Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Boston Globe: Kerry Raising Millions

Kerry raising millions for Democrats

WASHINGTON --Sen. John Kerry, who last November lost his bid for the White House, has spent the last seven months raising millions of dollars for Democrats across the country.

According to staff and campaign reports, Kerry has either contributed or raised more than $4.3 million for candidates and congressional committees since the beginning of the year. That total includes nearly $3 million in direct contributions, and $1.4 million in fund-raising that he directed through his Web site and his campaign for candidates and for troops overseas through the USO.

Shifting his organization from a nationwide presidential campaign to a fund-raising effort, Kerry raised $2.1 million in the last quarter through his Senate re-election committee and his political action committee, Keeping America's Promise, according to spokeswoman Katherine Lister.

Kerry, who is considered a possible candidate for the White House in 2008, has been using his e-mail list of more than 3 million supporters to direct fund-raising to Senate incumbents and Democratic challengers, as well as other state and local candidates.

One fund-raising e-mail for troops overseas raised $650,000, which went directly to the USO, Lister said.

"The 2005 and 2006 races are top priorities right now," said Lister. "John Kerry is working to support state and local efforts to strengthen the Democratic party's grassroots organizations."

So far this year, his Senate re-election committee gave $2.5 million to the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

His political action committee, which was launched in February, will report raising $600,000 in the last quarter, Lister said. The report will be filed at the end of the month.

It also will show that he gave about $135,000 in PAC money directly to Democratic candidates.


Blogger MH said...

Nice article!

btw, did you all see that Moyers is back at PBS? He is doing a show called "Wide Angle" which will be weekly hour-long documentaries of international issues.


7:45 PM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

Great news. I assumed Moyers would be doing something, but I didn't expect a weekly series.

Frontline also has some excellent documentaries on PBS. There's still some good information getting out despite the increased influence of the right wing over the media.

Did you see the recent post I had on PBS, where no signs were found of bias? (I assume they weren't including the shows they considered to be offsetting shows with liberal and conservative views.)

7:58 PM  

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