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Posted on 08/29/2006 8:39:22 AM PDT by IrishMike
Congressman Rahm Emanuel, who leads the Democrats' efforts to retake the House and Senate, is criticizing two of his party's leading allies - George Soros and MoveOn.org - for spending too little on the midterm elections. "In the 2004 election there were some very active players who, as far as I can tell, have now decided they're neither going to be involved in the field, advertising or anything," Emanuel told the Daily News. "Do you know where they are?"
In 2004, Soros and other wealthy Democrats poured more than $200 million into so-called 527s, which supplemented the campaign of John Kerry. Political campaigns are legally barred from coordinating strategy with the independent groups, but they vastly strengthened the Democrats' field organizing.
This year, there are no important national 527s supporting the Democrats, with many donors disillusioned by both Kerry's defeat and how little infrastructure their 2004 spending left behind.
On the right, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a big business lobby, is underwriting an independent campaign on behalf of Republican candidates. The one group that has intervened on behalf of the Democrats is MoveOn's political action committee, which ran hard-edged anti-Republican advertisements in key districts - then took them off the air, leaving Emanuel fuming.
"MoveOn goes into four districts, advertises, does a great job in each of those districts, and they literally moved on. The election is in November, and they moved on in June," he said. "I'm like, What is going on here?' I don't get it. I'm bewildered. Do you think for a moment the Chamber of Commerce will not run another ad in one of these campaigns?"
MoveOn.org's Washington director, Tom Matzzie, responded sharply to Emanuel's criticism, saying the group had made an early impact in key races and plans to spend $25 million this year.
(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...
Soros is not a bottomless pit after all....!
Translation: I'm having a hard time squeezing money out of these guys -- could my friends in the media maybe publicly embarass these guys and make them cough up some dough?
Even Soros knows a loser when he sees it. LOL
I'd say George isn't willing to invest in Congressional Seats. He wants something with more ROI like a Presidency or two or three SCOTUS Justices.
Frankly, I don't believe this story for a half minute.
Why yes, yes you are.
Look to Mikey Moore to put out another of his "documentaries" just in time for the elections. Mor-on.org is a more appropriate moniker for that organization.
C'mon Soros! Keep shoveling money into the fire! We're enjoying the show. :-)
Aug 17th 2006
From The Economist print edition
RAHM EMANUEL, a congressman from Illinois, is often compared to Newt Gingrich. The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is clever, energetic and utterly determined to win back the House of Representatives in November. He is also, like the man who led the Republicans to just such a triumph in 1994, somewhat abrasive. He once sent a rotting fish to a pollster who irked him. When he was only 32, his aggressive fundraising helped Bill Clinton win the presidency. At a dinner afterwards, while others celebrated, he snatched up a steak knife and started plunging it into the table, naming his political enemies and yowling Dead! after each stab.
Some say Mr Emanuel learned to act tough to pre-empt the jeers he might otherwise have attracted as a schoolboy ballet dancer in Chicago. (He was goodhis mother was apparently upset when he turned down a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet school.) Be that as it may, his style seems to work. Rahmbo, as he is known, is skilled not only at squeezing money out of donors (if the pledge is too small, he lets them know), but also at making sure that the candidates who get it campaign effectively. He makes them sign agreements specifying how many appearances and fund-raising phone calls they will make. He approaches his job with the sensibility of a Mob bookie, gushed a profile in Rolling Stone last year.
Next week Mr Emanuel will publish his answer to Mr Gingrich's Contract with America, the small-government manifesto that helped Republicans capture the House in 1994. It is called The Plan: Big Ideas for America, and is co-written with Bruce Reed, an old chum from the Clinton White House. It has signs of being written in a hurry. Was America in the 1950s and 1960s a land of opportunity and certainty, as he tells us on page 31? Or has it always been a land of opportunity, not certainty, as he says 11 pages later? The obligatory Bush-bashing is stale and waffly: Bush inherited the longest economic boom in history and gave the middle class the highest anxiety in memory. But the Plan itself is solid and mostly sensible.
Probably the main reason wages have not risen much in recent years is that health-insurance premiums, which many American employers shoulder, have soared. The Plan lists ways to curb them. Doctors, rather than being paid for every test and injection they providean arrangement that inevitably leads to over-doctoringshould be paid by results. Patients should be given better incentives to stay healthy: insurers, for example, should push them to take free physical exams to spot ailments early. Better use of information technology could supposedly save $162 billion a year. If the system is made more efficient, Mr Emanuel thinks coverage can be extended to all American children. But he concedes that a nation as individualistic as America will probably never accept a European-style national health serviceand he should know, having worked on Hillary Clinton's doomed health project in the 1990s. He argues, however, that maybe, some day, every American might receive a voucher for basic health services from the insurer of his or her choice.
Mindful of the teachers' unions, he avoids the V-word when discussing education. But he has some sensible ideas. Subsidies for those who cannot afford to go to college are currently too complex; he would replace the five main schemes with a single $3,000-a-year tax credit. Teachers should be paid for performance, not just credentials. And schoolchildren should take shorter holidays. (The Democratic Leadership Council, a moderate Clintonian body, made the same proposal last month.)
Americans are not saving enough for retirement. Well, some are. Mr Emanuel, after six years as a White House aide, earned $16m in two and a half years as an investment banker. For those who lack his quick wits and fat Rolodex, however, he proposes other ways to build up wealth. Employees should automatically be enrolled in 401(K) pension schemes unless they object. The middle class should be exempt from capital-gains tax. And families with an income of less than $100,000 a year should surrender no more than 10% of it to the taxman. As a congressman, Mr Emanuel has proved himself something of a tax wonk, co-sponsoring a plan to do to the tax code's complexities what he once fantasised about doing to his political enemies.
Perhaps the most arresting part of the Plan concerns national security, the Democrats' perennial weak spot. Again echoing Senator Clinton, he wants 100,000 more soldiers for America's overstretched army. He also wants an elite agency to fight domestic terrorism, like Britain's MI5. Of George Bush's Department of Homeland Security, he scoffs: [It] has 180,000 employees. The London bombings in July 2005 were the work of four men with backpacks. Whose organisation chart would you rather have? Most radically, he wants all Americans aged 18-25 to undergo three months of compulsory disaster-training.
Wouldn't it be more efficient to hire more professionalsparamedics, firemen and so forth? Not in Mr Emanuel's view. He does not want merely to prepare for future disasters; he thinks his universal citizen service will bring youngsters of all backgrounds together and teach them what it means to be American. The French abandoned the idea [of national service] a decade ago, and now watch their young people riot in the streets, he says. This is a feeble explanation for the French riots. And Mr Emanuel's scheme will remind many Americans that the Democratic Party likes social engineering more than they do.
As a whole, the Plan will help rebut the charge that the Democrats have no ideas. And if they win in November, they can always ditch the more radical parts. A Plan is less binding than a Contract, and Mr Emanuel is not the Democrats' leader in the House. At least, not yet.
I kept saying 2004 election that Soros was being cheap. If he was worth 7 billion, why didn't he spend 6 billion to win?
Cheapskate penny pincher
Interesting that the Dems have designed a political party where a couple of super-rich guys are supposed to carry the entire financial burden of funding their propaganda. It mirrors precisely their STATED strategy on a national income tax level.
Rahm is a mean little ballet dancer, and Soros is EVIL....good Democrats all!!
Why should the Dems worry? After all, they've got a "lock" on the election. They don't need no stinkin' money. /s
Thanks for the good read.
Why aren't the "people" and the intelligentsia pouring money into the Democrat's coffers?
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