Democratic Freshmen Raise Twice as Much as GOP for 2008 House Races

This is huge, folks. It’s not only a sign of support for Democrats, but a sign that even traditional Republican donors see the writing on the wall…

More: Dem freshmen get fundraising burst –

Democrats who captured control of the House last year after a 12-year hiatus are dominating the first clash of the 2008 elections: the money race.

The most vulnerable House Democrats — freshmen who won in districts that went for President Bush in 2004 — raised an average of $600,000 in the first six months of this year, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. That’s nearly double what Republican freshmen raised. If the trend continues, it will make it difficult for the GOP to reduce Democrats’ 231-202 House majority.

"Our goal is to put our members in the strongest position as possible, as quickly as possible," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "We are right on target."

The 42 Democratic freshmen raised an average of $1.8 million to win election in November, half of them in Bush districts. Four raised more than $3 million.

2008 should be a blowout year, folks, although we can’t get cocky. We need for Dems to not only have a majority in both halves of Congress, but to CONTROL them. Then, when they’re in, and the Democratic president is sitting pretty (provided we don’t end up with "President for Life" Bush), we can bombard them with letters and demands for what needs to be done to fix the problems the right wing has caused in the last (by then) 28 years, and become a progressive nation once again…

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