Pelosi is pushing House Democrats to pay up. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel urged senior House Democrats Thursday to reinforce the House political arm’s financial position in the campaign’s final stretch.
The DCCC, the envy of the political committee fundraising world, is feeling the pinch thanks to a flood of money coming from Republican-affiliated outside groups. Plus, there is increasing ire within the caucus at Democratic outside groups that are focusing their financial resources on Senate campaigns.
Pelosi and Israel held a Thursday afternoon conference call with ranking members of House committees. Pelosi said that if Democrats lose seats, the party also will lose committee assignments, according to several Democrats who were on the call or briefed about it later.
She further impressed upon the “rankers” — those top minority party members on House committees — the need to push rank-and-file members to pay their assigned party dues.
“Clearly they need money, and they’re putting the heat on,” a Democrat who was on the call told CQ Roll Call.
There is little time left.