I haven’t written much about Leonard Boswell since the Democratic primary for the third Congressional district, because there hasn’t been much to say. He hasn’t been campaigning much, nor has he needed to. IA-03 is not a competitive House district according to any of the people who follow Congressional races closely (for instance, Swing State Project, the Cook Report and Open Left).
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spent money to defend Boswell in 2004 and 2006 but hasn’t seen the need for that this year.
So I was more than a little annoyed to receive a fundraising solicitation from Dody Boswell this week:
First, thank you all for your support with Leonard’s campaign. I know we’ve all been working hard for the last few months and now we only have 50 days to go! It’s great to know so many of you have already gone online to donate.
It is truly with urgency, that I need to ask you again to help out my husband. The election is closing in and we need to raise enough money to buy some media for the last few weeks of the campaign. We also have the reporting deadline in two weeks on September 30 and need to show the press that we have the funds to compete.
Our goal is within reach and I know if everyone donated at least forty-two more dollars we will make that goal!!! You can donate at www.boswellforcongress.com or click on the link below.
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE $42.00 BEFORE THE SEPTEMBER 30 DEADLINE!!!
I can personally tell you how hard Leonard works for us. And that he appreciates everything that you do to allow him to continue his efforts on our behalf in Washington.
I thank you so very much,
PS – Your small contribution of $42 really will make all the difference!
Boswell for Congress
P.O. Box 6220
Des Moines, IA 50309
Excuse me, Boswell needs “to show the press that we have the funds to compete”?
As of June 30, Boswell had $393,852 on hand, while little-known Republican challenger Kim Schmett had $28,768. Boswell has held several fundraisers since then.
He should not be asking constituents for more money. He should be handing over a large chunk of his campaign account to the DCCC so they can use it to play for more Republican-held seats and to defend truly vulnerable incumbents (the way the DCCC helped Boswell in past years).
You can reach Boswell’s Congressional office at (202)225-3806.
You can reach his campaign headquarters at (515)883-2254 or Campaign@BoswellForCongress.com.
Tell his staff that you want him to give at least 10 percent of his campaign’s cash on hand to the DCCC.
For more on this year’s Use It or Lose It campaign, read this post by Lucas O’Connor. If every safe House incumbent handed over 10 percent of his or her campaign account, the DCCC would have an additional $8.3 million to use in competitive races.
On a different subject, I called Boswell’s Congressional office yesterday and was told he did not have any statement yet on the bailout proposal. What do you want to bet he was among the Blue Dogs who urged Nancy Pelosi today to move toward the position of the Bush administration and corporate lobbyists?
I’ll fill in that oval next to Boswell’s name on the ballot, but he won’t get a dime from me.
I’m giving as much as I can afford to Rob Hubler and Becky Greenwald.