We keep hearing that if there’s a government shutdown the Republicans will get blamed and Democrats will skate without so much as the proverbial scratch. If that’s the case, why is the DNC nearly broke, while the RNC is pretty flush with cash?
There’s another budget crisis in Washington, and it’s unfolding inside the Democratic party. The Democratic National Committee remains so deeply in the hole from spending in the last election that it is struggling to pay its own vendors.
It is a highly unusual state of affairs for a national party — especially one that can deploy the President as its fundraiser-in-chief – and it speaks to the quiet but serious organizational problems the party has yet to address since the last election, obscured in part by the much messier spectacle of GOP infighting.
The Democrats’ numbers speak for themselves: Through August, 10 months after helping President Obama secure a second term, the DNC owed its various creditors a total of $18.1 million, compared to the $12.5 million cash cushion the Republican National Committee is holding.
Several executives at firms that contract to provide services to the party – speaking anonymously to avoid antagonizing what remains an important if troubled client — describe an organization playing for time as they raise alarms about past-due bills falling further behind. And senior strategists close to the DNC say they worry the organization appears to have no road map back to solvency. “They really thought they could get this money raised by the summer,” one said, “but the fact is, from talking to people over there, they have no real plan for how to solve this.” (Read More)
Some blame President Obama for ignoring the DNC, others blame OFA, his campaign organization turned “non-profit” group. Whatever the reason, you would think that if they were truly popular with the people they wouldn’t have so much trouble paying their bills. Then again, look how they’re running the country’s budget. They’re inept. No wonder they’re frantically sending emails begging for cash every five minutes.