Not Yet a Congressman, Pocan Already Has a PAC

Glad to see that attempt to get into lead­er­ship I’ve men­tioned to folks off-line is already underway.

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.

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