No doubt more than a few establishment Democrats are chafing at blogger Chris Bowers’ in-you-face “Use It or Lose It” campaign to cajole Dems in safe seats to contribute 30 percent of their campaign surpluses to fellow Dems in competitive races, but according to Lynn at Evergreen Politics, Washington’s own Norm Dicks has answered the call:
Congressman Norm Dicks of the 6th CD responded positively to the calls that folks made to ask him to contribute money from his campaign chest to Democrats running in more competitive districts. He donated $100,000 + according to Chris Bowers, reporting back on his “Use It or Lose It” program. This was on top of the nearly $600,000 that he raised yesterday for the DCCC from the lunch he hosted downtown for Al Gore. Also today, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy each donated $500,000 to the DSCC. This program is working. We may not get the entire $15 million we are looking for but it will be close.
As Lynn reports, Dicks had already contributed a considerable amount of money to fellow Dems, and helped raise quite a bit more. But when the Netroots called and asked for one last effort, Dicks was one of the first to respond. We’ll remember this.