Lynch Goes After the Party Central Committee

Congressman Lynch, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

In the Boston Herald today Congressman Stephen Lynch takes a solid whack at the Party Central Committee – excuse me, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – for showering Congressman Ed Markey with money while blocking contributions to Lynch. Here’s a sample:

“They haven’t been fair,” Lynch said of the national Democrats who he says have funneled donations and some union support Markey’s way. “No they haven’t been fair. I think they’ve done their best to discourage people from sending me contributions from Washington. They’ve basically said Markey’s our guy, don’t give to Lynch.

. . .

“It’s considerable. It’s tough when the party’s against you. The Senate Democratic committee has $40 million in their SuperPac,” he said.

I took up this theme back when Lynch was considering getting into the race in a January 29 post, Will Steve Lynch Buck the Party Central Committee? Here is part of what I wrote:

The Malden Democrat is near to clearing the field with a little help from his friends in the Democratic establishment, most especially the party check writers, aka the Central Committee of the Democratic Party – excuse me, I meant the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Diddy was right –“It’s all about the Benjamins” – and damn this thing we call our sort-of democracy in Massachusetts.

Now where would the Party Central Committee – excuse me, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – lay its hands on that sort of money? Just head over to the Center for Responsive Politics website opensecrets.org to find out. In 2012 the Party Central Committee raised about $145,000,000, and its top giving sectors were Ideology/Single Issue Groups, Lawyers/Lobbyists, and Finance/Insurance/Real Estate. Wall St. was mad at Obama in 2012 but in 2010 the leading sector was Finance/Insurance, Real Estate, then Lawyers/Lobbyists, then Ideology/Single Issue Groups. In 2008 Wall Street was really happy with the Democrats — $28.5 million to the Party Central Committee alone.

I haven’t seen every debate so far. Has anyone asked a “money in politics” question yet?

Money in politics is also at the heart of my earlier post today, Which Party Serves We, the People? Happy reading.

 

About Maurice T. Cunningham

Maurice T. Cunningham is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He teaches courses in American government including Massachusetts Politics, The American Presidency, Catholics in Political Life, The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln, American Political Thought, and Public Policy. His book Maximization, Whatever the Cost: Race, Redistricting and the Department of Justice examines the role of the DOJ in requiring states to maximize minority voting districts in the Nineties. He has published articles dealing with the role of the Catholic Church in Massachusetts politics and on party politics in the state. His research interests focus upon the changing political culture of Massachusetts. Professor Cunningham is a regular contributor to the online magazine CommonwealthMagazine.org. He is a former assistant district attorney and assistant attorney general in Massachusetts. Professor Cunningham is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. He earned his BA at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, his JD at New England School of Law, and PhD at Boston College. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.
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