Blue Dog Democrats Display Stronger Than Average Fund-Raising in 2009

Whether it was health care reform, cap and trade climate proposals or financial regulatory reform, Blue Dog Democrats were often at the center of Congress’ top legislative fights.

This caucus of 54 moderate and conservative House Democrats was also at the center of political fund-raising in 2009, the Center for Responsive Politics has found.

Members of the Blue Dog Coalition raised at least $10 million overall each quarter last year, for a total of nearly $41.5 million raised.

These lawmakers collectively spent nearly $18.5 million, and they ended the year with $43.25 million in cash on hand, a CRP analysis has found.

Blue Dogs raised an average of $768,000 in 2009, spent almost $342,000 and ended the year with an average of more than $800,000 in cash on hand, the Center for Responsive Politics has found. The median amount raised by Blue Dogs was about $651,000 — with a median of about $260,000 spent and about $703,000 in the bank at the end of the year.

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