Dodd finds a whopping 5 CT donors in Q1

posted at 11:38 am on April 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Chris Dodd represents Connecticut in the US Senate, but he’s having to look elsewhere for support for re-election.  In the first quarter of 2009, Dodd got over $600,000 in donations for his 2010 re-election campaign from almost 400 people.  Only five of them come from Dodd’s state:

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd appears to have looked everywhere but his home state to fuel what pundits anticipate will be one of the most hotly contested races in the nation in 2010.

The five-term incumbent reported raising just $4,250 from five Connecticut residents during the first three months of the year while raking in $604,745 from nearly 400 individuals living outside the state.

While incumbents often turn to special interests for early campaign fundraising, Dodd’s out-of-state total seems unusually high and comes at a time when he has been plagued by poor approval ratings among state voters.

In fact, Dodd did better in 18 other states and in DC than he did in Connecticut.  Barney Frank helped him get his best haul in Massachusetts, where he got more than $90K, and he took in more than $50K from New York.  Oddly, Texas came in second with $81K, which must have mostly come from Austin.

Political analysts note that having a $1.4 million war chest at this stage is not exactly bad news, but the way Dodd amassed it has been unprecedented.  Connecticut isn’t exactly parsimonious with political contributions.  The rank in the top third of all states for per-capita contributions, so Dodd can’t plead a lack of potential resources.

It looks plain that Connecticut has rejected Dodd rather soundly, and now a bunch of people from other states want Dodd propped up in place.  At some point, Connecticut voters will have to decide whether they want two Senators from their own state, or allow other states to dictate their second position in the Senate.  In fact, it looks as though Nutmeg State voters have already made that decision … with their pocketbooks.


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He doesn’t need them. He has other friends, like Fannie and Freddie.

Vashta.Nerada on April 17, 2009 at 11:40 AM

I doubt this means we can flip the seat but maybe we’ll at least see Dodd get replaced with some other liberal. At least the new guy wouldn’t have had a large hand in crashing the financial system.

Kronos on April 17, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Unfortunately, Dodd has already secured a house, a nicely padded bank account, and a secure pension by selling out the better interests of this country.

hawksruleva on April 17, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Has Dodd tried to campaign in Obama’s other 7 states!

canopfor on April 17, 2009 at 11:42 AM

By Golly, there is a Santa Claus!

upinak on April 17, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Meanwhile, the media is saying that fundraising is up despite the recession.

I’m sure that puts salt in the wound.

MadisonConservative on April 17, 2009 at 11:43 AM

To be fair, it’s people only 5 people who donated over $200, right?

lorien1973 on April 17, 2009 at 11:43 AM

He’ll still win reelection.

BadgerHawk on April 17, 2009 at 11:49 AM

BadgerHawk on April 17, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Yep.

lorien1973 on April 17, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Dodd needs to go retire to Ireland in that mansion he ripped off.

izoneguy on April 17, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Wonder how much of that money actually came from George Soros?

GarandFan on April 17, 2009 at 11:58 AM

“Barney Frank helped him get his best haul in Massachusetts…….”

By Tea Bagging…………

…………… no doubt.

Seven Percent Solution on April 17, 2009 at 11:59 AM

He’ll still win reelection.

BadgerHawk on April 17, 2009 at 11:49 AM

ugh … and that is such the truth.

I wish people would start looking for other areas concerning voting and who is the best, not by name recognition.

upinak on April 17, 2009 at 12:00 PM

In fact, it looks as though Nutmeg State voters have already made that decision … with their pocketbooks.

hmmm….. Chaos Redux?

Kid from Brooklyn on April 17, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Political analysts note that having a $1.4 million war chest at this stage is not exactly bad news

Good Afternoon Extremists.

Now this is really bad news…..
Burris fundraising total: $845

Knucklehead on April 17, 2009 at 12:02 PM

People in Connecticut are stupid and will re-elect this douchenozzle.

Nahanni on April 17, 2009 at 12:02 PM

How long until Soros funneled money lines Dodd’s pockets? I hope it doesn’t matter, and that ACORN cannot find enough dead-beat druggies to vote for him.

DannoJyd on April 17, 2009 at 12:03 PM

If Barney Frank is still popular enough to help Dodd raise $90K we are still in trouble for 2010.

duff65 on April 17, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I bet the rest of the voters are chewing the ears off of those five right now.

unclesmrgol on April 17, 2009 at 12:12 PM

I doubt this means we can flip the seat but maybe we’ll at least see Dodd get replaced with some other liberal. At least the new guy wouldn’t have had a large hand in crashing the financial system.

