THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

Fundraising Shakedown …

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on July 17, 2008

Apparently, the fundraising arm for Democratic Congressional candidates is complaining that they aren’t getting enough help from their Presidential nominee in raising cheddar.

Barack Obama’s fundraising talents are now being tested and stretched in unexpected ways.

Nominees are expected to assist congressional candidates and the national party with funds. But never before have they been expected to assist their broke and vanquished opponent – in this case Sen. Clinton – and doing so after having opted out of public financing.

On top of that the slow economy doesn’t help.

With the prowess Obama has displayed with Internet fundraising, it is curious the congressional arm hasn’t followed suit. Doing it by US mail and not email says more about the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee than it does about Obama.

What also strikes us as somewhat interesting – and rather shady – about this sudden obligation Obama must fulfill by raising money for Sen. Clinton is that it’s extremely unprecedented. In many respects, one can argue that it’s a shakedown or political blackmail: the Clintons and their supporters are basically holding the threat of party infighting and a disrupted nomination over Obama’s head if he doesn’t comply with their demands.

It’s all rather unseemly and a first. And it just so happens that it’s the first African American Presidential nominee who’s getting hustled. Which presents another impression that could leave a very sour taste if it keeps up or is responsible for ruining Obama’s chances. Many can reasonably argue that there are hidden and rather nefarious racial messages in this forced fund raising obligation.

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