We have always believed that Members ought to get out and get to work and do the things they were elected to do, and then over time we can get back into the campaign mode, Rogers said of the different fundraising calendars. Democrats took a different view. They felt they were going to be in charge for a very long time and decided to raise lots of money at our expense last year, and now its time to turn those tables. ... We didnt need that money last year. We sure need it this year. And so I think youre going to find the spirit of giving is stronger this year than it has been in the past.
One former DCCC staffer said the NRCCs method of fundraising from Members is a gamble and that House Democrats prefer to get Members in the habit of giving all cycle long.
We always focused on a year-round push simply because whether its a [political action committee] or a leadership PAC, [Members] always have more money at the beginning of the cycle than at the end of the cycle, the former staffer said.
The operative added that theres also more pressure put on Members campaign accounts at the end of the cycle than at the beginning.
You dont want to be chasing down Member dollars late in the cycle when youre not even in session and when youre working less with your colleagues. ... The next thing you know, you have vulnerable Members chasing other Members on the phone when they should be calling people you dont know.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.