Progressives rebel against DCCC blacklist
The DCCC refused to acknowledge that anything changed with 2016. So to prevent another AOC they decided to blacklist anyone that works with any primary challenger.
Progressives have roundly criticized the DCCC for its plan to not conduct business with political vendors that work for candidates who plan to challenge incumbent Democrats. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., said the new policy could have prevented him from winning his congressional seat. Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said the DCCC’s vendor policy would empower lobbyists because “voters will have one less avenue to pursue change.”
The DCCC raised nearly $19 million in the first two months of this year, more money than it had raised by this point last election cycle, and the committee is relying more heavily on corporate lobbyists to collect checks. Lobbyists whose clients include health care, oil, gas, and coal interests, raised almost $440,000 for the DCCC in January and February, Federal Election Commission records show.
So the DCCC has given the left a great big middle finger, and embraced corruption. It decided to do the opposite of what the grassroots are doing.
What is the grassroots going to do, amirite?
It turns out, they are going to do quite a bit.
On Friday, Newman told Politico that four consulting firms abandoned her in response to the DCCC’s announcement in late March that it would not employ firms that work with primary challengers, and would discourage candidates from hiring them as well.
Moments after the report was published, the liberal group Democracy for America endorsed Newman’s primary bid. Both DFA and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee solicited donations for Newman from their sizable email lists.
The news and the show of support from outside groups had an impact. Between Friday morning and Monday evening, Newman’s campaign raised an additional $44,646 from 2,442 online donors, demonstrating that a segment of the Democratic electorate is motivated to help candidates precisely because they are shunned by the party establishment.
It seems that being on that blacklist is an easy way to get you donations.
Which shows how much the DCCC is hated amongst voters.
Yet Newman's campaign is just an example. The BIG pushback against the DCCC is happening at the colleges.
Young Democrats at more than 30 colleges nationwide plan to boycott the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in protest of a new policy critics say is intended to freeze out challengers to incumbent representatives.
The Harvard College Democrats are leading the coalition, which initially featured 26 chapters nationwide but which Harvard Democrats President Hank Sparks confirmed to The Hill currently stands at 42.
This is a big deal because college kids are the volunteers and organizers of political campaigns.
If you lose them, your campaign gets very expensive.
Plus, the GOP has a lock on old people. If the Dems can't motivate young people then the Dems won't win elections.
It seems this progressive rebellion has gotten so big that the DCCC can no longer ignore it.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Cheri Bustos, facing mounting pressure from the party's left, has agreed to a DCCC meeting with progressive groups who want her to ditch a controversial policy meant to shield incumbents from primary challenges, according to representatives from the progressive group Our Revolution.
Bustos has so far given no public indication that the committee would relax its stance against working with consultants and other operatives who assist candidates who challenge incumbent House Democrats.
Yeh, the DCCC isn't ready to change yet, but they are feeling the pressure.