Friday, March 29, 2013

They've got their lists, we've got ours. Top donors threaten Dems: Do the "right thing" on guns, or no more money

With red state Democratic Senators remaining skittish about embracing Obama’s gun proposals, at least two top Democratic donors are stepping forward and vowing to withhold any and all future financial contributions from any Democrats who don’t support the centerpiece of Obama’s plan: Expanded background checks.
Kenneth Lerer, a New York businessman who is chairman of, and David Bohnett, a technology entrepreneur and philanthopist based in Los Angeles, are both major financial supporters of Democratic candidates, having each given scores of large contributions over the years. They are both key players in the political fundraising world and wield influence among other donors and fundraisers.
Neither will give another dime to any Senate Democrat who does not support expanded background checks, I’m told — and both will suggest to other donors that they do the same. The move underscores the rising importance of gun control as an issue in Democratic politics — and the rising frustration in some Democratic circles with elected officials who continue to regard gun politics as a third rail, at a moment that presents a real opportunity to achieve serious reform, with a policy that enjoys near universal public support.
“At some point you have to draw a line in the sand — for me that time is now,” Lerer told me in an interview. “If candidates or officeholders can’t support something like comprehensive and enforceable background checks, then I wouldn’t think of giving them any money going forward.”
Lerer also said he would be intensifying his contributions to Democratic Senate candidates in the next few years — excluding any that don’t take a strong position on gun control. “We intend to get very active in Senatorial campaigns during the next cycle and the one after,” he said. Red state Dems up for reelection in 2014 include Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan, Mark Begich, Mark Pryor, and Max Baucus.


Anonymous said...

Who are these two Libtard assturds? Do they operate any businesses that affect us, the average citizen? If so, stage a boycott. Don't buy or support their goods/services. Show them what it means about "no more money" and "lines in the sand".

B Woodman

Anonymous said...

The First Amendment is so useful - it allows us to know wh the worst enemies of the 2nd are!

Another couple on the list ...

It also serves to inform us of which Senators can be bought for 30 pieces of silver.


Anonymous said...

Money buys fear. Lack of money buys complicity. Throw ALL the bastards out.


Anonymous said...

Forty agents?

Anonymous said...

It's refreshing to have these public admissions that 'elected representatives' are for sale to the highest 'donor.'