DCCC Raising Funds for Disputed Elections

Posted November 4, 2008 at 9:45am

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Tuesday morning was still appealing to its donors for money — this time so that it can afford to contest the results of any House elections it deems were adversely affected by fraud or irregularities.

“We’ve rushed every dollar donated out into the field to win more victories today,” DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) said in an e-mail fundraising appeal sent out Election Day, as heavy voter turnout was being reported at polls nationwide. “But, come tomorrow morning, we must have the resources to act quickly and decisively to challenge any election irregularities.”

The DCCC has heavily outspent the National Republican Congressional Committee on independent expenditure advertising and field activities this cycle, reporting nearly $83 million in IE outlays so far compared with about $30 million for the NRCC.

The DCCC fundraising juggernaut is now looking to keep its coffers stocked so it can afford any legal fights that it feels might be necessary in the aftermath’s of today’s elections.

House Democrats are expected to make solid gains in today’s contests.