DNC to put up $50M for midterms

April 16, 2010 at 5:21 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- The Democratic National Committee plans to put up $50 million for House, Senate and gubernatorial races in November, a top party official says.

The official told Politico in a story published Friday aides are deciding how to target the contribution and what the split will be between cash and services. The money is to start flowing in June.

The DNC plans both record amounts of cash and field staff "with a special emphasis on base turnout -- youth, African-Americans, Latinos and first-time voters," the official said. President Barack Obama, who got heavy support from those groups in 2008, will help energize his base, he added.

In 2006, the DNC did comparatively little for midterm elections, leading to bitter words between Rahm Emanuel, who was then head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and is now Obama's chief of staff, and DNC Chairman Howard Dean.

Obama appeared at two fundraisers in Miami on Thursday, bringing in $2.5 million.

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