — a replay of the financial help they received from Obama in 2008 and 2010, which is "you're on your own."

But that’s not going to happen, top Obama aides Jim Messina and David Plouffe told Reid and Pelosi in back-to-back meetings on Capitol Hill on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the high-level talks. It was a stark admission from a presidential campaign once expected to rake in as much as $1 billion of just how closely it is watching its own bottom line.

Messina and Plouffe told the two Hill leaders that there would be no cash transfers to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from OFA or the DNC, at least not before Election Day, the sources said.

Obama required Senate Democrats to put themselves out on a weak limb time and time again as he pushed them to pass legislature such as Obamacare, knowing they were doing so in direct opposition to voter's desires, knowing they would be held accountable as House Democrats were in the 2010 election which produced the biggest turnover in seats from Democratic to Republican than had been seen on decades and resulted a large majority for Republicans who took control of the House.

Now it is 2012 and 23 Senate democrats are on the chopping block compared to only 10 Republican Senate seats and all those Democrats that shoved Obama's agenda down the throats of Americans over the last three years are now being left to hang by Barack Obama.

Hill Democrats won’t be seeing much of Obama at their own fundraisers this year, either. Obama has offered to do one money event each for the DCCC and DSCC. OFA officials suggested Vice President Joe Biden do two fundraisers for each campaign committee. Obama will instead send out an email and fundraising letter solicitations for both committees.

Nor, for that matter, have Obama or Biden committed to do events for individual Democratic lawmakers. That’s true even though 23 Democrat-held Senate seats are up for grabs in a competitive battle for control of that chamber. And no fundraisers have been scheduled yet for House and Senate Democrats with Cabinet officials, usually a staple of an election-year calendar for incumbent presidents looking to boost their party’s prospects.

Dog eat dog Democrats and to Obama, as we have seen over the last three years, Obama's agenda and now reelection comes before everything and everyone else.