There may be no Democratic candidate in America more valuable to the party’s efforts to take back the House than former Rep. Dina Titus.
The Nevadan, running in a safe Las Vegas-based district, has donated time and a staggering amount of money to help Democrats nationwide who are running for office. To date, Titus has contributed or helped raise $80,000 for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and an additional $74,000 for fellow House candidates. Democrats hope her efforts will help the party cut deeply into the Republican majority.
“It’s a critical element in our Drive to 25,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) said in an interview. “Dina and other Majority Makers are helping us raise the resources we need not just to elect them, but to elect a Democratic majority.”
Titus, ousted from her old House seat in 2010 by now-Rep. Joe Heck (R), is one of eight candidates running in safe districts who are assisting other candidates as part of the DCCC’s Majority Makers. The new program this cycle encourages a sharing of the wealth with others who need it more.
The other candidates participating in the program are: Joyce Beatty in Ohio, Tony Cardenas in California, Joaquin Castro in Texas, Lois Frankel in Florida, former Rep. Alan Grayson in Florida, Steven Horsford in Nevada and Dan Kildee in Michigan. More are expected to be announced in the near future.
Among them, Titus is leading the pack.
Beyond her support for the DCCC, Titus has donated through her campaign or leadership political action committee $5,000 each to former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s 1st district, Ami Bera in California’s 7th district, Keith Fitzgerald in Florida’s 13th district, Rep. Kathy Hochul in New York’s 26th district and Rep. Larry Kissell in North Carolina’s 8th district. She also gave $1,000 to Julia Brownley in California’s 26th district.
Titus is headlining fundraisers in two different cities Saturday. One is in Phoenix for Kirkpatrick, who is also running to return to Capitol Hill after falling victim to the 2010 Republican wave; the other is in Las Vegas for 3rd district candidate John Oceguera.
The majority of Titus’ help has gone to Oceguera, the Nevada Assembly Speaker who is challenging Heck. Titus has stumped for Oceguera, is co-hosting another fundraiser for him Saturday, and has already donated $9,000 to him and helped him raise $40,000. Titus said Oceguera “is getting his sea legs” now and will emerge victorious come November.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.