On the Subject of Parties…

Politico had a piece earlier this month about how money is flowing through SuperPACs and third parties, rather than the traditional state parties.  Read it here.


State party officials across the country say the explosion of money into super PACs, nonprofit groups and presidential campaigns has made fundraising more difficult. And some of those outside groups are starting to take over the traditional local roles state parties play, spending big on voter contact and outreach operations.  The effect is that candidates can be more beholden to national organizations or single-issue groups rather than state party leaders.


Just as the Missouri Republican Party has struggled with fundraising, so have other state parties around the nation.


The New Mexico Democrats had just over $3,000 in cash on hand at the close of the year and was more than $30,000 in debt. The Delaware Republican Party had just under $2,000 on hand at the close of 2013, while the Kansas and Maryland GOP state parties had about $900 each. The Mississippi Democratic Party had $2,817.30 on hand, with nearly $6,000 in debt.


In Missouri, there’s no shortage of alternative funding sources beyond the state party.  One observer referred to “Rexland” where Rex Sinquefield has built a network of organizations devoted to his causes (taxes, education, St. Louis unification, chess…).  Congresswoman Ann Wagner is seen as increasingly building her own organization.  Consultants of course come into play.  David Barklage have been constructing a franchise of regional business organizations in the Lewis & Clark model.


Against this backdrop, Attorney General Chris Koster’s faithfulness to the Democratic Party is remarkable.  Whereas Governor Jay Nixon mostly did his own thing operating in a parallel universe from the Party, Koster has embraced his role as standard-bearer with financial commitments. 


Originally in February 19 MOScout.