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'Power Struggle': Key Highlights

First Posted: 06/08/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

Here are nine highlights from 'Power Struggle,' HuffPost's profile of the battle within the Democratic Party between the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Blue Dogs, New Democrats, and the party's leadership in the White House and Congress. Click here to read the full story.

Democrats Nurture Their Most Conservative Members.
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House Democrats worship their majority by pooling campaign funds in a welfare scheme for conservative members holding red seats. Members of the conservative Blue Dog and New Democrat coalitions are showered with extra campaign money from fellow Democrats.

Vulnerable members are given special monetary attention from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which collects dues of $150,000 from rank-and-file House members and $250,000 or more from committee chairmen every campaign cycle. On top of that, there's direct giving from fellow Democrats. Even the most liberal representatives get in on the act: Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus have collectively given $6.3 million to Blue Dogs and New Dems since 1995. That's one-sixth of all intra-party giving in both the House and Senate. Add to that the millions spent by organized labor and outside groups such as MoveOn.org, and progressives emerge as a major financial benefactor of the conservative Democrats who undermine their agenda.

While Blue Dogs and New Dems have each given their fellow travelers $2.4 million in the past 15 years, members of the much larger progressive caucus have helped each other to the tune of just $1.3 million. Members of the conservative coalitions have given progressives less than $600,000. Chump change.
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