By Josephine Hearn - 05/09/06 12:00 AM EDT
The first phase of Democratic candidates to benefit from the House Democrats’ Red to Blue fundraising program includes six fewer candidates than originally reported.
Democrats are raising money for 16 candidates, according to fundraising packets obtained by The Hill, not the 22 previously touted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
The neglected six are Darcy Burner, challenger to Rep. Dave ReichertDavid ReichertOvernight Finance: Senators struggle with spending bill | Obama lifting Myanmar sanctions | Dems turn up heat on Wells Fargo | Panel votes to exempt Olympic medals from taxes Hatch: TPP deal can get done in lame-duck session Reichert: President Obama must rally Dems around Pacific trade deal MORE (R-Wash.); John Cranley, who is taking on Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio); Jill Derby, running for the vacant seat of Rep. James Gibbons (R-Nev.); Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Senate Dems call for investigation into Wells Fargo's wage practices Fears mount that Obama will change course on Israel in final months MORE in Rep. John Sweeney’s (R-N.Y.) district; Tessa Hafen, challenger to Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.); and Harry Mitchell, running against Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.).
A DCCC spokeswoman said the six would be included in the second phase of the program.
Bill Hyers, campaign manager for Gillibrand, said he is not concerned that his candidate was missing from the first fundraising effort.
“We’ve been given a timetable. I’ve been assured that we’ll get money before the end of the quarter,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Harry Mitchell was similarly unfazed.
“He definitely is on the list. ... [Rep.] Rahm Emanuel [D-Ill.] called him and told him so.”