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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Bleeding Heartland: Democratic Governors Association raised big money in 2009

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Democratic incumbents are facing some tough governor's races in 2010, but fortunately the Democratic Governors Association will be in a position to help in key states: "The Democratic Governors Association raised $23.1 million in 2009, more than ever before in the organization's history, and will start the 2010 election cycle with nearly 12 times as much cash on hand as 2006, the last equivalent election cycle, Chairman Gov. Jack Markell announced today." ... Losing the governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia was painful enough; I am glad to know that those campaigns didn't deplete the DGA's cash reserves. Here in Iowa, Governor Chet Culver may need the DGA's help to keep pace with Republican expenditures. Culver held lots of fundraisers during the fall, but he also spent money running a couple of television commercials statewide. Terry Branstad probably pulled in big numbers during the fourth quarter, although he will have to spend a lot of cash before the Republican primary in June. At least one other Republican candidate, Bob Vander Plaats, has enough resources to run a strong primary campaign.

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