Schumer’s Fundraising Never Ends

Posted November 10, 2008 at 12:33pm

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) isn’t done asking donors for money in his effort to create a filibuster-proof Senate majority.

On Monday afternoon, Schumer sent an e-mail appeal to DSCC donors asking for contributions to help fund the Georgia runoff contest between Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and former state Rep. Jim Martin (D). Schumer also uses the e-mail to ask for help in funding looming recount and legal battles in Alaska and Minnesota.

“We’ve picked up 6 seats, but there are still 3 races that are up in the air,” Schumer’s e-mail appeal says in a postscript. “Our work is not yet over. Please make a contribution to help ensure that voters’ voices are heard.”

In Alaska, Sen. Ted Stevens (R) leads Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) by 3,257 votes, with potentially tens of thousands of ballots still to be counted. The bulk of those votes were cast before Stevens was convicted on seven felony counts of filing false gift disclosure statements, leaving open the possibility that he might retain his lead after all of the votes are counted.

In Minnesota, Sen. Norm Coleman (R) was holding a 204-vote lead over Democrat Al Franken early this afternoon, with a mandatory statewide recount on the horizon after the initial vote canvass finishes on schedule Monday evening or Tuesday morning.