With friends like these, who needs Republicans? (boldface mine)
Although basically every Democratic woman candidate is petrified to speak publicly about EMILY’s List’s shenanigans, I’ve heard from candidate after candidate the same exact details for years. For example, when EMILY’s List “suggests” that the candidates they raise money for hire The New Media, Inc., not everyone is aware that that firm’s president, Tierney Hunt is the wife of EMILY’s List Campaigns Director Jonathan Parker. The money EMILY’s List demands cannot be spent on something useful– like a field operation— but must be wasted on a lame Beltway firm is going to personally enrich an EMILY’s List executive. It’s how EMILY’s List killed the campaigns this year of Alex Sink, Wendy Greuel and Eloise Reyes. Several despairing candidates have said to me that they are forced to sit on the phone all day begging for money and that all the money winds up in the pockets of utterly worthless consultants they are forced to hire. And then they lose….
Instead of reliable information on the performance of these consultants– almost none of whom are any good– you get self-interested staffers at the DCCC and EMILY’s guiding you into their arms, gently– unless you resist. If you resist, you are threatened and forced to hire the consultants. This is how one Member of Congress put it: “High-priced DC consultants go to work for the DCCC, and then again become high-priced DC consultants, usually pollsters or media consultants. While at the DCCC, they ‘recommend’ (i.e., insist) that candidates seeking DCCC support use their old firms, or the firms to which they plan to go. This results in several fundamental problems: (1) The DCCC’s own money is wasted on shoddy work. (2) The candidates’ money is wasted on shoddy work. (3) Both kinds of money are spent, overwhelmingly, on work that gains 15% commissions, especially TV ads, rather than non-commissionable fieldwork, voter handouts, ‘free media’ and community events.” She’s one of the dozens of Democratic incumbents who have come to the conclusion that the DCCC has to be worked around or just ignored entirely.
And the congregation responds: This is yet another reason why we can’t have nice things.
Turning that frown upside down: One way to work around the DCCC is to donate to candidates directly through ActBlue.