Durbin Building Up Illinois Democrats

11/30/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Progress Illinois

With their sights set on winning a filibuster-proof, 60-seat majority, Senate Democrats are giving generously to the party's fundraising arm. But it's Illinois' own Dick Durbin who set the standard during this election cycle.

The Senate Majority Whip quietly transferred $1 million into the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in September. Shortly thereafter, Sen. John Kerry followed his lead, Roll Call reports:

Kerry handed over his $1 million to the campaign committee on Sept. 24 but, unlike Durbin, made his contribution public in an e-mail to supporters [...]

Mike Daly, Durbin's campaign manager, said his boss "thought the best use" of his resources "would be helping to get more Democrats elected in the Senate."

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