Hoyer to Best Van Hollen as Biggest DCCC Donor

Posted October 26, 2010 at 11:45am

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is leapfrogging Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) for the title of top DCCC contributor this cycle.

A senior aide to Hoyer said this week that the Maryland Democrat will shell out another $200,000 to the DCCC before Election Day, which would make him the largest contributor to the committee this cycle. Hoyer’s additional infusion of cash would bring his total contributions to the DCCC to $1.75 million for the two-year period, $150,000 more than Van Hollen has offered up. Van Hollen has given a total of $1.6 million to the DCCC so far this cycle, triple the amount of his $450,000 party dues.

Hoyer, whose party dues are $800,000, had given $1.55 million to the DCCC as of Oct 19.

Hoyer’s re-election committee, Hoyer for Congress, will also be drawn down to about $500,000 or less by election night to help Democratic challengers and incumbents, according to his senior aide. Since AMERIPAC, Hoyer’s leadership political action committee, is limited to contributing $5,000 per candidate, per cycle and $15,000 to the DCCC per calendar year, he has shifted fundraising to his Hoyer for Congress committee, according to this aide.

Hoyer’s latest contribution to the DCCC comes as Democrats are turning up the pressure on Members to give as much as they can before Nov. 2.

Several Democrats, including Van Hollen, have recently cut new checks to the party committee.

Last week, a source close to Van Hollen said he was sending a $700,000 check to the DCCC. He has also committed to giving another $100,000 to individual candidates.

Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has also stepped up his giving. His campaign has said he plans to give an additional $275,000 to the DCCC, bringing his total to $850,000. That’s $350,000 more than his dues.