Nation: Democrats Lead in Leadership PAC Giving

Posted February 22, 2010 at 6:40pm

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) was feeling generous in January, pouring $95,000 from his political action committee into the coffers of his fellow Democrats, according to the latest monthly leadership PAC reports.

Hoyer led in PAC giving among the House leadership of both parties and further padded the giving gap between the Democratic and Republican leadership this cycle.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) gave $20,000 to federal committees through his PAC, $15,000 of which went to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) gave $5,000 in contributions, and DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) gave $2,000.

The eight top members of the Democratic House leadership team gave $2.3 million in PAC contributions to federal candidates and other campaign committees through the end of January, compared with $1.7 million total in PAC giving from the Republican eight-member leadership team.

However, half of the GOP leadership team members do not file monthly PAC reports, so their January contributions are not included in the total. Of the four who did not file, only Chief Deputy Minority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) has been a major contributor to other federal candidates and committees.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) gave the most among the GOP leadership last month — $20,000 from his PETE PAC, $15,000 of which went to the NRCC.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) made $15,000 in PAC donations.

Hoyer, meanwhile, distributed his $95,000 among 20 vulnerable Democratic House incumbents, plus one $5,000 contribution to Massachusetts Attorney Gen. Martha Coakley, the Democrat who lost in that state’s Senate special election last month. Hoyer’s AmeriPAC trails only Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in terms of giving thus far this cycle.

House GOP to Meet NRCC’s ‘Young Guns’

The National Republican Congressional Committee is throwing a bit of a coming out party for its top recruits this week.

The GOP candidates who have achieved the highest rank in the NRCC’s “Young Guns” program will be formally introduced to current House Republicans at their regular meeting Wednesday. If they haven’t done so already, the House Members will be encouraged to cut checks to the campaign accounts of the visiting candidates.

The 10 who have reached the highest level of the NRCC’s three-tiered program are: Martha Roby in Alabama’s 2nd district, Tim Griffin in Arkansas’ 2nd, Dennis Ross in Florida’s 12th, Allen West in Florida’s 22nd, Vaughn Ward in Idaho’s 1st, Andy Harris in Maryland’s 1st, Steve Pearce in New Mexico’s 2nd, Steve Chabot in Ohio’s 1st, Steve Stivers in Ohio’s 15th and Pat Meehan in Pennsylvania’s 7th.