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Blue Dogs' Fundraising Plummets

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Efforts to punish bluedog Democrats by witholding funding are working big-time. Not only are bloggers and progressives witholding support from Democrats who have spoken out against public option or single payer, but PACs are holding back.

The Center for public integrity reports,
It's official. The Blue Dog's fundraising slowdown was not just a symptom of the dog days of summer. Newly released public disclosure forms indicate that over September, the coalition's PAC took in its smallest monthly total yet this year.

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Our analysis
of the fiscally conservative and increasingly influential Blue Dog
Coalition and its funding noted that the group's political action
committee had averaged more than $176,000 in receipts from other PACs
over the first half of 2009. Their monthly haul dropped to a
surprisingly low $27,000 in July, rebounded somewhat in August, and but then dropped again to just $12,500 in September.


But support for the bluedogs did not disappear altogether. Their true supporters continued to back them, in September, as the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) reported,

That September money came from just three donations -- $5,000 from
accounting and professional services giant Ernst & Young's PAC,
$2,500 from the Food Marketing Institute PAC, and $5,000 from the
National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund.
Remember those ads fighting taxes on soda and fruit drinks? And then there's an accounting company-- you know-- the kind that gets paid millions by the banksters and corporations funding lobbyists. nd finally, to make things perfectly clear, the NRA.

The good news is the populist reaction to the Blue dogs is working, so PACs appear to be afraid to give to them. That's something that further scrutiny can keep happening. The Center for Public Integrity reports,
After raising $1.1 million from January to June, the committee raised less than $87,000 between July and September.
It's not enough to go after the Blue Dogs. The other DINO Democratic group, The New Democrats are just as bad if not worse, but with lower visibility. They need to have their funding pulled out from under them too.

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