Not Yet a Congressman, Pocan Already Has a PAC
Anyone want to give me over / under odds that Pocan is running or a chief fund raiser at the DCCC in six years time?
Six lawmakers-elect filed paperwork to establish their own leadership political action committees in September, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Reps.-elect Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), Roger Williams (R-Texas), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) all established leadership PACs — a fundraising vehicle that members use to support candidates and colleagues — before Nov. 1.
Pocan, who will fill Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-Wis.) vacant House seat, became the first candidate-turned-member to sponsor a leadership PAC. He said he was surprised the name “Blue Majority” had not been taken and decided to make it his own.
The leadership PAC gained official status on Sept. 21, more than six weeks before the election. DeSantis, Wagner, Kilmer, Salmon and Williams followed suit in October.
Pocan said he was focused on helping people and making the steps necessary to regain a Democratic House majority, “even before day one.”
And he has a running head start: New campaign finance reports released Thursday revealed that Blue Majority PAC raised more than $33,000 since its inception.
(Can’t wait for the angry blog post by Mike McCabe on this news…)
At the Washington Post’s “The Fix” blog, Aaron Blake writes that Democratic odds of taking the majority are quite long for 2014. Simply put, they have history working against them as “The Six-Year Itch” is expected to be in full effect. History shows that the party of a president in the mid-terms of his second term often takes it on the chin.
Already on Blake’s first “line” of the 10 House seats most likely to flip in 2014, seven of them are currently held by Democrats.
But Pocan’s PAC isn’t about 2014. It’s about the years beyond.
Members form leadership PACs to fill the coffers of other candidates. Those who make said donations then expect to get something in return from the representative (newly-elected or returning) in the next session of Congress. With his ability to fund raise and his assured security by representing an ultramarine-level “blue” seat in Madison, Pocan isn’t trying to protect himself, he’s set to create quite the little favor factory for himself.
Not bad work if you can get it.