Monday, April 5, 2010

Of Teabaggers And Bondage

Via Battlepanda, you'll enjoy this 1-minute video laying out the RNC fundraising bondage scandal for the Asian market. The part at the very end is the important thing, I think.

It's easier to raise funds if you're in power. If you aren't, committed activists and individual contributors are going to be an increasing share of your donor base. And it's going to be hard to hit them up for money when you've committed picturesque gross abuses of campaign funds.

What's more, the RNC has traditionally been the top Republican fundraising committee. For whatever reason, Democrats have been doing most of their business in their Capitol Hill fundraising committees, the DSCC and DCCC, over the last few years. Meanwhile, the GOP's bread and butter is the RNC, while their Hill committees don't raise that much money. Meanwhile, there's the option of becoming a rejectionist Teabagger for any sufficiently disenchanted member of the Republican base. (I don't know for sure how this'll play out, but in Nevada it's not inconceivable that a Tea Party candidate could nader Harry Reid into reelection.)

Having your top fundraising institution lose its credibility with an increasingly important part of your donor base while a competitor comes on the scene isn't good news.
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