Robert Novak notes that donations to the Democratic National Committee under Howard Dean have fallen off substantially.
Democratic National Committee (DNC) fund raising under the chairmanship of Howard Dean shows a disappointing $16.7 million raised in the first quarter of 2005, compared with $34 million reported by the Republicans.
That tends to confirm dire predictions by old-line Democratic fund-raisers of a fall-off in money if Dean became chairman. He had promised to bring in heavy individual contributions, as he did in his 2004 campaign for president. But the DNC in the first quarter received only $13 million from individuals, compared to $31 million for the Republican National Committee (RNC).Whether this is an ominous sign of old Democratic money discontent, a temporary hangover from the loss of the 2004 presidential election, or a case of the folks who “bought and paid for” the Democratic party (organizations like MoveOn.org) being little behind on their payments is open for debate. Whatever the answer, if the trend continues it’s bad news for Democratic candidates for Congress and the Senate in 2006.