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Senate Democrats Get Creative to Help Harry

Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) has also hosted two fundraisers for Reid in her home state, and she gave $10,000 to the Nevada party.

Rank-and-file Members are all over the map: 31 of 59 members of the caucus gave the maximum $10,000 ó $5,000 each for the primary and the general election ó to Reidís re-election campaign from their leadership PACs.

But some Senators went beyond that.

For instance, Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) was among the top rank-and-file contributors to Reid, giving $10,000 from his Reuniting Our Country PAC and $4,000 from his personal campaign account.

Lieberman has proved to be an aggravation for Reid: He endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) over President Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race and changed his stance on health care reform last year.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein not only gave Reid the maximum contribution from her PAC, but the California Democrat also produced $2,300 from her own pocketbook to aid the Majority Leader and gave an additional $5,000 to the Nevada Democratic Party.

Similarly, Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller maxed out to Reid from his PAC, but the West Virginia Democrat also dug into his own bank account to give an additional $2,800 to Reid.

Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) also attempted to outdo his rank-and-file colleagues. While most Democrats gave a maximum of $5,000 to the Nevada party, Carper threw in $10,000, after first maxing out to Reidís campaign.

Sen. Jim Webb gave relatively little from his Born Fighting PAC ó he gave just $2,500 ó but the Virginian was one of the few Democrats to give an in-kind donation of $1,849 for catering.

Freshman Members were more likely than old bulls to give the maximum amount to Reid, and Members up for re-election this year generally gave less. Most Democrats contributed to Reid from their leadership PACS, if they have them, rather than tapping into their own campaign funds.

Notably, six Democrats do not appear to have given to Reid or to the Nevada Democratic Party this cycle, including Sens. Daniel Akaka (Hawaii), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Roland Burris (Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Carte Goodwin (W.Va.) and Ted Kaufman (Del.).

Bennet is in a competitive battle to stay in the Senate, while Burris, Goodwin and Kaufman are all leaving after the November elections. Gillibrand is up for election this cycle, but she faces a clear ride to secure a full term, while Akaka isnít up for re-election until 2012.

But Akaka, Gillibrand and Bennet have used PACs that they are affiliated with to contribute to the DSCC.

Goodwin and Kaufman do not have any established campaign committees or PACs, given their status as appointed placeholder Senators who never planned to run for office. What little Burris raised has primarily gone to pay off legal debts associated with his controversial appointment by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D).

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