Kronos on April 17, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Pyrhic victory? Till Dodd and Franks are in a cell figuring out who’s gonna be who’s beeyoch, justice will not have been served.

Rogue on April 17, 2009 at 12:21 PM

I find it surprising (not really) that for state offices their has to be some ration of state money to out of state money raised.
It seems the majority of your campaign money should come from your constituents, that is the state.

right2bright on April 17, 2009 at 12:25 PM

He should call Hillary, she knows some Chinese that might be willing to donate.

moxie_neanderthal on April 17, 2009 at 12:27 PM

In most contests, getting the vast majority of your financial support from out of state would be something that could be used to great affect by your opponent.

MarkTheGreat on April 17, 2009 at 12:37 PM

He doesn’t need them. He has other friends, like Fannie and Freddie.

Don’t forget Angelo.

David in San Diego on April 17, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Doesn’t matter. Once election time comes around, he will say his Republican opponent is just an evil Bush/Cheney clone and the sheep will vote for Dodd.

Speedwagon82 on April 17, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Only five of them come from Dodd’s state

Quote of the Month!

Only Senator without a State!

Limerick on April 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Sounds like the Democrat Party is falling into step with the UK. Over there, a politician doesn’t need to actually live in the district they represent.

I think Albert Gore Sr. and Jr. started the trend over here. They lived in a luxurious hotel in Washington, D.C. and supposedly represented some place they called ‘Armand Hammer’. Actual residents of the State of Tennessee barely recall seeing either of them except when campaigning.

SeniorD on April 17, 2009 at 1:20 PM

I doubt this means we can flip the seat [....]

Kronos on April 17, 2009 at 11:42 AM

If Barney Frank is still popular enough [....]

duff65 on April 17, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Seat flipping…. Barney Frank…..

This thread is heading south, with all these gay references. You guys are as bad as Cooper and Schuster with all of their teabagging references!

;-)

UltimateBob on April 17, 2009 at 1:45 PM

He’ll still win reelection

.

It is not a well known fact re-election rules stack the deck in favor of the incumbent. I have no doubt that those in power will not allow one of their key members to lose the election.

Franklyn on April 17, 2009 at 1:58 PM

It seems the majority of your campaign money should come from your constituents, that is the state.

I would agree,but I doubt our current congress sees it that way. Constituents are those you represent, and Dodd apparenty does not limit that to the people who elected him,or voted against him. Once the republic is gone and we have a socialist democracy in its place, it will not matter who supports them since they will virtually represent the people, where ever they are, who benifit from their being in power. Power begets power as the saying goes.

Franklyn on April 17, 2009 at 2:11 PM

May those 5 rot in hell.

notagool on April 17, 2009 at 2:42 PM

What Republican is running against Dodd? I heard Schiff and Kudlow, but both seem doubtful

Why doesn’t Toomey run against Dodd instead of Specter?

DarkKnight3565 on April 17, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Just remember peeps, Cronyn who is in charge of the Republican Senatorial election committee, has committed to giving fund money to SPecter. They will NEVER get another dime from me. I am going to donate directly to Toomey. Even if he loses, we can hopefully teach the other remaining incumbant RINOs to begin to move back from the Dem side of voting.

karenhasfreedom on April 17, 2009 at 2:57 PM

People in Connecticut are stupid and will re-elect this douchenozzle.

Nahanni on April 17, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Here – fixed it for you:

People in CT who re-elect this douchenozzle are stupid.

Yes, I live in CT. And will hoot and holler for joy if we can successfully get Dodd out.

KrisinNE on April 17, 2009 at 3:58 PM

What Republican is running against Dodd? I heard Schiff and Kudlow, but both seem doubtful

Why doesn’t Toomey run against Dodd instead of Specter?

DarkKnight3565 on April 17, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Never mind. Getting my states mixed up.

DarkKnight3565 on April 17, 2009 at 4:22 PM

i’m actually proud of my adopted state today.

e.koenig on April 17, 2009 at 6:16 PM

People in Connecticut are stupid and will re-elect this douchenozzle.

Nahanni on April 17, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Not if I can help it. Simmons for Senate!

We’re not ALL stupid in CT.

Steve Z on April 17, 2009 at 7:00 PM