Nice to see some hard numbers pushing back against the grating beltway CW:
Vulnerable House Democrats who supported the healthcare bill last month reaped big financial rewards. …
Several of these members were last-minute yes votes, which helped push the legislation to passage.
Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) raised more than $140,000 from PACs and fellow members in the final 10 days of the quarter – which was more than one-third of the $400,000 total he raised for the entire quarter.
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) raised more than $100,000 from political committees after deciding to vote yes on the bill, and he raised about $475,000 overall.
Reps. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) weren’t far behind, each raising more than $90,000 from PACs and fellow members of
Congress in the final week-plus of the quarter. Halvorson raised $410,000 total, while Giffords raised nearly $500,000.
And it’s not just individual candidates – the party committees saw a big bump, too. I don’t think healthcare reform is going to be our savior by any stretch – we’re going to have a brutal year pretty much no matter what. But the alternate – not passing anything – would have been vastly worse.